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Category Archives: Testimonials

2014 Client Satisfaction Survey Results

Castlewood is proud of our commitment to excellence in helping our clients find recovery and transform their lives. As part of the discharge process, clients complete anonymous satisfaction surveys. We invite you to view a summary of exerts from 2014 client satisfaction surveys across affiliate locations. Castlewood is excited to share that over 85% of our clients report they would recommend Castlewood to another suffering from an Eating Disorder. >>Read more testimonials from clients  “After my stay at Castlewood, I have [choose one] useful coping skills” Many Coping Skills Some Coping Skills A Few Coping Skills No Useful Coping Skills Castlewood I 55%…

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Castlewood Alumni Express Gratitude

At Castlewood we encourage our clients to develop practices of mindfulness and gratitude as part of the recovery process. As we enter this season of gratitude, we wanted to share with you what our Alumni are most thankful for about their experience with our eating disorder treatment program. In-Depth Individualized Treatment “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…

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My Only Regret Is Having Waited So Long

I am ashamed to admit that I have been in inpatient or residential treatment at five other facilities before I finally could afford to switch insurance carriers to one which covered Castlewood, my at-home treatment team’s first choice 7 years ago. My only regret is having waited so long. Your staff, including the insightful and compassionate direct care providers, were able to see beyond the food into what I really needed to address. I never felt alone on this journey. I was allowed, even encouraged, to be an active participant in creating and modifying my treatment plan. When I needed…

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Recovery Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum

Recovery Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum

Written by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, founder of One of the things that I have struggled to understand in both my recovery and my evaluation of treatment facilities is the idea that active recovery should happen in a vacuum.  How can people in treatment possibly be prepared to adapt and to use the coping skills they’ve learned in their treatment environment if they haven’t practiced them? I know that for me, recovering in a vacuum without technology, I had an immediate hurdle to face the minute I got home with  my Blackberry in hand. At Castlewood Treatment Centers I was surprised…

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Kimi about her experience on Katie Couric

There Is Freedom: Castlewood Alumna Shares Her Story of Recovery on the Katie Couric Show

If someone had told me five years ago that I would be a guest on the Katie Couric Show to discuss my journey with an eating disorder I would have laughed. In fact, if anyone had told me I would be healthy rather than plagued by the intense fear of gaining weight or consumed by thoughts of negativity, I would have laughed. I don’t think that words can do justice to the depths of the darkness that I, or anyone else who has experienced an eating disorder, lived in daily. But I hope that the experience that I had in…

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Castlewood truly changed me

“As I reflect on my time at Castlewood I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to go there and get healing, learn boundaries, learn how to love myself, and how to make healthy relationships. Castlewood truly changed me. Castlewood gave me a second chance at motherhood. I now am a proud mommy of three adorable children. I just had a baby two weeks ago and although I struggled with the connection with my first two kids I truly have a connection now with them and with our new bundle of joy Landyn. I can not thank you…

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Reclaiming My Story

Written by L.M- Castlewood Alumnus “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown I’ve spent most of my life running from my story, using an eating disorder as a way to disconnect from feelings of fear, shame, and worthlessness.  Recovery never made…

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So Completely Devoted To Its Clients

” I truly don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t come here. Actually it’s entirely possible i’d not be here…anywhere. I’ve never been to a treatment center so completely devoted to its clients. This place is truly something special, and I don’t see how I could recommend it more highly. In fact, I have already recommended it to friends at the outpatient program I was in before coming here. As I sit here thinking about leaving tomorrow, I have tears of sadness and joy. I haven’t had that in a long time. It’s a beautiful gift that Castlewood gave…

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Alumni Corner- Raising Awareness on a Personal Level

Written By Andrea Batt, Castlewood Alumn Andrea was recently featured on Project Heal as a guest blogger. She shares below about her process of writing this piece. When I find myself struggling with eating disordered thoughts, I always refer to my “bag of tricks”–formally known as coping skills.  To name a few of my trusted tricks: I typically start out with a “just do it” mentality–and at times that is enough to get me through. Other times, I resort to self talk on a more positive level.  If my self-hate is too high to accept what I’m saying, I reach out…

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I extend deepest respect and profound, lasting gratitude.

“I came to Castlewood a broken person, riddled with shame, self hate and terror.  I was not far from death.  The effects of trauma had left me fragmented and terrified of both existing in my body and functioning in the outside world.  At Castlewood, I have for the first time in my life, slowly begun to experience a sense of safety.  Through my work here, I have been able to cultivate enough strength and courage to explore the seemingly endless layers of pain an suffering accumulated over the course of more than 30 years of life.  Throughout my journey at…

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