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Garden Group Therapy

Castlewood Treatment Center clients have experienced a new kind of therapy this year. The Garden Group is an opportunity for clients to work together to grow a garden. The therapy involves planting and maintaining the garden, and then preparing meals from the produce. This type of activity has been proven to be successful for those working toward recovery, and Castlewood is proud to be able to offer this kind of program. The Garden Group at Castlewood allows clients to prepare a garden plot, plant the seeds, maintain the plants and harvest the fruits and vegetables. Participants also help prepare meals…

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Castlewood Accredited by JCHAO

Castlewood Treatment Center is now accredited by the Joint Commission, widely considered the highest standard of care in the treatment industry. Being Joint Commission accredited sets Castlewood apart with an elite group of facilities. There are only about 2,000 organizations like Castlewood in the nation that have this prestigious designation. In order to become accredited, Castlewood’s programs, staff, and facility had to be evaluated. While being assessed by the Joint Commission on more than 1,200 elements, Castlewood “exceeded elements of clinical performance, and is considered a premier provider of eating disorder services in the nation,” according to JCHAO. Castlewood has…

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Interview highlights development of eating disorder once kids have left the nest

‘Let’s Talk Shop’ radio show hosts Dawn Meadows Dixon and Teacha Tigue recently chatted with Clinical Director and Therapist Cara Faries about eating disorders triggered by children leaving home. Castlewood has been able to give hope to many who have previously been treated at other facilities Faries explained. “They have been taught how to eat food or work an exchange system or they have been taught how to manage behavioral approaches to shame but never get to the underlying issue,” she said. “Which to me is like putting a Band-Aid over a compound fracture.” In the interview, Faries discusses mothers…

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Castlewood CEO featured in St Louis Health and Wellness Magazine

Nancy Albus, Executive Director and CEO of Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Ballwin, Missouri is featured in the September 2013 St Louis Health and Wellness Magazine. The magazine, which focuses primarily on promoting health and wellness services and products in the local community, describes Albus’s journey from stay at home mom to career woman. She went back to school after she found more free time on her hands when her children began attending school. She recognized the need to fill her time and let her children become more independent in a healthy way. “I could see my future…

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Eating Disorders and Empty Nesters – Nancy Albus Interview with Local News Station

Eating disorders can affect individuals at any age. This was the message Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment Center, wanted to get across in a recent interview. Nancy was featured on St. Louis’ KPLR11 this week, where she talked about eating disorders among empty nesters. Many people think of eating disorders as being a young person’s issue, but according to Nancy, “More women in their 40s and 50s are now seeking help for eating disorders.” Eating disorders occur for many reasons, and among empty nesters it is largely due to the big changes and conflicts these women are experiencing. Women…

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Infertility Caused by Eating Disorders

An eating disorder can leave lasting effects on a woman, even long after they have recovered from the disease. Many women with a history of eating disorders suffer from infertility, as one recent study showed. Eating Disorders’ Physical Impact on Ability to Conceive Researchers from King’s College London and the University College London published their report in the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, BJOG. They found that women with a history of anorexia or bulimia have more fertility problems and more unplanned pregnancies than other women. This is due to the fact that when a women’s body fat decreases to unhealthy levels,…

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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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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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