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First In CARF Accreditation For Eating Disorders

Castlewood Treatment Center is the first facility to be awarded a three-year accreditation for eating disorders from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a service provider can receive. Earlier this year, CARF, International released new standards for accreditation of programs that treat individuals with eating disorders. The new application process is more rigorous and has about 2,500 standards designed to ensure that treatment programs offer the highest quality of carer and  protect patients and families seeking behavioral healthcare treatment. Fulfilling these new standards show extraordinary effort in meeting the needs of…

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New Facility Opens in Birmingham, Alabama

On Aug. 12, the Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders announced the opening its newest facility, Highlands Treatment Center, in Birmingham, Ala. This new facility will offer clients a safe haven for healing under the leadership of Ronda Cannon. Highlands will offer partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient that will be accessible to both men and women, ages 18 and older for not only all types of eating disorders, but also co-occurring issues. “We are grateful to bring our state-of-the art, individualized treatment approach to more people in need with this new facility,” said Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment…

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Castlewood CEO Speaks Out about Thigh Gap Trend

A current trend on social media involves young women taking photos of their bodies as they try to achieve a gap between their thighs. This trend, called the “thigh gap” has many young women crash dieting, excessively exercising and trying to attain a body ideal that simply is unrealistic for most women with a health body weight. This past week St. Louis’s NBC affiliate- KSDK shared the story with viewers and interviewed Castlewood Treatment Center’s CEO, Nancy Albus regarding the trend. The story was also picked up nationally by The Today Show and USA Today. Ms. Albus shared that “the pursuit of…

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Shame and Eating Disorders

One of the central tenets that can underlay the develop and maintenance of an eating disorder is a pervasive sense of shame. Shame can be described as the belief that one’s self is fundamentally flawed or damaged. According to John Bradshaw, a prolific author on shame and its effect on mental illness, “to be shame bound means that whenever you feel any feeling, need or drive, you immediately feel ashamed. The dynamic core of your human life is grounded in your feelings, needs and drives. When these are bound by shame, you are shamed to the core.” A shame based…

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Attachment: Otherwise Known as Love

Guest Post by Tamara Blum, MSW, LCSW In her book on case examples from her psychotherapy practice, Deborah Luepnitz (2002) paraphrases Arthur Schopenhauer’s fable on the dilemma of intimacy: A troop of porcupines is milling about on a cold winter’s day. In order to keep from freezing, the animals move closer together. Just as they are close enough to huddle, however, they start to poke each other with their quills. In order to stop the pain, they spread out, lose the advantage of co-mingling, and again begin to shiver. This sends them back in search of each other, and the…

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Staff Spotlight: Vanessa Curran, MA- Research Coordinator

Vanessa Curran is the Research Coordinator for Castlewood Treatment Centers in St. Louis Missouri. She obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University.  Vanessa has published a research study on the topic of eating disorders and sexual identity. Since joining Castlewood Treatment Center in 2009, Vanessa has worked in Direct Care, Anxiety Services, and now as the research coordinator. “In my current position, I work to integrate evidence-based testing with treatment planning and program improvement,” said Vanessa. Vanessa shared that she “loves working at Castlewood because Castlewood is the only facility that I…

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Diabulimia- What is it Exactly?

Guest Post by: Kelly E. Walker, RD, LD- Castlewood Dietitian  Diabulimia is a term that refers to a co-occurring condition of which individuals with type 1 diabetes refuse to take their insulin or significant portions of their insulin as a means to lose weight.  Omission of insulin causes the body to “purge” calories through glycosuria -the loss of glucose through the urine.  This purging of calories can be significant especially if the individual restricts most of their insulin.  The DSM-IV describes bulimia as, “Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain.”  Diabulimia has yet to be added to…

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A Healthy Life After an Eating Disorder

Guest Post by Melissa Hathaway An eating disorder can be identified as an abnormal attitude towards food, therefore resulting in a difference in eating habits. It is such a vast disorder and has a wide range of physical, psychological and social effects, therefore the number of causes and treatments are varied. The disorder affects 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2000 men, which is usually developed in early to mid teenage years. It can be treated through a variety of therapies or medication, however many people believe that a healthy lifestyle and full recovery after the disorder is unrealistic.…

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In Their Own Words: Family Week

After every family week we survey the families to find out their impressions of our family week event. They always share such insightful and wonderful feedback, we thought we would share some of it with you! Castlewood family week occurs every six weeks. It is a three day intensive therapeutic process involving group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. It is our philosophy that the family or support system must be involved in the therapeutic process for lasting change to occur. Our clients always share that they benefit greatly from family week and learning to involve their support system int…

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Alumni Corner- The Winding Road of Recovery

Guest Post by Alumnae H.S. I think it’s safe to say that when we enter treatment for an eating disorder, it’s really hard to look forward and see how beautiful true recovery can look like.  When I entered Castlewood, and even for weeks after I was there, just thinking about a life without my raging friend of an eating disorder was next to impossible.  After starting intense therapy and really starting to peel back the layers that were the foundation of my eating disorder, I continually asked myself how I would ever be able to do all of this work. …

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