The Meadows Model
An innovative, proven approach that bears our name
Paving the way
The Meadows Model is based on the pioneering work of Meadows Senior Fellow Pia Mellody. This groundbreaking approach is at the core of all Meadows Behavioral Healthcare treatment programs, including The Meadows Outpatient Center locations.
A Proprietary Treatment Model
Leads to a legacy of healing
One of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships, Pia Mellody created her Developmental Model of Immaturity in the 1970s while working at our flagship program, The Meadows. She found that she was encountering an increasing number of patients who identified less-than-nurturing, abusive family systems in their childhood, which led to adulthood behaviors of codependency. Those codependency patterns translated into addictions, mood disorders and physical illness. Mellody’s continued work with patients led to the conclusion that people with codependence wind up in despair and actually die from the effects of codependence.
Thus, the Meadows Model was born, and the Model of Developmental Immaturity is still incorporated into every facet of each Meadows Behavioral Healthcare treatment program today, from week-long workshops to inpatient treatment and intensive outpatient options. At The Meadows Outpatient Center — and all Meadows treatment programs — we use these innovative therapeutic techniques to identify and treat the underlying trauma of addictive and dysfunctional processes.
Hear From Our CEO
“It’s been an important process for us to develop world-class outpatient treatment, but at the same time trying to make it accessible to everyone. Our job is to minimize the hurdles.“
A patient’s developmental history is used to track emotional development.
The therapist assesses whether a patient’s emotional state is less than optimal.
The therapist identifies patient actions that create unmanageability and relational problems.
Patients learn to identify when they are “activated” or “triggered” into younger ego states.
Patients learn that in the present they experience “residual energy” from the past.
Patients learn that everyone is born valuable, vulnerable, imperfect, dependent, spontaneous, and open.
Patients gain tools to track progress and develop the vocabulary to describe emotions.
Increased resiliency allows for availability in relationships, living in the here and now, exploring options, understanding choices, and creating stability.
Why it Matters
Today, we continue to see unresolved trauma and other issues from childhood that result in behaviors of codependency as they grow up. This past pain impacts present-day happiness, and these issues translate into addictions, mood disorders, and physical illness. By addressing the trauma at the root, those in our program are able to achieve not just temporary relief but lasting recovery.