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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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Alumni Corner- A Fully balanced life

R, a Castlewood alumnus in treatment four years ago shares how she is living a full and balanced life today. Even though going into treatment was the most difficult decision I’ve made in my life so far, I know it was the best choice I’ve ever made in my life.  This August, I will have four years in recovery under my belt.  My last relapse was in 2009.  Although I was disappointed I turned back to my eating disorder for two months, I was extremely proud that I quickly sought help and haven’t relapsed in the past three years. My…

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The degree to which the staff blend their perspectives with each client

“We chose Castlewood very carefully. When my daughter started I had hope, bits of optimism, and of course some relief in seeing her downward spiral arrested. Almost a month later, I still felt those same things, but my daughter was voicing some optimism of her own. The degree to which the staff blend their perspectives with each client, including my daughter, is what returned her to life, and life to her. You were the reason she believed she might, then could, then would make it — and yours was the strength she ‘borrowed’ when hers wasn’t quite there.”- DM

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Each and every person connected to Castlewood played an integral role in my recovery

“I find it incredibly difficult to put into words the gratitude that I have for not only Castlewood Treatment facility but for the staff that work at Castlewood.  Castlewood and more importantly the people at Castlewood saved my life…..a life at the time I wasn’t even sure I wanted saved.  When I arrived at Castlewood, I was broken and barely hanging on to life.  Not only was I battling an eating disorder but I was engulfed in the most intense grief and post traumatic stress.  It was hard to face each day, let alone breathe.  Upon arriving at Castlewood, I…

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Forever grateful

“Forever grateful for an organization who took the time to believe in me when my behavior didn’t deserve believing in, understanding when I couldn’t understand myself, and hope in my future when my vision was cloudy.  Five years ago, I entered Castlewood hurt, without hope, and broken.  I knew I had an eating disorder, my body showed it, and couldn’t stop starving, or bingeing and purging on my own.  Castlewood and the staff was a safe haven for me to nourish by body, soul, and mind.  Slowly, I was able to understand the function of my eating disorder, make changes,…

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Castlewood’s program is rigorous, diverse and intense

“It was very difficult to make the decision to send our 16 year old daughter to Castlewood for residential treatment of anorexia. However, we found quickly that Castlewood is a high quality and effective treatment center for eating disorders. Within 2 months of checking her in, she was back at home, well into her recovery, not only of her health and eating, but her life as a typical teenager. Castlewood’s program is rigorous, diverse and intense. The dietitians, psychiatrists, and therapists have specialized knowledge and experience with eating disorders and work together to devise a recovery plan to meet the…

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They restored me to my life

“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 created a sanctuary in the truest sense of the word. It is a safe place where safe people…

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Unlike other treatments that I have tried

“I was first admitted to Castlewood Treatment Center in November of 2011.  I had been in and out of previous treatment facilities throughout the course of my eating disorder.  I had been consistently in residential treatment for about the previous two years and I had done my share of hard work on the surface issues of my eating disorder issues such as significant weight restoration and DBT skills work.  I came into Castlewood knowing that I had done a lot of work, learned a lot of skills, and made a lot of progress, but I had not yet been able…

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The people here helped me find my strength

“The people at Castlewood Treatment Center saved my life. But they did more than that. They opened up my eyes to what life is all about, to all that I have to look forward to. I came in closed off from the world. The people here helped me find my strength. They didn’t just give me wings, they helped me find my own. They helped me realize I had the power to fly inside me all the time. I’m not just alive today because of the people here, but I’m actually living life as well.- MB

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