Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Chemical Dependency Services at Castlewood

Castlewood is proud to announce the addition of a chemical dependency services track.  This track will include CD consults, individual sessions, a CD group, formalized 12 step attendance and an onsite 12 step meetings. This track is meant to assist clients who have completed an Inpatient or Residential CD program continue their recovery process. It is also designed to assist clients in beginning the 12 step process, identifying co-occurring addictions and identifying needs for further CD treatment upon discharge from Castlewood. Upon admission,  our staff psychiatrist will assess clients who identify past or current abuse of alcohol or substances and when appropriate a CD consultation session will be scheduled with our CD staff.  Based on the evaluation and consult, the treatment team will develop an individualized treatment plan including requirements for 12 step meetings, CD group and/or adjunctive services. The CD therapy group meets at Castlewood I for both residential communities one time per week. Stepdown clients may also attend as needed. Castlewood Treatment Center also provides an onsite 12-step recovery group. This group is designed to introduce clients to the 12-step program of recovery. It includes recovery speakers from the 12-step community as well as discussion of the 12-steps and recovery principles. This group also addresses concerns and misconceptions that clients may have about involvement in 12-step recovery programs.  This group is held at Castlewood II and is led by a member of the AA community. Castlewood clients may also attend two community AA meetings weekly. Direct care transport and supervise clients at the meetings. These groups meet in the evenings on Thursday and Sunday. Once clients are in a lower level of care, we encourage them to attend as many community meetings as their therapeutic schedule allows. Clients may be required to obtain a temporary sponsor before transitioning to a lower level of care. This will be decided by the client’s treatment team, CD coordinator and adjunctive therapist if assigned one. Clients will work the steps with their designated sponsor and may also do step work as part of CD adjunctive therapy sessions. Rebecca Ehrke, Psy.D  has been named the new director of CD services. Annalee Plumb, LPC, NCC will assist in providing these services to our clients.  Rebecca received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2000. In 2002, she became a certified alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Illinois. She has worked with individuals struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring chemical dependency for over 10 years. Dr. Ehrke has also spent the past 15 years providing individual, group and family therapy to those presenting with eating disorders, mood disorders, addictions, self-harm and trauma in private practice and residential treatment centers.