The Meadows Ranch

By The Fix staff 08/18/17

The Meadows Ranch, located in the desert area of Wickenburg, Arizona, offers residential treatment for women of all ages who are dealing with eating and co-occurring disorders.

The Meadows Ranch
Location : 3400 N Sabin Brown Rd Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone : 866-332-7381
Price : $1,275 (per day) $57,375 (45 days)
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Introduction and Basic Services

The Meadows Ranch offers a residential treatment and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for women of all ages who are dealing with eating and co-occurring disorders. The Meadows Ranch is located in the desert area of Wickenburg, Arizona, about an hour’s drive from Phoenix. A man whose own daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder at the age of ten founded the organization over a quarter of a century ago. The facility is JCAHO accredited, meaning that it meets a national standard for patient safety and the level of staff training.

Facility and Meals

The Meadows Ranch boasts hospital-level care in 150 acres of relaxed, ranch-like space. Surrounded by the Sonoran desert, the gated villa has an organic garden that is maintained by clients and provides food for meals. The well-manicured outdoor area has a swimming pool flanked by lounge chairs as well as a challenge course. There are comfortable lounge areas located on the building’s patios, as well as a backyard fire pit surrounded by couches. There is ample grassy space, which overlooks the rolling desert mountains.

Adults and adolescents are housed in separate spaces. There are a total of 38 beds for adults at The Meadows Ranch, with six of them specifically designated as beds for high acuity clients. The large residential facility has well-lit triple bedrooms with comfortable twin beds and relaxing armchairs. There are no private rooms in order to keep clients from isolating themselves. An indoor living room has plenty of seating surrounding a modern coffee table that is decorated with fresh flowers. One dining area is adjacent to the kitchen, where residents prepare meals, while another features white tablecloths draped over four-person tables.

A chef prepares food for residents until they are weight stabilized and have transitioned into the PHP or residential program, at which point they make their own meals and participate rotationally in clean up chores.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Stays typically last 45 to 60 days. Treatment covers anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating and related disorders. Typical co-occurring issues include OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

A 24-hour nursing staff helps ease clients through any necessary weight restoration in the Critical Care Inpatient Unit (CCIU). The CCIU also manages any necessary chemical dependency detox.

Goal-based, individualized treatment focuses both on the eating disorder at hand and dealing with any resulting medical complications. Clients can expect nutritional education, cooking demonstrations and meal planning-related activities to build a healthy relationship to food. Treatment also incorporates healing from trauma and care for any co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Clients may choose either a 12-step or Bible-based treatment plan. Modalities include individual and group therapies, meal exposure therapy, somatic therapy, ACT, trauma therapy, CBT, DBT, creative therapies and ERP.

The Meadows Ranch also uses a proprietary form of therapy that focuses on managing codependence by identifying the emotional triggers that have led to disordered eating and any additional diagnoses. This takes into account a client’s emotional development and state, the actions that have resulted in maladaptive behaviors and reversion to a “younger ego,” teaching self-acceptance, emotional tools and increased resilience.

The staff monitors meals closely to help clients both maintain healthy eating habits and to get a clear picture of their thinking patterns. A culinary training program, which includes education on kitchen equipment and cooking skills, helps prepare residents to make nutritious meals once they get home.

Adolescents have access to a classroom academic program under the watchful eye of a licensed teacher.

Staff includes doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, Master’s-level therapists, RNs, an MFT, and registered dietitians.

Bonus Amenities

Dog therapy, creative therapies, experiential therapy, challenge courses and organic gardening are available. There is a volleyball area on the campus’ backyard. Non-denominational chapel services are also offered. Equine therapy involves both taking care of the horses and riding them. With the approval of a doctor, clients are allowed to participate in a body movement program that includes Tai chi, body stretches and swimming in the pool.

Families are involved throughout the duration of the treatment process through an on-site family week and webinars. Focus is on improving communication patterns, addressing negative feelings and establishing a solid support system. Family week occurs three fourths of the way through the client’s stay.


The Meadows Ranch offers an unusual home-like environment, rather than a hospital setting, for recovery from eating disorders. Its women-only, individualized program allows for focused and thorough treatment designed specifically for each client.

The Meadows Ranch

3400 N Sabin Brown Rd

Wickenburg, AZ 85390


The Meadows Ranch Cost: $1,275 (per day), $57,375 (45 days); accepts insurance. Find The Meadows Ranch on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

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