A Virtual Tour Of Our Campus – Rio Retreat Center

The first thing patients will notice about the Rio Retreat Center is the peaceful, natural setting in which our facility is located. Our campus creates an atmosphere that is conducive to contemplative work and self-examination. Famous for its breathtaking landscapes and tranquil beauty, the Wickenburg area rests on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert, just below Arizona’s mountainous country.

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Many of our patients feel that the peacefulness of the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows campus reinforces their mindset for recovery.

We Can Help

Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self. To learn more about the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows or to sign up for one of our groundbreaking workshops, call us at 866-494-4930 or fill out the form below and a representative will be happy to provide you more information.

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Counseling for Grief Arizona

Relationships cannot be stronger if they do not pass through hardships. Some couples pass relationship tests with flying colors while some who fail to make it work. As long as each partner is willing to address the issue and participate in developing a solution, most relationship problems are manageable. However, when challenges are left unaddressable, tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health and longevity of the relationship are in jeopardy. These couples could open themselves up to relationship counseling or counseling for grief therapies. If you feel you are one of these, Rio Retreat at the Meadows in Arizona is the place where you could seek help from experts.

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Stress and relationship:

Stress due to work or social pressure could affect relationship negatively. Communication plays a big role in the relationship. Resentment, contempt, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressable. Some common relationship concerns include routine conflict, emotional distance, sexual intimacy issues, and lack of trust. Sometimes, marriage itself can be the issue at hand for couple, when one partner wants to marry, and other does not.

Healing Heartache: A Grief And Loss Workshop

Healing Heartache: A Grief And Loss Workshop provides a safe, sacred for participants to lean into the grief, which facilitates the healing. Loss can come in many forms including death of a loved one, loss of one’s health, relationship losses, major life changes, lost opportunities, etc. During this 5-day workshop:

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  • Cumulative loss over the life cycle will be examined,

  • Myths and inaccurate messages about grief will be dispelled, helping to normalize feelings,

  • Thinking processes and patterns of destructive behavior following trauma or loss will be explored

  • Feelings and words left unsaid will be released through experiential exercises,

  • Issues pertaining to relational problems will be addressed, with an emphasis on recognizing emotional reactions to loss, trauma, and broken dreams,

  • Resources will be offered to assist participants in moving forward, and

  • Psycho-education on grief and recovery will be provided, offering hope for the future.

To register, or for more information, call 866-835-5431.
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Mutual Respect and The Power of Intimacy

Power is a very interesting phenomenon. I remember having numerous conversations about the complex intersection of power and relationships in graduate school. There was a lot of confusion as to what exactly power even is.
One of the most common misunderstandings about power is that it is a linear phenomenon. In fact, power comes at us from numerous sources all of the time.


The second most common misunderstanding is that power is a zero-sum game— either you have it or I have it. And whatever you have, I can’t have, and vice-versa. This fundamentally flawed way of thinking about power greatly impacts our experiences in relationships.

There are two main ways we experience power in our relationships: power
with and power over (you have power over someone else or some else has power over you). The Man Rules say that real men have power and are never weak or powerless. Therefore, from a very early age, young boys are encouraged to find power over – power over others, power over their feelings, and power over themselves.


The Woman Rules say that women should be cooperative, passive, nurturing, selfless, and not too strong. Therefore, from a very early age, young girls are encouraged to find power
with. Women are expected to share power with others even if it puts them at a disadvantage; even when it means they have to give up their own power.

And that is the rub in so many heterosexual relationships.

Making Peace with Power

You cannot have a relationship that doesn’t involve a complex interaction with power. What some people don’t often consider is that power can be healthy. In fact, it is an essential part of the day-to-day human experience.

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To help us explore the complexity of power in relationships, we can look to the classic Karpman drama triangle which illustrates the shifting, and sometimes destructive, roles of persecutor, rescuer, and victim that people play in relational conflicts. In this “drama triangle” each person involved in a conflict experiences and acts out all of these roles at different times. The role we take on can determine how we perceive our partners, interpret their behavior, and interact with them.

The reason these triangles arise, and often endure, is that each person, regardless of their role, finds that they get their unspoken, and often unconscious, psychological needs met by playing these roles—roles which they most likely originally “perfected” through the power dynamic that played out within their family as a child.

Whether they play the victim or persecutor, or some combination of all three roles, in the end, each person feels justified in acting upon their needs. Feeling satisfied, they often conveniently fail to acknowledge the dysfunctional ways they tend to go about getting their needs met, or the harm that is being done as a result to themselves, their partners, or any third parties (like children) who may be directly or indirectly involved in their conflict.

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When there are times of disconnection in the relationship and even if, for whatever reason, there is a loss of respect between partners, intimacy can only be restored in the space of mutuality. We have to move away from the desire to have power over our partners toward the experience of having power with them. When we are able to uncover how our emotional needs arise from our childhood trauma, and release some of that pain, we have the ability to break free from the drama triangle and build an intimate and nurturing environment of mutual respect. Is it easier to let our relationships fall into a series of power plays or to maintain a space of mutual respect? I would suggest the former.

We have to build up our emotional and spiritual muscle in order to truly listen to our partners and maintain respect, especially when they are being their very human and imperfect selves and not doing what we want them to do or being who we want them to be.

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