Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Alumni and Family

Castlewood is unmatched by any other program I’ve been to

“Before coming to Castlewood, I had given up on life. After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years, I felt hopeless and drained. I could not feed myself; I could not leave my home; I could not function. Castlewood save my life in countless ways. They saved me from my eating disorder and a path of self-destruction. Rather than focus purely on weight restoration and the nuances of eating disorder behaviors, Castlewood provided to me, and all of its clients, specialized and individualized adjunctive services targeting the underlying and co-occurring disorders that contribute to the eating disorder. The therapeutic…

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I have come to gain a better acceptance of myself

“Castlewood has not been my first treatment center, but here, I found something for the first time: people who were willing to treat me with compassion, respect, and had a genuine interest in what I wanted and what would be most beneficial for me. They pushed and encouraged, but never forced me to do things before I was ready. I made plenty of mistakes and had lapses, but instead of being shamed, like I have been in the past, I was taught to take each situation and give myself understanding, as well as glean what I could to prevent the…

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Castlewood Is The Best Treatment Facility I Know

“Castlewood is the best Treatment Facility I know of for those who suffer from eating disorders. An eating disorder doesn’t just come up out of the blue, there are underlying issues which cause the eating disorder. Castlewood is the only facility that I have come across that addresses those underlying issues while also treating the eating disorder at the same time. I would recommend Castlewood to anyone who has an eating disorder. The faculty and staff are wonderful and caring, and the grounds and scenery are beautiful. You aren’t just another number or patient with an eating disorder at Castlewood,…

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Alumni Corner- The Winding Road of Recovery

Guest Post by Alumnae H.S. I think it’s safe to say that when we enter treatment for an eating disorder, it’s really hard to look forward and see how beautiful true recovery can look like.  When I entered Castlewood, and even for weeks after I was there, just thinking about a life without my raging friend of an eating disorder was next to impossible.  After starting intense therapy and really starting to peel back the layers that were the foundation of my eating disorder, I continually asked myself how I would ever be able to do all of this work. …

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Castlewood taught me and empowered me

“Castlewood offered me a different reflection of myself, and they gave me a safe space where I didn’t need all the self-loathing behaviors, thoughts, and emotions associated with my eating disorder. Those stripped away, I could see what I really am, and I decided that I didn’t want to lose what I saw. Castlewood taught me and empowered me to care enough to fight for my life.”-EL

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Clients Sing Praises of Castlewood Staff

A client at Castlewood Treatment Center  inspired by our dedicated direct care staff recently shared this with our team: Meghan A- Meghan is always looking for ways to notice and connect with each client. She is always willing to make time to check-in no matter what else is going on. It’s so completely obvious that she loves her job and her passion makes us feel valued and special. Meghan genuinely demonstrates servant leadership and I often see her doing things for other DC staff outside her normal responsibilities. Meghan is flexible and always has a good attitude no matter what…

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Castlewood Alumni Raises Funds for ED Awareness

Matthew Ryd, a former client at Castlewood Treatment Center and musician extraordinaire uses his talents each year during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to raise money for the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). In previous years he has participated in various fundraisers including creating a video sharing his story with the world to bring awareness to men and eating disorders. Matt shared that he feels that awareness is extremely important when it pertains to eating disorders. “Eating Disorder are generally misunderstood by the general public. It not just about young girls…

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A Mother’s Gratitude

My daughter was a client at Castlewood for two months at the beginning of 2012.  Castlewood Treatment Center has given her the tools to begin a new life full of the hopes and dreams that she never before thought possible.  She  is doing well in her recovery.  For the most part, our family is doing well in her recovery.  As I read through your recent newsletter, I was moved to walk back in time and  experience again my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams that I experienced during my family week-end visit to Castlewood. As a fifteen year recovering alcoholic, I couldn’t…

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Alumni Corner- a few years later

Kimi- a former Castlewood client shares about her journey in recovery several years after treatment. I sit here tonight, a junior in nursing school, at a top 3% nursing school in the nation, finally feeling like I am truly doing what I am supposed to be doing and living my life to the fullest. Tomorrow, I start my first day of clinicals in a psychiatric unit. I had to do a reflection on what I was expecting. I found myself drifting back to the months I spent at Castlewood. The most life changing months of my life. I can’t believe it…

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The best decision I have ever made

“I had struggled with an eating disorder most of my life.  From age 16-22 it was really bad.  I had a few good years but at age 28 I found my life unraveling.  I was bingeing and purging uncontrollably and my weight had plummeted.  My therapist recommended a higher level of care and after researching several options – I chose Castlewood.  And it was the best decision I have ever made.  Castlewood worked with me as an individual – not just the standard treatment protocol for an individual with an eating disorder.  They included my family.  They addressed the underlying…

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