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Author Archives: Deanna James, LPC, CEDS

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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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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In the Transitions: Scars of Recovery

Guest post by Alumnus: Shaun A year ago I was in Castlewood’s step-down program working day in and out challenging the old stories, being vulnerable, and connecting with my peers. One year ago I felt so connected, so new, so optimistic. Today it’s hard to remember the work that was done and how strong, connected, and accepted I felt…I was my’Self’. Today, I slipped; I acted on behaviors. It got to be too much.  “Behaviors” can look different from person to person, and the details of the behavior(s) aren’t necessarily important because the act takes on a similar meaning: its…

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Treatment As Usual: A Letter to Alumni from Dr. Jim Gerber

To our Castlewood Alumni, Many of you may be surprised that I am responding to communication from social media but it has been brought to my attention that there are significant concerns related to recent changes here. I do want to assure everyone that the mission remains the same, to provide an environment and clinical structure that is directed in helping clients to resolve the underlying issues of their eating disorder. In order to do this Castlewood has to remain viable. There are numerous changes in the world and we have to respond in a way that allows us to…

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