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Discovering Me: Alumni Guest Post

Guest Post by Alumna Lauren S. Something I’ve heard a lot in eating disorder recovery is to consider my values and who I am as a person, and then live in a way that upholds my true self.  Sounds so simple. But especially in the early days of my recovery, it seemed like the most unhelpful thing I could imagine. Problem 1: I really had no clue who I was. I had no clue what I valued, other than watching the number on the scale change. In my earliest stages of recovery, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell…

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In the Transitions: Scars of Recovery

Guest post by Alumnus: Shaun A year ago I was in Castlewood’s step-down program working day in and out challenging the old stories, being vulnerable, and connecting with my peers. One year ago I felt so connected, so new, so optimistic. Today it’s hard to remember the work that was done and how strong, connected, and accepted I felt…I was my’Self’. Today, I slipped; I acted on behaviors. It got to be too much.  “Behaviors” can look different from person to person, and the details of the behavior(s) aren’t necessarily important because the act takes on a similar meaning: its…

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Treatment As Usual: A Letter to Alumni from Dr. Jim Gerber

To our Castlewood Alumni, Many of you may be surprised that I am responding to communication from social media but it has been brought to my attention that there are significant concerns related to recent changes here. I do want to assure everyone that the mission remains the same, to provide an environment and clinical structure that is directed in helping clients to resolve the underlying issues of their eating disorder. In order to do this Castlewood has to remain viable. There are numerous changes in the world and we have to respond in a way that allows us to…

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A unique program unlike any

This is a unique program unlike any in the United States. Caters to the individual’s needs and is multi-faceted with groups like expressive therapy and adjunctive therapy work that goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of this program and feel grateful for all that I have learned and worked through. A.E. 3/15

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Goodbye Anorexia, Hello Life!

Alumni Testimonial: Writing in Recovery Goodbye Anorexia, Hello Life: How God Helped Me Finally Find Myself and Embrace Living Loved, Healthy, and Whole

My name is Allison Bryant. I am 37 years old and have suffered from anorexia most of my life. It all started around age 11, continuing as an ongoing nightmare for 25 years, and at age 36 nearly ended my life. However, with God’s help, I am now in recovery and have finally embraced living loved, healthy and whole. I was in and out of eating disorder treatment centers numerous times since age 21. I went to inpatient treatment centers all over the U.S., some multiple times even within the same year. Although these were all good treatment centers, the…

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Recovery: A Mother’s Journey

Guest Post by Megan McFall, Castlewood Alumna My life is a series of pauses, deep inhales.  I pause to listen to the rhythmic breathing of my four-month-old son in his swing at night.  I deeply breathe in the scent of my 18-month-old daughter as we cuddle before her naptime. No one told me that my practice of mindfulness in recovery would turn out to be the only way that I would survive motherhood.  Working through trauma, recovery from anorexia, and raising babies have one certain commonality: You have to be fully in the moment.  You would be remiss to jump…

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Alumnus Post: Transitioning Into the Real World

Written by Rahul Mehta- Castlewood Alumnus “It’s almost dinner time and I’m absurdly bored!  What did I used to do…..? Oh wait.”  Twenty four hours before that, I was saying my goodbyes in IOP.  No one told me what it would be like after discharge from intensive treatment.  There’s no pamphlet or step by step guide on how to transition from intensive internal work to being a full grown adult, full time, with no daily/hourly/minute-by-minute support.  There is no online video, college course, or For Dummy’s book on what to expect going forward.  Needless to say, my transition from IOP…

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