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Four Ways Men Avoid Eating Disorder Relapse

It’s a fact: men experience eating disorders, too. No surprise to professionals, but often minimized or ignored by the general media. Research on men with eating disorders is increasing. Part of this new research was a qualitative research study done to identify how men with eating disorders viewed their recovery and relapse strategies. This research took place in Norway and Sweden. Men taking part in the study were ages 19 and up, and had been diagnosed with one of the following eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and EDNOS. The four primary ways men in the study identified as relapse prevention…

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Goodbye Anorexia, Hello Life!

Alumni Testimonial: Writing in Recovery Goodbye Anorexia, Hello Life: How God Helped Me Finally Find Myself and Embrace Living Loved, Healthy, and Whole

My name is Allison Bryant. I am 37 years old and have suffered from anorexia most of my life. It all started around age 11, continuing as an ongoing nightmare for 25 years, and at age 36 nearly ended my life. However, with God’s help, I am now in recovery and have finally embraced living loved, healthy and whole. I was in and out of eating disorder treatment centers numerous times since age 21. I went to inpatient treatment centers all over the U.S., some multiple times even within the same year. Although these were all good treatment centers, the…

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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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Relapse Prevention Tools Perfect for Holiday Gift Giving

Could a holiday gift really also be an eating disorder relapse prevention tool? Absolutely! Here are some tips for choosing a gift that is not only a token of affection, but also an affirmation of support. Recovery from an eating disorder involves two important tasks: Learning to understand, and coming to terms with, underlying issues and causes Rediscovering personal joy and meaning in life These are not only key recovery points; they’re also good frames of reference when choosing a gift. Matching Gift Ideas to Relapse Prevention Strategies For example, treatment methods for anxiety include meditation or yoga. Gift ideas…

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Tips for Handling the Thanksgiving Feast

If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, how do you handle a Thanksgiving Feast without completely sabotaging your hard-earned eating plan? Simple. You handle it by prepping! While other sit down and make lists of fixings and ingredients, you can create a personal list of Thanksgiving to-do’s. Here are some suggestions:   Enlist the help of someone in your family who supports your recovery in a positive way, and make sure they are next to you at the table. Share your fears with them, whether it’s overeating, fending off well-meaning but painful comments from other family members, or…

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Research Looks at What Life Events May Predict Relapse

Preventing eating disorder relapse means understanding what the triggers of slips and relapses are for someone in recovery from an eating disorder. While it would be easy to say “whatever it was in the past,” a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders points out that this may not be the case Relapse prevention tools in recovery often focus very specifically on the problems and underlying issues that came to light during treatment. But what if there are common stressors that will likely appear in the future, that weren’t triggers in the past? Knowing these would be a…

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Castlewood Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 For Project HEAL

Project HEAL, a not-for-profit organization that offers scholarship assistance for eating disorder treatment to people who cannot afford it, has added more than $30,000 to its coffers, thanks to Castlewood Treatment Center’s highly successful inaugural golf tournament.  Castlewood matched the $30,000 proceeds, thus doubling the funds available to help people who need life-saving treatment for their eating disorders. Funds can be used to underwrite the cost of treatment or to help family members travel to Castlewood to participate in their loved one’s program. More than 80 golfers took part in the event, which included an award dinner and a silent…

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Stages of Change & the Key to Avoiding Eating Disorder Relapse

The psychological science behind the phenomenon of change can be used to effectively treat those with eating disorders. Change doesn’t happen overnight. More like a serpentine path than one that moves in a sharply linear manner, the recovery process from an eating disorder involves three primary stages of behavioral change. By successfully making behavioral changes, it is easier to accept and move beyond a single slip or lapse in the recovery process that may lead to a full relapse. Some researchers view the three primary phases of behavioral change in eating disorder recovery as: Motivation and commitment Early change Maintenance…

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Healing Distorted Thinking by Practicing Mindfulness

Healing Distorted Thinking by Practicing Mindfulness

With so many technological distractions, modern everyday life does not always support staying in the present moment. But practicing mindfulness can truly help individuals recovering from eating disorders to let go of stress, build positive coping skills and prevent relapse. Changing unhealthy behaviors can be a challenging process, but neuroscience demonstrates certain practices, like mindfulness, meditation and prayer, can dramatically change neuropathways and promote flexibility with thinking and decision making. Mindfulness is derived for the most part from Buddhist philosophy, and can be practiced as meditation, yoga, tai chi or simply as a pause or break in one’s day to…

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Research Indicates Significant Brain Patterns in Anorexics

New studies based on brain images of people suffering from eating disorders indicate the basis of anorexia nervosa – the disease of self-starvation and obsession with weight – may lie in brain functions. Anorexia, a chronic condition that poses a high fatality risk if ignored, typically poses challenges in treatment. Brain imaging studies may pave the way to a long-desired breakthrough, as researchers explore the neurobiology of anorexia. Shift in perspective Instead of merely recognizing and attempting to treat symptoms of anorexia, brain imaging redirects the focus to the “why” of food avoidance. As studies continue, medical professionals may be…

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