Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

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Recovery: A Mother’s Journey

Guest Post by Megan McFall, Castlewood Alumna My life is a series of pauses, deep inhales.  I pause to listen to the rhythmic breathing of my four-month-old son in his swing at night.  I deeply breathe in the scent of my 18-month-old daughter as we cuddle before her naptime. No one told me that my practice of mindfulness in recovery would turn out to be the only way that I would survive motherhood.  Working through trauma, recovery from anorexia, and raising babies have one certain commonality: You have to be fully in the moment.  You would be remiss to jump…

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Alumnus Post: Transitioning Into the Real World

Written by Rahul Mehta- Castlewood Alumnus “It’s almost dinner time and I’m absurdly bored!  What did I used to do…..? Oh wait.”  Twenty four hours before that, I was saying my goodbyes in IOP.  No one told me what it would be like after discharge from intensive treatment.  There’s no pamphlet or step by step guide on how to transition from intensive internal work to being a full grown adult, full time, with no daily/hourly/minute-by-minute support.  There is no online video, college course, or For Dummy’s book on what to expect going forward.  Needless to say, my transition from IOP…

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Castlewood Announces New Day Treatment Program

Starting in January, Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis will open a newly designed direct admit Day Treatment Program. “In the past clients seeking direct admit into Castlewood’s Day Treatment participated in our Residential groups and meals. We noticed a trend over the last few years of more clients seeking direct admission into the PHP level of care. By distinguishing our Day Treatment clients from our Residential clients this allows us to provide even more customized programming and individual attention,” said Rebecca Baker, Program Director. Group therapy and meals will be held at our Day Treatment House on the grounds…

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2014 Client Satisfaction Survey Results

Castlewood is proud of our commitment to excellence in helping our clients find recovery and transform their lives. As part of the discharge process, clients complete anonymous satisfaction surveys. We invite you to view a summary of exerts from 2014 client satisfaction surveys across affiliate locations. Castlewood is excited to share that over 85% of our clients report they would recommend Castlewood to another suffering from an Eating Disorder. >>Read more testimonials from clients  “After my stay at Castlewood, I have [choose one] useful coping skills” Many Coping Skills Some Coping Skills A Few Coping Skills No Useful Coping Skills Castlewood I 55%…

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Castlewood Alumni Express Gratitude

At Castlewood we encourage our clients to develop practices of mindfulness and gratitude as part of the recovery process. As we enter this season of gratitude, we wanted to share with you what our Alumni are most thankful for about their experience with our eating disorder treatment program. In-Depth Individualized Treatment “Castlewood is the best treatment facility I know of for those who suffer from eating disorders. An eating disorder doesn’t just come up out of the blue; there are underlying issues which cause the eating disorder. Castlewood is the only facility that I have come across that addresses those…

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Castlewood Announces Staff Additions and Promotions

Castlewood is pleased to announce the promotion of Deana Wilson and the addition of Dana Suitor. Deana Wilson has been promoted to Director of Intake for Castlewood Treatment Centers. Now residing in St. Louis, she will oversee the intake team, working directly with potential clients to guide them from inquiries to admittance.  In addition, she will continue building relationships with eating disorder professionals. “This new role allows me to be onsite and have a more hands-on approach to client access and care,” said Deana. “I am especially eager to incorporate the feedback and best practices I have learned from professionals…

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Reclaiming My Story

Written by L.M- Castlewood Alumnus “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown I’ve spent most of my life running from my story, using an eating disorder as a way to disconnect from feelings of fear, shame, and worthlessness.  Recovery never made…

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Working at Castlewood Treatment Center

Recently one of our dedicated primary therapists, Steve Buchheit, M.Ed, LPC, reflected on his time as a therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. “I wanted to write about my experience as a therapist and as a primary therapist at Castlewood.  Since completing graduate school 10 years ago,  I have worked in several other treatment centers,  each of which was for chemical dependency treatment.  I learned a lot in those years especially about the importance of working through the deeper issues in order to see long term remission of symptoms.  I feel good about the depth of the work…

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Alumni Corner- Raising Awareness on a Personal Level

Written By Andrea Batt, Castlewood Alumn Andrea was recently featured on Project Heal as a guest blogger. She shares below about her process of writing this piece. When I find myself struggling with eating disordered thoughts, I always refer to my “bag of tricks”–formally known as coping skills.  To name a few of my trusted tricks: I typically start out with a “just do it” mentality–and at times that is enough to get me through. Other times, I resort to self talk on a more positive level.  If my self-hate is too high to accept what I’m saying, I reach out…

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

National Weight Stigma Awareness Week is scheduled for September 23-27, 2013. This week-long event creates awareness for the unfair discrimination that occurs in society regarding people’s weight. Also called weight discrimination, weight stigma happens any time someone is judged because of their size. Weight stigma takes place when overweight individuals are thought of as lazy or incompetent, when movies or TV shows portray overweight characters as bumbling idiots, and when kids on the playground make fat jokes. Weight stigma also occurs on the flip side, when thin people are categorized as hard working or driven, and when thin individuals are…

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