The following is a partial transcript of a conversation Dan Griffin had with Jerry Law as part of his Men in Recovery video series. Jerry is an interventionist and the Director of Family, Education, and Leadership Training at The Meadows. Through his role at The Meadows, he works with families of clients who are in treatment to help them understand how they can support their loved one and begin their own process of healing.
By Andrea Sauceda, Internet and Social Media Director at The Meadows
It was 116 degrees on the June day my new co-worker Erin and I went to meet The Meadows’ Equine Therapy program directors for a demonstration. It was also our third day of a week-long new employee orientation process, during which we did whirlwind tours of all The Meadows’ programs and talked with staff about the incredible work they were doing.
Women who struggle with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia typically have a harder time becoming pregnant anyway, due to disruptions in their menstrual cycles caused by caloric restriction, excessive exercise, and or intense emotional stress. But, if pregnancy does occur, the risk for complications is high.
We’re proud to sponsor two upcoming screenings of The Student Body, a 2016 documentary that features the story of two brave high school girls who take a stand against bullying and explore the complex and controversial truths behind the childhood obesity epidemic. The film won the Independent Spirit Award at the Sedona International Film Festival.
We are pleased to announce that Vicki Berkus, MD, Ph.D., CEDS, has been named a Senior Fellow for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows. She will be instrumental in assisting Remuda Ranch’s efforts to maintain it’s treatment programs at the cutting-edge of eating disorder care. Dr. Berkus will also share her knowledge and expertise with patients and provide training for the therapeutic staff.
“The statistics are grim,” a therapist had once said, “1 in 5 of you will die.” I sat in the dining room that morning, each table a circle of women, hollow and broken just like me, and accepted my fate as the sacrificial lamb. I would die and save four. It was early in my stay at Remuda Ranch, perhaps only two or three days in. I knew where I was and why I was there, but the gravity of my situation had yet to register. I was too numb, too thin, and too near death to process much of what was going on around me. My eating disorder had done its job well. I no longer felt anything.
By: Tracy Bagnato
Jumping out of a plane with a complete stranger on my back. Going bungee jumping. Convincing my family to go on crazy thrill rides with me. No fear of anything ever happening to me. I was invincible. Had someone asked me what being fearless meant years ago, even months ago, this most likely would have been my response.
Being in recovery from eating disorder can be a scary and isolating experience. Hannah Grice struggles with anorexia and just started her first week of college. She describes what the experience was like, and how she is staying on track with her recovery at TheMighty.com:
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