By Sheila Wells, Gentle Path Behavioral Health Technician

When you come to Gentle Path at The Meadows, you are not going to be alone. You are going to have the best care you can get, not only from the staff but also from the people you will meet who have struggles similar to yours.

People You Can Count On

The people that meet you at Gentle Path will become your lifetime supporters. They are there to call on even after you leave treatment when you think you just need the extra little boost to keep going in the right direction.

For the first week or so, you will have a peer buddy that will show you around and stick by your side until you are able to get around campus on your own.

Dr. Patrick Carnes headed up this program and he has been through all of this himself, so he understands how you feel when you come in. He gives lectures to all of our patients, and—let me tell you—he is wonderful. He really knows what he is doing. I have been to one of his lectures and I loved it. It was truly inspiring.

Time to Focus on Yourself

Every aspect of our program is designed to allow you focus on healing emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

You will be able to talk to your family and children once you are here for two weeks. It might seem like a long time to wait but we always want you to work on yourself first so that you are better able to connect with your family. Your spouse or partner will also have the opportunity to join you for Family Week so that you can work on healing together.

You will be able to meditate each morning to help you clear your mind and get the most out of the day ahead of you. We also offer additional brain-based therapies through The Brain Center, along with Somatic Experiencing, neurofeedback, nutritional consultation, and trauma treatment. We also have daily group therapy sessions and a Psychologist and Psychiatrist on campus to help you out one-on-one if you are having a rough day.

On the weekends you can watch TV, go to the pool (which is very relaxing), and spend some time getting to know your peers better. We have games to play and we have a great art barn where you would be able to work on personal projects and therapeutic assignments. We have an affirmation trail you can walk when you are feeling down and just need a little space to collect your thoughts for the day. We also have a beautiful pond and outdoor sitting area where you can relax and reflect.

You won’t have to worry about day-to-day necessities. You will be able to make a shopping list so that we can do your shopping for you on Tuesdays and Fridays. Housekeeping is here to keep your rooms clean. Your meals are all taken care of by our top-notch chef and the food is great.

Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

We also have a great aftercare program that can help you figure out your next steps after leaving treatment. We are always here to help you in any way we can. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that you may have and we are here to support you in any way we can. We love it when you call just to let us know how you are doing or even just to say “Hi.” Being here is going to feel just like family.

I’m not saying it won’t be hard here for the first week; everyone is scared when they first get here. But, once you get settled in and relax and you will start to make great friends and great progress here.

I have seen a lot of patients come and go. When they leave here, they tend to be feeling much better than when they came in. If you are struggling right now, please don’t be afraid to reach out to us for help. We have both inpatient and outpatient options, and even a 5-day intensive workshop for those who aren’t sure they need a higher level of treatment. You can call our intake staff at 855-333-6076 or send us a message online.