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Category Archives: Eating Disorder Treatment

Know the signs: How to help someone with an eating disorder

Do you believe someone you love has an eating disorder? Parents, siblings, friends and significant others all play a key role in the supporting and navigating alongside your loved one on their journey. The first step in supporting them is learning more about eating disorders and becoming equipped to encourage them on their recovery journey. Explore these questions to learn more about eating disorders and how to support someone who may be facing one. What are the different types of eating disorders? An important step in supporting someone who may have an eating disorder is knowing the signs and symptoms.…

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“The Warmth of Eating Disorder Recovery in a Residential Program” Written by A.B.F.

Tired? It’s okay that you don’t know how to take care of yourself right now. Can you imagine if someone else could do that for you so you can have a moment of peace? I remember feeling like if I just had a break from myself, I could get better. I just needed a break. A break from the constant haunting feeling of having to give in to the eating disorder behaviors to feel okay, even if it was just for a brief second. The negative thinking and the inner pain just cannot be explained. I chose one day to…

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Lipstick Lesbian:  A Coming Out Story, Written by C.W., Castlewood Alumna

I grew up with a fiscally conservative father and a die-hard liberal mother. I wasn’t too afraid of coming out, more so just embarrassed. My family didn’t do feelings. Maybe if I instead hollered “HEY, I’M A LESBIAN” from upstairs as my parents got home from dinner that night, it would have felt less awkward. Once it was out there, it was out there. My father would parade down the hall into my room at least twice a week from then on, looking for a heart to heart, craving the reassurance he needs to feel like his baby girl wasn’t going to…

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Summer Refocus Program: Instill Hope & Initiate Healing

Castlewood’s Summer Refocus Program was developed for motivated clients whose time is precious during the summer months and who wish to focus on the underlying causes of their eating disorder and recovery. Our team works to understand the role of the eating disorder and replace those behaviors with new ones, to build your self-esteem by reconnecting to you at your core, and to free you of the negative self-talk and replace it with self-care. We have a variety of exclusive treatment options to help you recover from an eating disorder.  Whether you have been in eating disorder recovery for a…

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Staff Spotlight: Jenn Edwards Returns to Castlewood at Monarch Cove

Welcome Back Jenn! Staff Spotlight:  Jennifer Edwards MA, LPCC (#2700), R-DMT- Clinical Director Your role at Castlewood at Monarch Cove: I am the Clinical director at Monarch Cove.  It is my role to support and guide our Monarch Cove team in deepening the therapeutic work of each of our clients. I am returning to Monarch Cove inspired and rejuvenated.   I have missed the team collaborative approach that truly is unique to Castlewood.  I really thrive when surrounded by the talented and dedicated staff that are inevitably attracted to Castlewood, and I have found the team at Monarch Cove to be no…

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Grief and Eating Disorder Treatment

      Presented by Chelsea Albus, MSW, LMSW – Primary Therapist “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”― Leo Tolstoy Loss is a universal experience that impacts us all and an individual’s beliefs and feelings about grief are largely shaped by cultural, societal and religious influences. In Latino culture for example, the perception of death is significantly impacted by Catholic beliefs and women tend to demonstrate their mourning for the deceased through crying or wailing whereas men uphold the…

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NEDAwareness: It’s Time To Talk About It. -Castlewood Alumna Kimi Gravlin

“Eight years have passed since I started my road to recovery from an eating disorder. Every February, when Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes around I feel indescribable gratitude for my health and my recovery. But, I feel even more grateful for my family who loved me unconditionally, my friends who made the difficult choice to speak up, and the professionals at Castlewood Treatment Center who all played a huge role in my recovery. I often find myself taking my health and wellbeing for granted, forgetting that it was something I once had to fight so hard for. Eight years seems…

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Get Involved with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Though it’s sobering even to consider, eating disorders will impact some 30 million Americans at some point in their lifetime. Conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder—among others—are all too common, and yet we talk about them far too infrequently. There remains much stigma surrounding the topic of eating disorders, and much discomfort in even broaching the subject. The consequences of this stigma? Many people struggle with an eating disorder and never realize that they can get help; they never know that treatment works, and that recovery is possible. Meanwhile, many loved ones, friends, and family members remain…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Everyone needs their sleep, and those who are in mental health recovery need it most of all. A good night of solid rest will help you to tackle each day’s challenges with high spirits, creativity, and vigor—while a lack of sleep can cause mental health symptoms to spiral. Not everyone finds it easy to fall asleep, though, or to stay asleep through the night. Sleepless nights are all too common, and the causes of insomnia are numerous. If you find that insomnia is sapping your mental fortitude, or stalling your recovery, then a good first step is to think through…

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