The Desert Experience Offered at The Meadows Wickenburg

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The Meadows’ Desert Experience, a spiritual ceremony for patients leaving The Meadows after their five-week inpatient stay, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3.

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“Recovery is experienced in our souls. The Desert Experience is a very soulful process,” Pat Medford, Evening and Weekend Counselor at The Meadows commented.

The Meadows’ Desert Experience, a spiritual ceremony for patients leaving The Meadows Wickenburg after their five-week inpatient stay, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3.

Pat Medford, Evening and Weekend Counselor at The Meadows, has been the facilitator for the Desert Experience since 2008. According to Medford, the Experience has been part of The Meadows’ treatment model for approximately 15 years.

Each week groups numbering anywhere from two to 18 patients drive to the desert near Wickenburg and sit around a campfire to make spiritual sense of what they have just been through in treatment. “The whole idea is to put a spiritual capstone on their treatment,” Medford said.

Medford explained that the spiritual nature of the Desert Experience comes from the idea of the 12 Steps that is part of The Meadows’ treatment model. During the ceremony, the group focuses on a four-stage process discussing what kind of crisis brought them to treatment, along with what they learned about themselves during treatment and those things that are no longer useful. The last topic is what have they learned, where are they headed, and where are they going when they leave The Meadows.

“Recovery is experienced in our souls. The Desert Experience is a very soulful process,” Medford commented.

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit http://www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three centers or in national workshops.The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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