The Meadows Model

The Foundation of All We Do

The Meadows Model is at the core of all Meadows Behavioral Healthcare treatment programs, including Willow House at The Meadows. This groundbreaking approach is based on the pioneering work of Meadows Senior Fellow Pia Mellody.

A Proprietary Treatment Model, A Legacy of Healing

The Meadows Model was creating by our own Pia Mellody, one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships, and it is based on her Developmental Model of Immaturity.

Pia Mellody and The Model of Developmental Immaturity

The Model of Developmental Immaturity was developed by Mellody 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. The 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.
Developmental Model of Immaturity

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A Model for Recovery

Our treatment team utilizes The Meadows Model, which includes:
Developmental History – A patient’s developmental history is used to track emotional development.
Emotional State – The therapist assesses whether a patient’s emotional state is less than optimal.
Patient Actions – The therapist identifies patient actions that create unmanageability and relational problems.
Younger Ego – Patients learn to identify when they are “activated” or “triggered” into younger ego states.
Residual Energy – Patients learn that in the present they experience “residual energy” from the past.
Born Valuable – Patients learn that everyone is born valuable, vulnerable, imperfect, dependent, spontaneous, and open.
Gain Tools – Patients gain tools to track progress and develop the vocabulary to describe emotions.
Increased Resiliency – Increased resiliency allows for availability in relationships, living in the here and now, exploring options, understanding choices, and creating stability.

At Willow House — and all Meadows-branded treatment programs — we use these innovative therapeutic techniques to identify and treat the underlying trauma of addictive and dysfunctional processes to help people find hope and healing.

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