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Changing How I See Myself: Body Image Edition 

Guest Post by A.W., Castlewood Alumnus I think it’s safe to say that this time of year can be particularly difficult for people in recovery from an eating disorder, especially when it comes to grappling with body image. For some of us it may be talk of spring break approaching, or chatter about the weather warming up that sends our ED thoughts into overdrive. “Do I dare wear a bikini to a pool? Should I wear that dress that shows my thighs? What will my mom/ dad/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ friend/ stranger on the street think of me when they see…

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Castlewood’s New Partial Hospitalization Program- A Successful First Year!

Guest Post by Nicole Dougherty, Assistant Director of PHP Working with both the PHP team and clients has brought many rewards this past year. It has been an honor to help with the development of the program and to witness the success of the program in providing high quality care to our clients. In transitioning into the role of therapist and Assistant Director this year, I have had the opportunity to observe more of the progress of clients as they adapt healthier ways of coping outside of their eating disorders. Their growth is inspiring and motivates me to provide the best…

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I Felt Like I was Truly Seen

Having been in several different residential treatment programs, I wanted to share that Castlewood was the first time I felt like I was truly seen.  It felt like the entire program, the way it was structured, the modalities used and the staff there, really understood the complexities of my eating struggles and validated the role my trauma has played in the development and progression of my eating disorder.  I know it is still going to be a long journey but I feel more grounded in my ability to continue the journey whatever it holds after my time at Castlewood. ~…

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Putting Your Recovery First

Guest Post by Alumnus, V. C. The moment I made the most difficult decision of my life was the moment I decided to value and love myself enough to always put my recovery first. This was the decision that lead me to seek treatment and a decision that I learned I would have to make each and every day for the rest of my life. While I was in treatment, putting my recovery first meant challenging fear foods, working hard both in and outside of sessions and groups, following my meal plan, and establishing healthy boundaries with all of the…

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Top 10 Tips for Handling New Year’s and Other Holiday Parties!

A New Year Without Resolutions

Guest Post by Alumnus, A.W. It’s that time of year again when the holiday rush is winding down and everyone is now turning their attention to the New Year. For a lot of people, the New Year symbolizes a time to start over, refresh, and make changes in their life. I’ve found that like most people in the United States, my friends and family’s resolutions are mainly focused on eating, exercise and weight. Whether it’s joining a gym, committing to working out more, or switching to a gluten-free diet, so many people make resolutions that focus on these topics that…

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Lobbying for the Anna Westin Act

Guest post by Annalee Plumb, LPC, NCC, CADC- Director of Treatment Services Walking through the halls of our country’s capitol on my way to a senator’s office to lobby for the Anna Westin Act, I have never felt more American. As constituents, Castlewood’s Clinical Director, Nicole Siegfried, and I made our way through the underground tunnels between the house and the senate meeting congressmen staffers from Missouri and Alabama. We were there to ask for support on the bill and while we had been prepped in advance for stoic expressions and non-committal attitudes, I was not prepared for the realization…

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New Beginnings

Guest Post By: Vanessa A. Davis (CW Alumnus)        Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost The fall, the holiday season, family, extra travel, not exactly the easiest time of year- Immediately, I feel my chest anxiously tighten, overwhelmed with fears of the uncertain and “what ifs.” Without second thought, I begin to play out the various and endless potential situations and interactions.  “Who will I see?” “What will I say?” “Where have I been?” “How do I act?” “Who do they expect…

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Giving Back in Eating Disorder Recovery

Guest Post by Alumna L.Y. When you have an eating disorder, it becomes your entire world.  Every thought is consumed with food and numbers and calories.  From the moment my eyes opened in the morning until the moment they finally closed at night, I was obsessed.  I felt I had no other purpose in life.  I didn’t believe that there was a life without my eating disorder, but I also knew that I couldn’t have a life with my eating disorder.  So, I – a Floridian who thinks that 60 degrees is cold – went off to Missouri in the…

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Discovering Me: Alumni Guest Post

Guest Post by Alumna Lauren S. Something I’ve heard a lot in eating disorder recovery is to consider my values and who I am as a person, and then live in a way that upholds my true self.  Sounds so simple. But especially in the early days of my recovery, it seemed like the most unhelpful thing I could imagine. Problem 1: I really had no clue who I was. I had no clue what I valued, other than watching the number on the scale change. In my earliest stages of recovery, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell…

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