Rosewood Santa Monica Alum Reflects On One Year In Recovery

One year later: The feelings of gratitude I have for recovery are unmatched in every way. The last year has been one of growth and resilience but also pain and loss. I have mourned the loss of my eating disorder in moments of frustration and anxiety, remembering moments when I escaped into my behaviors in…

Should You Try a Weighted Sleep Blanket?

Should You Try a Weighted Sleep Blanket?

Our alumni group recently got into a lively discussion over the benefits of weighted sleep blankets to relieve anxiety and insomnia. Weighted blankets, also called gravity blankets, usually contain pellets sewn into the pockets of the lining to make them heavier than normal bedding. Weighing from 10 to 25 pounds, the blanket’s pressure is evenly…

Keep Fighting. It Does Get Better.

I cried today. I wasn’t crying out of fear, frustration, anger, confusion, this was not that kind of cry. I was crying because I am happy, I feel joy run through my body. I was crying because of how thankful I am for my recovery & my sobriety. I was crying because around this time…

Make A New Year’s Resolution To Invest In Yourself

Before you set your 2018 resolutions, I’d like you to do something for me. Look in the mirror. Don’t look and fixate on your flaws. Give yourself a positive affirmation. Look at the amazing and beautiful human being you are. Are you a mom, dad, child, spouse, aunt, uncle, brother or sister? Are you a…

Freedom From Our Personal Prison

For many, prison is known as an isolated location for those who have committed crimes. A place of contained confinement for those of us on the outside to ensure our safety.  Loss of control, barbed wire and armed security guards.  Orange suits, questionable slop and unpleasant smells. You are told who, what, where, when and…

Rosewood Santa Monica Alumni Walk Out Of The Darkness

Last weekend I walked with our alumni in the Out of The Darkness Walk hosted by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Santa Monica.  As we gathered by the Pier, I wondered who would show up. I mean…it takes a brave soul to take a stand and show up to walk in honor of someone…

Anorexia: A Heritable Disease?

Anorexia Nervosa: A Highly Heritable Disease?

Many people believe eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa are mainly due to modern celebrity and fashion culture, which idealizes impossibly thin models and surgically enhanced stars. But new research indicates that genetic factors may strongly influence who develops eating disorders. Understanding that anorexia may be a highly heritable disease, combined with psychosocial factors, is…