August 8, 2012 by Deanna James, LPC, CEDS in Alumni and Family, Testimonials Received this statement from a former client today and thought we should share:
My therapist from college told me to look into Castlewood as an option when I was in desperate need of more intensive help with recovering from 6 years of a diagnosed eating disorder. It was the fall of 2010 and I was desperate to find a place where I could finally beat this thing that had taken my life away. I was extremely lucky that Castlewood had a bed available for me mere days after I contacted them.
Arriving in a new place is always bizarre. Arriving at an in patient treatment center where you are trying to deal with life’s most challenging daemons is even more so. I was extremely nervous that first day but it didn’t take any time at all for me to make connections with the staff and other clients. I made some of the best friends of my life while in treatment. A deep bond can form when you struggle with others.
Through out my 5 months in treatment (no thanks to insurance!) I not only broke open deeply damaged and hurting places in my self but I was also guided to finding who I really am, what is important to me and most importantly how to be okay, which is probably the biggest thing for someone struggling with ED. I did not learn these things solely from doing internal work, my interactions with other clients, hearing their stories, participating in their processes, sharing experiences, all these things helped me to find myself and my own health.
I said this then and I feel it now, going to Castlewood is the best thing I have done in my life so far. My experience there saved my life on so many levels. It’s only been a year and a half since I left but it feels like a lifetime. I’m fully in recovery and have begun helping others who are struggling as well as talking with friends and family groups about my experience and how it might relate to what their loved ones are going through (all of this through the dietitian I have been going to for support since leaving CWTC).
Life is still full of challenges and bumps in the road but now I know I can handle them, I can unapologetically be myself because who I am is okay.
Castlewood is a revolutionary treatment center. You wont find anywhere else like it. I would happily return just to learn more about psychology and myself in the future, perhaps to help others with an experience I know only too well.
I can’t thank the staff and clients I met enough for what they gave me and helped me find. I will never forget this experience.