Eating Disorder Treatment Center

At the Meadows Ranch, the medical and clinical staff are attentive to the needs of patients and always maintain the level of professionalism and confidentiality that enables patients to entirely focus on treatment.

Help for Eating Disorders

The Developmental Model of Immaturity was developed in the 1970s by Pia Mellody, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Wickenburg. Pia found that she was encountering an increasing number of patients who identified with less-than-nurturing, abusive family systems in their childhood – leading to adulthood behaviors of codependency. The codependency patterns translated into addictions, mood disorders, and physical illness.

Pia’s continued work with patients led to the conclusion that people with codependence wind up in despair and can die from the effects of codependence. Thus, the model was born to help patients understand the family of origin issues that brought them to the symptoms of their addictions, mood disorders, and relationship struggles.

At The Meadows Ranch, we use The Meadows Model to help patients identify emotional triggers that may lead to unhealthy eating behaviors and to treat co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety.

A Model for Recovery

Our treatment staff utilizes The Meadows Model that entails:

  • 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.

Recovery Skills to Last a Lifetime at our Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

For additional information about the treatment of eating, disorders, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.