You would think, that with the cost of $58k for a 45-day stay (which is the recommended average treatment), the Gentle Path centre in The Meadows facility would be a sort of 5-star facility, given that it’s been hosting Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein. Everyone who thinks that though, is in for a sore disappointment.
The two-person rooms are set up in dorm-style, stripping everyone in there of all privacy. The atmosphere is that of a convent almost, with electronics, telephones, televisions, and laptops outlawed, even books and magazines are a strict no-no there. Anything at all that can trigger a sexual thought in the mind of the patients is strictly off limits.
It is often said that the human mind went from no nakedness in the beginning of the 20th century, to an overflow of nakedness at the end of the 20th century, when porn and internet made everything readily available for those men who couldn’t immediately get their desires fulfilled, and that the mind just couldn’t cope with the speed anymore. The internet, and certainly the porn sites of the internet have rewired the human mind. If on top of that you are rich and famous, disaster can sometimes happen.
An anonymous patient, originally from Oklahoma and treated for frequenting brothels, said: “There are no VIP rooms or special areas for famous people,”
“I was there with professional athletes and two members of royalty. If Harvey Weinstein was there, I wouldn’t even have known who he was. You go by first name only.”
“Everybody is treated the same.”
Stars who’ve retreated Arizona centre have also included Tiger Woods, Rush Limbaugh, Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, Elle Macpherson and Selena Gomez.
According to the former Oklahoma patient, every day of the 45-day stay starts with a workout in the gym at 5 am. A gym which is loaded with treadmills, free weights, elliptical machines, and exercycles but no personal trainers.
Afterwards, everyone eats breakfast together at 7 am. A healthy buffet with scrambled eggs, yogurt, granola and fruit where patients discuss their plans for the day and inform each other of their progress and past transgressions.
“We gathered in a conference room and acknowledged who we were.”
“You’d give your name and your core behaviour — prostitution, porn, cheating, whatever it was — and come up with something that you wanted to talk about. Maybe you’d discuss a certain trigger, like that if you leave the office stressed you always stop at a massage parlor or a strip club. There were guys there who would spend $50,000 or $60,000 a night on strippers. Then you work to come up with a way of dealing with the trigger. A suggestion might be to take a different route home or call your wife and tell her you’ll be there in 20 minutes.”
Lastly, patients can only make one telephone call per week, for a maximum of 15 minutes. The calls take place in a room where others can overhear what you’re saying.
“It allowed us to police one another.”