Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Alumni and Family

I believe that an dealing successfully with eating disorders

“Thank you for the monthly Castlewood newsletters.  My daughter was a client at Castlewood for two months at the beginning of 2012.  Castlewood 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…

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Alumni Corner- Coping Skills

Ian, a Castlewood Alumni shared with us about how he is putting the skills he learned at Castlewood to use! SKILLS I LEARNED AT CASTLEWOOD WHICH I AM APPLYING AT HOME One of the most important skills I learned at Castlewood was to not numb my emotions and let them be as they are and be curious towards them. I learned restriction and exercise numbs the emotions for a brief period of time only to return even stronger and it is normal to have these emotions. Since being at Castlewood, I have been able to manage my anxiety better with…

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My son is recovering from his eating disorder

“My son has struggled with an eating disorder for 30 years and Castlewood saved his life; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  We found that there were not many treatment centers for men as eating disorders are often viewed as only a “woman’s disease” and, of course, that is not true.  Castlewood treated my son with the same commitment and care as they do all their clients.  My son experienced the staff at Castlewood as knowledgeable and well-trained and, most importantly for us, he was embraced with loving compassion.I was fortunate to experience family week two times. (I highly recommend this)…

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Alumni Testimonial- SG

I was at Castlewood for a little over two months.Castlewood was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was scared to leave home, but as soon as I walked through the doors I was welcomed and had all my questions answered by all and any staff. I was deeply struggling with an eating disorder and addiction problems. I was put with a therapist In Castlewood 2 and had never had a harder but more accomplishing therapy experience. I felt more cared about and safe then I had in a very long time while I was at…

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Alumni Corner- Re-Entry: The World After Treatment

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”                               ~John Pierpont Morgan A space shuttle flight crew returning to earth cannot kick back, cross their fingers, and simply hope re-entry works out.  The flight crew must access their extensive training, check and double check all variables, meticulously plan the re-entry, and stay in communication with professionals trained to help them in order to be successful. Similarly, there comes a time when you leave residential treatment and plan “re-entry” to your actual life.  Despite feeling hopeful and prepared, it can be…

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Amazing treatment team and caring staff members

“I came to Castlewood Treatment Center knowing that I would be coming to terms with my eating disorder. The amazing treatment team and caring staff members fostered an environment that allowed me to feel comfortable enough to discuss, and then have the appropriate tools to manage my anorexia. I truly believe that I would not be a success story without the encouragement and support of Castlewood. I didn’t develop my eating disorder overnight and I didn’t expect that it would ‘leave’ that quickly. It is something that takes hard work by the client as well as the treatment team, and…

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Neda Walk

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association, a NEDA Network member, is hosting the 4th Annual St. Louis NEDA Walk September 29, 2012. 60% of the funds raised will be used in St. Louis and throughout Missouri for education and outreach. Castlewood Treatment Center is helping sponsor the St. Louis Neda Walk held at Tower Grove Park. Castlewood employees and alumni have also formed a team to walk at the event. For more information on how to donate or join the Castlewood team please visit the NEDA website. Event Details Walk Venue: Tower Grove Park Walk Location:4256 Magnolia Avenue, St. Louis MO…

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Alumni Testimonial: LK

Another Alumni of Castlewood shared this statement with us after she completed a post discharge check-in at Castlewood: Castlewood TC is like a championship sports team. The fifth string is just as talented as the first string. I didn’t understand that there were so many genuinely caring and compassionate people in the world. I am sure that I had encountered many throughout my life but I wasn’t able to recognize them until Castlewood taught me to see. I experienced more tender loving care at Castlewood than in all the days of my life added together.  The directors and staff have…

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Alumni Testimonial

Received this statement from a former client today and thought we should share: My therapist from college told me to look into Castlewood as an option when I was in desperate need of more intensive help with recovering from 6 years of a diagnosed eating disorder. It was the fall of 2010 and I was desperate to find a place where I could finally beat this thing that had taken my life away. I was extremely lucky that Castlewood had a bed available for me mere days after I contacted them. Arriving in a new place is always bizarre. Arriving…

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Alumni Corner- Advice Post Treatment

Leslee, a Castlewood alumnus shares her advice just 16 weeks post treatment. Castlewood not only saved my life they restored me to my life. The life I was meant to live, not a life based on circumstances or the expectations of others. A life I no longer believed was possible or that I deserved. I have suffered from an eating disorder for 45 years and am beginning week 16 post-discharge from 90 days of treatment at Castlewood. I am finding that one of my greatest struggles is being gentle with myself. Sitting in the emotions rather than distracting myself by…

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