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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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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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Will never forget my experience

I love Castlewood and will never forget my experience here and the connections I made with my peers and the staff. I just wish my insurance had covered me to be here longer because I felt that I wan’t ready to leave; but despite the obstacles that insurances gave us my treatment team did an amazing job and I would recommend this for any one with an eating disorder especially one linked with trauma. D. W. 11/15

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New Beginnings

Guest Post By: Vanessa A. Davis (CW Alumnus)        Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost The fall, the holiday season, family, extra travel, not exactly the easiest time of year- Immediately, I feel my chest anxiously tighten, overwhelmed with fears of the uncertain and “what ifs.” Without second thought, I begin to play out the various and endless potential situations and interactions.  “Who will I see?” “What will I say?” “Where have I been?” “How do I act?” “Who do they expect…

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I will be forever grateful for the compassion they showed me

Lolly is an absolutely phenomenal therapist. I cannot begin to describe how much she was able to help me. She definitely pushed me to places that were hard and felt uncomfortable and while she is very blunt she pushed me in a compassionate way where I truly felt she cared and was doing everything with my best interest at heart. I would recommend her to anyone, ESPECIALLY clients with a lot of Trauma….Castlewood has some absolutely amazing DC’s who are very kind and compassionate, who treat you like an adult, and are able to push you to challenge yourself without…

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Giving Back in Eating Disorder Recovery

Guest Post by Alumna L.Y. When you have an eating disorder, it becomes your entire world.  Every thought is consumed with food and numbers and calories.  From the moment my eyes opened in the morning until the moment they finally closed at night, I was obsessed.  I felt I had no other purpose in life.  I didn’t believe that there was a life without my eating disorder, but I also knew that I couldn’t have a life with my eating disorder.  So, I – a Floridian who thinks that 60 degrees is cold – went off to Missouri in the…

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Forever grateful for my time at Castlewood IOP

I will be forever grateful for my time at Castlewood IOP. It was absolutely essential to my process, and I cannot say enough good things about the staff and their willingness to do whatever it takes to help a person in the recovery process. Alex is also an extremely important gift to the IOP community. She was always ready to tend to anyone who was severely struggling to get through the day. Courtney was extremely valuable in speaking with my insurance weekly (or several times per week) to allow me the necessary days at IOP for my recovery success. Krista…

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