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Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays Written by: Alyssa Salz, RD, LD- Staff Dietitian When most people think of the holiday season, they think of joy, celebrating, gathering with friends and family, and of course, enjoying holiday meals. But for individuals suffering with eating disorders or trying to maintain recovery, the holidays can bring a lot of challenges: worry over the food, what family and friends might say, and much more. This can make the season filled with stress, anxiety, and fear. Trying to imagine a holiday filled with peace and free from worry about what to eat or what not…

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Castlewood Treatment Center: ED, Anxiety Disorders, and PTSD

There are very few programs that combine state of the art Anxiety Disorder therapies with comprehensive Eating Disorder treatment. Not only do we provide both at Castlewood, in addition, trauma resolution therapies are blended when applicable. We are able to treat Anxiety Disorders and PTSD all while helping clients challenge their Eating Disorder beliefs and behaviors. Castlewood’s Approach to Anxiety Treatment by Erin McGinty, LPC At Castlewood, we believe in treating the underlying causes of our clients’ eating disorders. Many of the clients we treat struggle with anxiety disorders in addition to the significant levels of anxiety they experience around…

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Rehab is easy, Recovery is hard

This article was written by one of our alumni about the differences between rehab and recovery. Rehab is easy. Recovery is hard. Rehab is easy. Recovery is hard. At least, that’s been my experience. Throughout the the years I struggled with anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, drug abuse, and bipolar I had a very distinct pattern: get sick, make people worry, get very sick, go to therapy, get extremely sick, go to residential treatment. Once there, I’d battle the people who were trying to help, then slowly acquiesce, then start to be semi-okay, get my weight up, get my symptoms down, and…

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“Health” and Meaning: What are we Saying?

Below is another beautifully written article by one of our alumni. Please feel free to join the conversation about this topic. “Health” and Meaning: What Are We Saying? by Sarah Henderson I think if I hear anyone mention “health” when talking about weight again, my ears will start bleeding. That’s what everyone says, isn’t it? Don’t lose weight to be skinny, lose weight to be healthy. Or, don’t worry about losing weight, just be healthy! What does that even mean?? I think perhaps in the drive to be politically correct about not saying the “F” word (fat) and trying to…

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Inside Stigma: A Patient’s Persepctive

Below is a beautifully written narrative from an alumni of Castlewood. Thank you Sarah for sharing about this topic!  Hi, my name is Sarah. I’m Anorexic, Bulimic, and a Cutter. You could call me these things. But they wouldn’t be accurate. Because I am not these things, these labels. And I am not in recovery from these things. I am recovered. From those things, I am recovered. I have bipolar, which requires ongoing management. But you wouldn’t know it if I didn’t tell you. I am not the stereotype, I am not the crazy person we all think of, ranting…

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