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Recovery Really Is Worth It

The road to recovery has definitely not been an easy one. I did not believe that the right things would happen in my life. I gave up hope. I lost myself. Therapists, staff, and fellow patients continued to tell me recovery was worth it. I didn’t know what recovery looked like. I didn’t know if…

Dena Larsen-Gazely and Family

5 Minutes with 3 of Rosewood’s Alumni Advocates

The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act was a big victory for Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders alumni, who know from experience the importance of being able to access the right level of care. “Every day spent within treatment increases the success rate of long-term recovery,” said Dena Larsen-Gazeley, a teacher and mother of…

I Began To Create My Identity Outside Of ED

There were a couple turning points in my recovery. First, making the conscious decision every day that I didn’t want to live my life as I had been – unhappy, unfulfilled, unhappy. At a certain point, I was willing to try anything to live a different life even though it terrifies me. ANJ (now Rosewood…

I Beat My Eating Disorder And Drug Addiction

January 9, 2009: I made my life changing journey to Rosewood. It is hard to believe that it has been 8 years. Although I was not able to rid myself of an eating disorder at that time, I was able to two amazing things. Kick my drug addiction to pills – which had completely taken…

Rosewood Santa Monica Saved My Life

If I could only say one sentence about my experience at Rosewood Santa Monica, it would be that Rosewood saved my life.  Rosewood provided me with a safe and healing space where recovery was possible.  The support that I received from the staff and my peers gave me the strength to expand my toolbox of coping skills…

I Never Thought This Was Possible

I wanted to share with you all that I am 14 weeks pregnant. Our first baby is due in June and we are beyond over the moon. I never could have gotten to this beautiful place in my life without ANJ. I thought my life was over so, so many times. I came to ANJ broken. I continued…