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Castlewood’s Innovative Full Continuum of Care

In celebrating Castlewood’s 15th anniversary, we are taking the time to acknowledge what has been so significant in shaping our center as a leader in the field of eating disorder recovery. Looking back on the progress which has been made for recovery and advocacy, we are grateful to have been a part of important changes. When CARF International released new standards for accreditation of programs treating persons with eating disorders, this specialization was first awarded to Castlewood. The change came as a result of adjustments in the Behavioral Health Standards Manual, which was an important step in safeguarding individuals with eating disorders and their families. Individuals seeking treatment today can now be afforded programs providing a distinguished residential level of care. Castlewood’s ongoing dedication to research and assessment have provided insight into the needs of our clients. Before the recent changes paved the way for many treatment centers, Castlewood designed a continuum of care, ahead of its time and setting the standard for effective treatment. 12 years ago, Castlewood’s Step Down program was introduced for clients coming out of residential treatment. The Step Down program helps clients adjust from carefully monitored progress to fully independent freedom. Through PHP programs in addition to transitional living, clients can live in the area and continue with groups and therapy while going to work or the grocery store for themselves with the support of Castlewood. This program is important because it allows clients to take necessary time to develop a balanced lifestyle in a variety of areas: appropriate nutrition, work, school or volunteer activities; supportive relationships; recreational activities and self-care. The more opportunity clients have to practice these life skills with the support of the Stepdown program, the greater their odds for a sustained recovery. It is through 15 years of dedication to our client’s success that has prompted important programs such as these, and to be recognized as the first CARF accredited Eating Disorder Specialized Center. We will be celebrating this special event all month long, with this special blog series about how far Castlewood has come in 15 years. How far have you come in your recovery? Share your story with us on Facebook or leave a comment on this page.

2 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    First to Review
    I was in treatment at Castlewood in August of 2013. I was at Castlewood 2. They also have a Castlewood 1 location. My sleeping arrangements were at the Step Down house, where I had a single accommodation room with a comfortable Queen Bed and shared a Jack and Jill Bathroom with one other client, so it was very comfortable. The grounds are spectacular with beautiful trees and a lake and deer all around making for a very serene and peaceful setting (not like a hospital treatment center at all). The group therapy is in a mansion home, with large rooms. The meals are prepared by excellent chefs with all fresh food. Every week you get to create your meal plan that is approved by your personal dietician who you meet with weekly and who helps based on your weight and BMI what portion sizes you will get served for each meal. You have input too in what you like or don’t like and are encouraged to be challenged. They teach you intuitive and mindful eating skills and to learn when to eat when hungry and stop when full. They take you out on restaurant outings and teach you how to order from a menu and portion sizes. You get 4 individual sessions a week with your primary therapists and groups throughout the entire day that include Eating disorder groups with 2-3 therapists, a Core Group with 1-2 therapists, a Binge group, a Body Image group, an exceptional Expressive group, an improve group, a Yoga and Dance therapy group called Nia, a CBT and DBT group, a mindfulness group. If you have Co-Occuring addictions like drugs and alcohol you go to Chemical Dependency groups and to local AA meetings in the evenings. If you have PTSD you can do a therapy modality called EMDR which is extremely effective. If you have sexual abuse you can go to a Sexual healing group. But what I loved the most and still use it today is a type of therapy called IFS (Internal Family Systems or go to selfleadership.org to learn more about this type of therapy) It is so good in my opinion for healing those with eating disorders. The only problem is not all their therapists are yet trained in this modality, so if you go here and want to do this type of therapy you MUST REQUEST TO GET A PRIMARY THERAPIST TRAINED IN THIS TYPE OF THERAPY which I recommend doing. The other thing which I don’t have is they have a great team of therapists highly trained in OCD if you struggle with this ask to have Robert work with you, he is great at helping to heal those with OCD. After I was in the Residential program for about 5 weeks, I transferred to their partial program called Step-Down, which was great too. You live in local apartments and dive to treatment daily and have the same program as above only 1 less individual session per week and more flexibility to do life. You go grocery shopping weekly with a dietician and cook with the residents you live with, and do a weekly restaurant outing. Oh, also every Friday night while in Residential you have a night out compliments of Castlewood to go to a local movie and they challenge you to order a snack. I recommend everyone doing this as it helps with normalization when you discharge. Also, every Sunday you go on outings which again I recommend doing for normalization and socialization skills. I would recommend anyone to this treatment center, I really believe they understand recovery. And oh, they have an amazing family week every 6 weeks that I would recommend everyone to participate in and invite all your family members to as it really helps in your recovery.

  • JILL REYNOLDS says:

    First to Review
    I was in treatment at Castlewood in August of 2013. I was at Castlewood 2. They also have a Castlewood 1 location. My sleeping arrangements were at the Step Down house, where I had a single accommodation room with a comfortable Queen Bed and shared a Jack and Jill Bathroom with one other client, so it was very comfortable. The grounds are spectacular with beautiful trees and a lake and deer all around making for a very serene and peaceful setting (not like a hospital treatment center at all). The group therapy is in a mansion home, with large rooms. The meals are prepared by excellent chefs with all fresh food. Every week you get to create your meal plan that is approved by your personal dietician who you meet with weekly and who helps based on your weight and BMI what portion sizes you will get served for each meal. You have input too in what you like or don’t like and are encouraged to be challenged. They teach you intuitive and mindful eating skills and to learn when to eat when hungry and stop when full. They take you out on restaurant outings and teach you how to order from a menu and portion sizes. You get 4 individual sessions a week with your primary therapists and groups throughout the entire day that include Eating disorder groups with 2-3 therapists, a Core Group with 1-2 therapists, a Binge group, a Body Image group, an exceptional Expressive group, an improve group, a Yoga and Dance therapy group called Nia, a CBT and DBT group, a mindfulness group. If you have Co-Occuring addictions like drugs and alcohol you go to Chemical Dependency groups and to local AA meetings in the evenings. If you have PTSD you can do a therapy modality called EMDR which is extremely effective. If you have sexual abuse you can go to a Sexual healing group. But what I loved the most and still use it today is a type of therapy called IFS (Internal Family Systems or go to selfleadership.org to learn more about this type of therapy) It is so good in my opinion for healing those with eating disorders. The only problem is not all their therapists are yet trained in this modality, so if you go here and want to do this type of therapy you MUST REQUEST TO GET A PRIMARY THERAPIST TRAINED IN THIS TYPE OF THERAPY which I recommend doing. The other thing which I don’t have is they have a great team of therapists highly trained in OCD if you struggle with this ask to have Robert work with you, he is great at helping to heal those with OCD. After I was in the Residential program for about 5 weeks, I transferred to their partial program called Step-Down, which was great too. You live in local apartments and dive to treatment daily and have the same program as above only 1 less individual session per week and more flexibility to do life. You go grocery shopping weekly with a dietician and cook with the residents you live with, and do a weekly restaurant outing. Oh, also every Friday night while in Residential you have a night out compliments of Castlewood to go to a local movie and they challenge you to order a snack. I recommend everyone doing this as it helps with normalization when you discharge. Also, every Sunday you go on outings which again I recommend doing for normalization and socialization skills. I would recommend anyone to this treatment center, I really believe they understand recovery. And oh, they have an amazing family week every 6 weeks that I would recommend everyone to participate in and invite all your family members to as it really helps in your recovery.