Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, and Medical Services Advisor at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, will host a workshop on “Eating Disorders –Separating the Person from the Disease” during the 37th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders.

United States Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ, 4th District) met with staff at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows on January 4, 2016. During his visit, he learned more about eating disorders and discussed how potential legislation through the Anna Westin Act could help those struggling with eating disorders receive the life-saving treatment they need.
The third Monday of every January has been declared “the most depressing day of the year.” Even though there’s little scientific evidence that depressed moods peak at this time, many people do start to feel blue this time of year for one reason or another. In many parts of the country, the weather is cold and dreary, the holidays are over and the credit card bills from said holidays need to be paid.

It’s important to note, that there’s a significant difference between feeling a little blue and suffering from clinical depression. If you’re not sure whether what you’re feeling is a temporary “funk” or something serious, please reach out to a healthcare professional.

Adult Coloring Books were big sellers this past holiday season. If you checked’s list of top-twenty best-sellers at any time in the last couple of months, you would find that up to 10 of the books listed on any given day were coloring books. The books feature mandalas, secret gardens, enchanted forests and a number of other intricately patterned designs.

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, and Meadows Senior Fellow with Remuda Ranch recently wrote an article for Eating Disorder Hope that spoke about five free ways you can support your spouse throughout their eating disorder recovery.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:33

Sobriety in the New Year

The New Year symbolizes a time for fresh starts. Everyone is making resolutions to better themselves in the coming year, so it’s no surprise that many people decide to pursue sobriety. Starting a new year with the decision to find sobriety and heal lifelong wounds is a very courageous decision. Usually, though, simply making a resolution is not enough. This is true even with non-addicts. But the good news is, there are steps to take that can significantly aid in reaching and maintaining sobriety.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:39

The Holidays Offer Lessons for Recovery

By Lynn Litschke, Chaplain/Spiritual Care Provider at The Meadows

‘Tis the season of celebration. The landscape of our everyday lives is transformed with the glow of candles, the jingle of bells, the fragrance of pine and spice, wrapping paper and ribbons, feasting and festivity. There is a touch of magic in the air.

Yet for those of us in recovery this can also be a difficult season fraught with triggers, painful memories, and feelings of being disconnected and flawed. In the midst of it all are opportunities to lean solidly into our spirituality and discover new understandings of ourselves and of the season.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 15:19

Eating Disorder Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for women struggling with eating disorders. Many of our traditions and celebrations are centered around food. And, the additional pressures and obligations that often come with the season can intensify the unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms associated with the eating disorders.
Monday, 14 December 2015 14:49

Adderall Abuse and Eating Disorders

Adderall is an amphetamine stimulant prescribed for ADHD, ADD, and narcolepsy. The effects of this drug include a heightening of attention, energy and awareness. Additionally, the drug can create the compulsion to achieve a task or goal the person taking it might not otherwise think possible. On top of all that, Adderall is an appetite suppressant. These qualities make the drug extremely attractive for college-aged women who are susceptible to disordered eating habits.
Friday, 11 December 2015 22:22

Celebrating Hanukkah with Sufganiyot

By Helen Pak, Director of Nutrition Services

At Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, one of the ways we help our eating disorder patients improve their relationships with food is through a series of fun and educational culinary challenges.

Our staff have an expert understanding in both in-network and out-of-network benefits including:

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