Located in Wickenburg, Arizona, The Meadows Ranch is a renowned behavioral health facility with comprehensive residential treatment programs for adult women and adolescent women struggling with eating disorders and related dual diagnosis issues. The organization is Joint Commission-accredited and provides individualized care plans with an interdisciplinary therapeutic approach.
Accommodations and Food
The facility itself is a spacious ranch on 150 acres of arid land in the Sonoran desert. There are a total of 38 beds available for residents, six of which are set aside for medical stabilization. Adults and adolescents live in separate parts of the facility. No more than three residents share each room —the organization makes a point of not offering private rooms to prevent residents from isolating or withdrawing from the group. Each comes with full beds, dressers, nightstands, lamps and comfortable decorations.
The ranch also has plenty of outdoor space, which features an organic garden that residents tend to and eat from. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool as well as various paddocks for horses used in equine therapy. In the facility itself there are also therapy rooms, shared lounge spaces and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Because food is such a major part of the program, residents start treatment being served three meals a day plus snacks from a team on on-staff nutritionists and chefs but take more of a role in preparing their own meals as they progress through the curriculum.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all participants go through an initial intake and assessment process. This helps staff determine their medical history and needs. Because the facility includes nursing support, those in need of detox or medical stabilization services can do so on-site.
Though all programs are individualized, treatment at the Meadows Ranch follows a developmental treatment model created by Pia Melody in the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on early childhood issues, identity and trauma. All programs include both individual and group therapy with evidence-based treatment practices including CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR. In addition these methods, other holistic approaches including somatic experiencing, art therapy and psychodrama are also used. Residents are also required to work a 12-step program, with special faith-based care services available as well. All participants also work regularly with nutritionists and dietitians to learn healthy eating skills and attend meal exposure therapy as well.
As mentioned, support for a variety of co-occurring disorders is available. The staff at the Meadows Ranch consists of psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, psychologists, LCPCs, Certified Eating Disorder Specialists (CEDS), LPCs, CADCs and additional Master’s and PhD-level clinicians.
As mentioned, residents also attend equine therapy sessions throughout the program with on-site horses. The facility also has a Challenge Course, a volleyball court and Tai Chi classes.
Adolescent clients work with teachers throughout treatment to ensure they don’t fall behind in school.
Each program also includes an intensive family week wherein each resident’s family comes on-site and participates in a series of intense family therapy sessions.
Finally, those who complete a primary care plan can work with staff members to develop discharge and aftercare plans, which can include Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) through the Meadows as well.
Overall, the Meadows Ranch provides a unique and self-generated approach to treating eating disorders and related behavioral health issues drawing on a variety of perspectives. Treatment is evidence-based but also includes holistic methods, equine therapy and plenty of discussion and analysis of early childhood issues. While its approach may be somewhat unorthodox compared to other 30-day eating recovery programs, The Meadows Ranch remains a strong resource staffed with distinguished counselors and medical professionals.
The Meadows Ranch Location
3400 N Sabin Brown Rd
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
The Meadows Ranch Cost
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