Posted on Jan 17, 2017
With the beginning of this new year it seemed appropriate to talk briefly about new years’ resolutions. You know, that thing that you’ve already broken now that we are a few days into the new year (something tells me many reading this know exactly what I’m talking about!) I was speaking with my wife about our new year’s resolutions a few days before the new year. When asked what she was going to do she said, “you know, the normal ones…”. What she meant of course was the resolutions she makes every year, but for one reason or another is unable to follow through on.
Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Tragically, 17 years ago Anna Westin committed suicide. She was only 21 at the time. I have heard her mom Kitty tell the story that Anna felt so hopeless in her eating disorder that it lead to her death. Anna needed residential treatment desperately but was unable to access care due to limitations of her insurance policy.
Posted on Dec 06, 2016
This month our clients had the opportunity to serve at the Loaves and Fishes Community Meal, which is a non-denominational event held at the First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers and donors from several churches and organizations worked together to make this outreach a great success. Meals were served and delivered to elderly people in need of companionship, families struggling financially, group home residents seeking social safety, and people hoping to build stronger relationships throughout the community. Meals were also delivered to CAPSA to help those sheltering from domestic violence. We felt fortunate to be part of such a great community effort!
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
As anyone who’s been affected by an eating disorder knows, recovery doesn’t come easily. Eating disorders are widely considered some of the most challenging mental illnesses to treat due to the complex set of circumstances and underlying conditions around each individual’s diagnosis. For many people, residential treatment is the only realistic option when it comes to reclaiming control of their lives—but treatment can be costly.
Posted on Nov 29, 2016
At Avalon Hills, we have several programs that allow clients look deeper inside themselves. One of these programs is martial arts where self-defense techniques, eastern philosophy, meditation are studied to increase mindfulness and a greater understanding of oneself. For many centuries, the study of martial arts has been intertwined with gaining greater control over the mind as well as the body.
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
When I was first offered the position as the new Yoga Specialist for Avalon Hills, I started crying and honestly asked “are you serious? You’re not playing a trick on me?” I could not believe that a dream of mine was coming true! I started practicing Yoga about two years ago when my sister invited me to go to a class with her. I needed something to fill the emptiness I felt in my life. From that point forward I have always aspired to teach others what Yoga has taught me about self-love, acceptance, and so much more.
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
I once heard someone say, “When our bodies are in need of healing, we search inward for a cure. When our souls need healing, however, looking only inward isn’t enough. The healing of the soul is found in turning outward to help someone else.”
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
After being exposed to Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain that Changes Itself, the CEO (our fearless leader Dr. Benita Quakenbush) of Avalon Hills said “we have to meet this guy”. Well, we were fortunate to do that and so much more. In the early days of helping Norman understand Avalon Hills and what makes us so different than other eating disorder treatment centers, he was a gracious guide in linking us with other pioneers in the field of mental health treatment.
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
One of the many things that sets Avalon Hills apart is our willingness and determination to treat each patient at the individual level and not attempt to apply one treatment model to everyone. Avalon understands that each patient has individual needs and struggles and therefor will also need a different treatment plan and individualized interventions along the way.
Posted on Oct 10, 2016
I have been with the Avalon Hills team as a dietitian for 8 years. I have very much enjoyed my time here, and am deeply saddened by leaving. I have gained so many friendships and developed relationships, and it will be difficult to say good-bye. I will miss working with excellent people who are skilled, compassionate, hard-working, and loving.