Samantha (Sam) Meadows is deeply intuitive and has immense experience of working with patients and their families in the field of addiction and recovery. Sam is often the first person on the scene when an emergency family intervention is required and applies her extensive expertise to handling what has often been a drawn-out, traumatic experience, which has now reached crisis point.

Sam started her career with DrugsLine, where she worked for ten years supporting addicts to becme independent as well as setting up some of the first educational and group sessions in schools. Sam has a wealth of experience running group sessions with children, dealing with bullying, and emphasising the need for appropriate and estimable action.

Sam then moved to The Priory, Roehampton, where she trained under Dr Philip Bacon and specialised in conducting dual diagnosis, mental health evaluation reports. After seven yeaars at The Priory, Sam then worked as a full-time Interventionist. In this role, she could be called out to anywhere in the wworld at any time to attend a crisis situation - normally with both the patient and their family. Due to her level of expertise in these crisis situations, other healthcare professionals often referred the more complex cases to Sam.

Promoted to Admissions Director at PCP, Sam headed the Family Programs and was responsible for medical liaison: from admission to discharge.

Sam then moved on to PROMIS Clinics where she worked under Dr Robert Lefever and is now at The Mind Campus at Withersdane Hall, where she is actively involved with the admissions team and is a Sober Living Coach. Sam's particular skill set is centred on her ability to listen to both what is being said, as well as what isn't. She says, "You need alot of patience to work through the character traits, because addicts can be particularly stubborn". However, Sam seemingly has that innate ability to find ways to engage with the patient and build trust. She can often be more tenacious- in a therapeutic sense - than the patient in her whole approach to care.

The form of therapy as a Recovery Life Coach is usually lighter than psychotherapy, and in one-to-one sessions, patients will discuss areas that they are not prepared to bring up in group. Mental health issues often involve complex coping mechanisms with protective walls and masks.The stronger and more fixed the mask, the more the person may actually be struggling inside. Life coaching in a safe environment can softly break down these walls and help patient and helper to discover what is really going on. Of course,  this process has to be managed professionally, in collaboration with the team and ideally by someone with highly developed personal skills and intuition.



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