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Category Archives: Alumni and Family


Exercise: From Obsession to Enjoyment

Guest Post by Paul Beuttenmuller, Castlewood Alumni When you hear the word “exercise,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you feel anxious? Stressed? Do you feel irritable or guilty because you didn’t go to the gym today? Or maybe you even did go but didn’t push yourself hard enough? Is exercise an obligation, something that you have to do as part of a rigid, structured, no-holds-barred routine? Your gut reaction to that word says a lot about your relationship with it. An Eating Disorder (ED) is a sneaky disease. Yes- I used to binge and purge,…

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The Hula Hoop of Life

Guest Post By: Samantha Reynolds, Castlewood Alumnus  With recovery comes reality –a simple concept with a million complexities trailing behind it. They say it’s hard to be the person on the outside, but what’s even harder is being the person on the inside looking around and having no clue what’s truly going on or what’s happening around them. That was the person I was before recovery. I may have been on the “inside”, but I had no clue what that really meant. I had no clue because I was searching for answers in the most negative ways imaginable; but there…

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Alumni Weekend: A Recovery Strengthening Experience

Castlewood hosts alumni weekends and day long events at our various locations throughout the year. These events are aimed to help strengthen the recovery process and help former clients continue toward personal growth. These free events include group experiential and time for processing what the recovery process looks like at various stages. Our alumni always share that the events remind them of the work they did, how far they have come as well as challenge them to take the next steps in their recovery process. After the February events, some of our alumni shared about their experiences. We invite you…

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Changing How I See Myself: Body Image Edition 

Guest Post by A.W., Castlewood Alumnus I think it’s safe to say that this time of year can be particularly difficult for people in recovery from an eating disorder, especially when it comes to grappling with body image. For some of us it may be talk of spring break approaching, or chatter about the weather warming up that sends our ED thoughts into overdrive. “Do I dare wear a bikini to a pool? Should I wear that dress that shows my thighs? What will my mom/ dad/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ friend/ stranger on the street think of me when they see…

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Friendly and Helpful

I felt the team was friendly and helpful. I could relate and connect to the clients too. I enjoyed cooking with the chefs Joseph and Nick in the kitchen and they were really friendly. The direct care staff was always willing to check in with me and make me feel welcome. I enjoyed talking to everyone here. It felt good to push myself to get better in this environment. ~ A Castlewood II Alumnus, 2/26/16

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Most Difficult Decision

Coming to Castlewood was without a doubt one of the most difficult decisions of my life. But reflecting on it now, despite it being the hardest thing I have ever done, I have never been more grateful for the support of the staff and entire treatment team. Without their dedication, knowledge, and 24/7 help, there is no way I would ever feel confident in discharging. I can never thank them enough for what they have done in literally saving my life. ~ A Castlewood IOP Alumnus, 2/18/16

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I Felt Like I was Truly Seen

Having been in several different residential treatment programs, I wanted to share that Castlewood was the first time I felt like I was truly seen.  It felt like the entire program, the way it was structured, the modalities used and the staff there, really understood the complexities of my eating struggles and validated the role my trauma has played in the development and progression of my eating disorder.  I know it is still going to be a long journey but I feel more grounded in my ability to continue the journey whatever it holds after my time at Castlewood. ~…

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Putting Your Recovery First

Guest Post by Alumnus, V. C. The moment I made the most difficult decision of my life was the moment I decided to value and love myself enough to always put my recovery first. This was the decision that lead me to seek treatment and a decision that I learned I would have to make each and every day for the rest of my life. While I was in treatment, putting my recovery first meant challenging fear foods, working hard both in and outside of sessions and groups, following my meal plan, and establishing healthy boundaries with all of the…

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Top 10 Tips for Handling New Year’s and Other Holiday Parties!

A New Year Without Resolutions

Guest Post by Alumnus, A.W. It’s that time of year again when the holiday rush is winding down and everyone is now turning their attention to the New Year. For a lot of people, the New Year symbolizes a time to start over, refresh, and make changes in their life. I’ve found that like most people in the United States, my friends and family’s resolutions are mainly focused on eating, exercise and weight. Whether it’s joining a gym, committing to working out more, or switching to a gluten-free diet, so many people make resolutions that focus on these topics that…

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