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Returning to Castlewood Treatment Center

Guest Post by Rachael Wolf, Dietitian PHP When I started college, I knew that I wanted to work with eating disorders. At that time, I was studying to become a therapist- but that’s beside the point. I remember sitting in a lecture hall at Southeast Missouri State during eating disorder awareness week, listening to a therapist from Castlewood speak about their program. The treatment philosophy was unlike anything I had ever heard- and at that moment, I decided I wanted to work at Castlewood Treatment Center. Working at Castlewood has been a dream of mine for many years, which is…

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Putting Your Recovery First As You Go Back to School

For many students, the back-to-school season brings a combination of excitement and nerves. You’re sorry to see your summer vacation come to an end, and maybe a little bit apprehensive about the social and academic challenges of a new school year—but at the same time, it’s fun to get back in the swing of things, to reconnect with friends, and to be introduced to new teachers, subjects, and experiences. Of course, if you are in recovery for an eating disorder, the nerves may outweigh the excitement. Recovery is all about coping effectively with daily stresses—and the back to school season…

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Preparing Your Body for Sleep

It is often said that one of the simplest yet most meaningful things you can do for your mental health is simply to sleep—getting at least eight hours of real rest each night. This provides you with the energy and the optimism you need to face new challenges each day, including the obstacles that sometimes accompany the recovery process. For some of us, falling to sleep is a breeze, and getting in those eight hours is no big deal. Others are not so lucky. In fact, there are many who wrestle with sleeplessness each and every night, and for whom…

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Eating Disorder Awareness is Urgent. Here’s Why.

Frequently, we talk about the concept of stigma as it relates to eating disorders. Though countless men and women, boys and girls struggle daily with eating disorders—and some of them lose their lives because of it—there remains much misinformation about what eating disorders are, and how they affect body and mind. People do not feel comfortable speaking honestly or openly about eating disorders. As such, those who struggle often feel like they must do so in silence, never seeking the treatment they deserve. This breaks our hearts, because we know how dangerous eating disorders are, but also how much treatment…

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Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders

Struggling with an eating disorder can be difficult and at times, it might even feel hopeless. Unfortunately, those who have an eating disorder often grapple with a number of other issues. One of the most common of these is substance abuse. By some estimates, half of those who have an eating disorder also have a struggle with addiction—a rate that is five times greater than that of the general population. The connection between eating disorders and substance abuse can be seen in both women and men, though it is a bit more common among men. Understanding the Connection What’s the…

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Eating Disorders in the Transgender Community

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they affect individuals from all age groups, genders, ethnicities and lifestyles. Though none are exempt from eating disorders, it is also important to point out that some populations have a higher risk factor than others. One community that is at an especially high risk for eating disorders: The transgender community. Sobering New Research Such is the finding of new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This is not completely surprising, as previous studies have confirmed that others in the LGBT community have higher-than-normal odds for eating disorders. For example, gay and bi-sexual men…

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Avoid Stress on Your Summer Vacation

In theory, summer vacations are all about relaxing, recreating, reconnecting with family members and friends—basically just having some fun, allowing your body and mind to recharge, and ridding yourself of the stress that’s pent up during your work or school life. In actual practice, summer vacations do not always turn out this way. Whether you are road tripping with your family or flying cross-country with some friends, summer travel can often cause as much stress as it alleviates. It does not have to though. The important thing is to consider your summer vacation strategically. Be intentional about keeping it low-stress,…

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Male Eating Disorders: More Common Than You Think

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders—prevalent in both female and male populations. Unfortunately, that truth may come as a bit of a surprise to the public. Despite plenty of clinical literature showing eating disorders to be gender-blind, the common misconception is that it is primarily women who battle these destructive diseases. A recent study in Psychiatric Times confirms this. “Eating disorders are often thought of as a ‘female problem,’” the article states. “Even researchers, advocates and treatment providers who are aware that these disorders affect men and boys are plagued by misinformation.” The study provides an example: It is often…

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The Not So Linear Recovery Process

Guest Post by LM , Castlewood Alumna When I sat at the gates of Castlewood waiting for them to open, I made a commitment to myself “This is the last time you are going to drive through those gates and give it your all, bare your soul and follow instructions and be honest about the struggle”.  I had been to treatment before, and played the role of the compliant client, the ‘good girl’ afraid to reveal just how much I was struggling with each bite, but this time I gave myself permission to have a voice and to do it…

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Family Week Survey Results

Family is integral to what we do here at Castlewood. We take it seriously that the latest research supports that outcomes are improved with the inclusion of families because it is serious, and so important to the hard work of recovery. Those who are battling an eating disorder and attempting to start a new life of freedom, health, and wholeness need all the love and support they can get, and family support is the most important of all. For this reason, we have a regular family therapy and Family Week here at Castlewood; each Family Week event lasts for three…

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