Gentle Path at The Meadows located in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experientially based 45-day treatment program for men with the complex issues of sexual addictions.

We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility with 28 beds. We are the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to Sexual Addiction and are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high quality care, and treatment. Patients can be assured outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.

In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, men are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

The Gentle Path IOP was developed to fill the gap between inpatient treatment and returning to a patient’s home therapist.  Patients with sexual addiction issues require specially trained clinicians who understand the unique needs and challenges of these individuals, and who are experienced in dealing with the shame of Sexual Addiction and the difficulties faced by patients as they transition back to “the real world.” To start or continue the recovery journey, we offer the Gentle Path IOP for both men and women suffering from sexual addiction. The program is an eight-to-twelve-week group offering Group Therapy, Individual sessions, Neurofeedback, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Yoga, Tai Chi, Art Therapy, and psychiatric appointments all working hand in hand with local sober living houses who are skilled in handling the special challenges of a sexually addicted patient.  The groups are facilitated by a CSAT trained therapist using Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 Task Model and are suitable for individuals who are coming out of inpatient treatment or who are just starting their recovery journey but do not require an inpatient level of care.

Sex addiction and related issues can have a profound effect on the individual as well as his family and friends. At Gentle Path at The Meadows our staff have an expert understanding in both in-network and out-of-network benefits, and are trained to work with insurance companies on behalf of our clients in order to find the best possible solutions for them. Our staff will work closely with insurance companies to streamline the process for our patients and ensure that the maximum benefit available is received for them.

Dr. Patrick Carnes
Monica Meyer, Ph.D., CSAT-S, Clinical Director
Isabel Nino de Guzman, Ph.D., CSAT, Licensed Psychologist
Holly Doolin, Ph.D., CSAT, Therapist
Dr. Steve Dulla, MD

Types of Intensives:


The Betrayal Bond workshop is designed to help participants free themselves from, and recover from, exploitive relationships, processes, and situations.

This workshop was developed under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Carnes, internationally known sex addiction expert and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, and is based on his groundbreaking book of the same name.

The workshop addresses exploitation of all kinds: marital, familial, relational, professional, religious, litigious, child abuse, domestic violence, cults, and addictions. The goals of this workshop are to help participants:

  • Recognize, acknowledge and develop insights about situations, people, and processes that are exploitive in nature.
  • Breakthrough denial, identify signs that a betrayal bond exists and grieve losses.
  • Explore the root causes of one’s involvement in relationships, situations, and processes that are destructive to them.
  • Identify key elements that drive the cycle of abuse and betrayal of trust and power
  • Learn about the psychodynamic and neurobiological concepts behind exploitive situations and relationships.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with Claudia Black, Ph.D., The Meadows  Senior Fellow, and author of Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets and Intimate Treason. Working from a clinical model based on addiction and trauma, partners impacted by the destruction of sexual compulsion have the opportunity to begin healing from intimate betrayal. Participants learn about the biology and the behavior of sex and love addiction and explore their own relational templates. This is an experientially based workshop that assists partners in moving through their grief and loss, breaking free from the attachment to fantasy, and enhancing emotional self-regulation. Developing internal, external, and sexual boundaries, participants learn how to move from a position of victimization to personal empowerment. This workshop creates a safe and compassionate environment that provides a path to healing that gives voice to the partners’ truth as they travel on their own journey in recovery.


This workshop serves to help couples explore their relational difficulties in a safe environment while learning how to work together to heal their relationship. In a small group of couples, participants discover the enjoyment of working together using Pia Mellody’s revolutionary model. Couples practice how to address painful issues utilizing boundaries and improved communication, and building on existing strengths within the coupleship. New rules of engagement are introduced. Vulnerability is encouraged.  Exploration of embroiled patterns stemming from family of origin are examined reducing shame and aiding in the release of those behaviors.


This workshop is created for women who want to explore unhealthy sexual patterns and behaviors that deeply impact their ability to connect relationally in healthy ways. Whether the issues involved are past or present trauma, cultural messages, or negative beliefs, all can serve as roadblocks to true intimacy. Understanding the neurobiology that leads to sexual obsession and compulsivity offers a foundation to shame reduction and the alleviation of self-loathing. Emotional regulation, body image, triggers for sexual acting out, and grief related to the myriad of associated losses are just a few of the many issues that are explored. Methods of enhancing esteem from within, rather than seeking validation from other sources are instilled. Critical to ongoing recovery, the ability to differentiate the behavior from one’s worth offers the participant greater compassion for self. Participants garner necessary tools and develop their own individual recovery plan. This workshop offers each individual a safe, supportive environment in which to explore sensitive issues.


The Discovery to Recovery intensive series was designed by Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., CSAT-S, a specialist in addictions and enmeshment issues. This intensive offers a safe and therapeutically supported process designed to help couples whose relationships have been shattered by sex addiction to begin to heal and recover. This series is comprised of three carefully planned healing intensives to help guide the couple from the early stages of discovery and disclosure to a life of recovery and renewed hope together or separate, as the couple decides. Couples can attend whichever intensive best fits their timing and needs or complete all three in succession.


Each intensive will be grounded in affect regulating and experiential therapeutic modalities that will allow both members of the couple to access their emotions in a safe and contained environment. These modalities include Yoga, Tai Chi, and mindfulness exercises.

Intensive 1 – Discovery: From Secrecy to Transparency

  • Education modules on addiction, betrayal, and the value of disclosure
  • Shame reduction and affect regulation skill development
  • Disclosure preparation, clinical polygraph, and full therapeutic disclosure
  • Disclosure clarification session
  • Sobriety and self-care plans
  • Post disclosure and couples recovery plan

Intensive 2 – Impact: From Recognition to Amends

  • Education modules on complex partner trauma, zones of impact, dissociations, and disembodiment
  • Partners will identify the components of their story and present a letter to the sex addict.
  • Addicts will present amends and restitution letter.
  • Plan and skill development to assist couple from negative “spiraling”
  • Couples recovery plan expanded

Intensive 3 – Recovery: From Grief to Hope

  • Education modules on difficult conversations, trauma and grief
  • Focuses on the value of grieving and rewriting the couple’s narrative
  • Identification of family of origin trauma
  • Assistance in grieving the loss of the original dream for the relationship
  • Couples recovery plan completed
  • New couples narrative honored and celebrated in closing ceremony

One year after the completion of all three intensives, couples can attend a Couples Weekend Refresher at no additional charge. The refresher offers ongoing support for the couple, helps them to reinforce commitments they made in rewriting their story, and encourages them to celebrate new anniversaries and successes.


Men’s Sexual Recovery addresses sexual obsession and compulsive behaviors. Men are often hesitant to discuss sexual feelings and experiences. Consequently, they carry burdens of shame, and painful memories of unresolved sexual experiences or uncontrolled sexual behaviors. When appropriately managed, sexual drive can be a positive and productive life force that compels us to form relationships that inspire us to live better lives. This inner drive is explored—with compassion, humor, and zest for life—as participants are reminded that sex can be enjoyable, fulfilling, and deeply meaningful.

This workshop helps to lift the shame and resolve sexual dilemmas and self­-destructive behaviors. It broadens many participants’ views about sexuality, as they learn how to have productive experiences, maintain positive relationships, and avoid the harmful patterns of the past.

The workshop is best for those who want to jump-start their recovery process, prevent relapse, or acquire tools to support continued recovery.

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