Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Testimonials

Letter From a Former Client: Healing From an Eating Disorder is a Complex Task

Until I entered Castlewood, I lived a double life. I couldn’t be myself, and no one really knew me. Healing from an eating disorder is a complex task. I wish it could be as simple as popular culture and media make it out to be. I wish you could eat, read some work sheets about skills, replace your “maladaptive coping mechanisms” – i.e., eating disorder behaviors – with “healthy” ones (“Instead of skipping lunch, I ate and then wrote in my journal. Now I feel better), and call it a day. It’s safer for treatment centers to err on the…

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I will forever be grateful

“As a 22 year old who has struggled with her eating disorder for over half of her life, my hope for recovery had been rapidly reduced down to a flicker. Castlewood Treatment Center is the second facility I’ve undergone treatment for my eating disorder; however, it’s the first place I was able to find a renewed hope for my future. Castlewood’s staff is unbelievably knowledgeable about a variety of issues: trauma, abuse, eating disorders of every kind, substance abuse, anxiety and OCD, self harm, SI, body image issues, attachment issues–you name it; they are familiar and eager to help clients…

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Every person that walks in those doors walks out a different person

“Being honest meant I was going against who I was – everything I was always taught – the constant shifting, in and out of whichever character I needed to be for protection from the rest of the world.  At Castlewood, for the first time I told a story that was mine – not the one I thought I knew was true… not the story of a girl I was in public, or the girl in the bedroom I borrowed growing up, or the girl in my parents house.  It was all mine – non-returnable, non-refundable – mine. We all come…

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My first week at Castlewood completely exceeded my expectations

“I came to treatment at Castlewood not knowing what to expect. I hadn’t been in treatment before and had no idea what was ahead of me. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was in a special place. As I underwent the initial process of adjusting to a new environment, I attempted to convince myself that I was not sick enough to warrant help (a denial of my own needs that I later learned played into my eating disorder). I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by incredibly supportive peers who assured me that I deserved the…

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What is Treatment at Castlewood Really Like?

Castlewood Treatment Center provides a safe, judgment free environment for healing where clients can address their underlying symptoms with our caring, experienced staff. We are proud of our success and even more proud of our alumni who have gone on to leader fuller lives. Here’s just a sampling of what’s being said by our alumni, families and professional colleagues about the Castlewood experience: What do Castlewood Alumni say about their treatment experience? 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…

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The First Step In Trusting Myself

“I do appreciate the general consistency that Castlewood keeps for all clients in the community, as well as the individualized treatment approach that navigates specific needs. I have never before felt so much care, compassion, and genuine interest in my needs and well-being. Everyone on staff at Castlewood is evidently here because they care about the clients, and their love and wisdom have helped me save my own life. I couldn’t have the confidence in my desire or ability to recover if it weren’t for all the support I have had here. I have learned how to build trust with…

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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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