Posted on Sep 13, 2018
Have you ever been driving home from work or school, only to find yourself at your house with the question going through your head “how in the world did I get home?” or doing routine tasks such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and getting dressed without having to put thought, or effort to accomplish these tasks? This experience is referred to as “using muscle memory”, or being in “autopilot mode”. However, in neuroscience, there is a more official term called default mode.
Posted on Aug 01, 2018
We are featuring another guest blog spot from a soulful former patient, Courtney. We are so grateful for her tenacity and commitment to her recovery. Also, that she is able to so eloquently articulate the struggles and speak to us where we live. Courtney writes to those who are struggling today. (Posted with Courtney’s permission).
Posted on Feb 20, 2018
I have the unique opportunity at Avalon Hills to watch our clients make tremendous changes in their lives. This is one of my favorite parts of doing this kind of work. I see patients, both adolescents and adults come from all parts of the country and many parts of the world.
Posted on Jan 02, 2018
This probably won’t come as a surprise but the #1 New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, exercise more, and/or lose weight. How many of you have set this same goal on January 1st only to forget about it a week later? For the average person all the weight loss related social media posts, magazine articles, and conversations with family members or friends may be harmless and easily forgotten, but for someone suffering from an eating disorder all those messages that it’s time to literally “shape up” and lose those 10 extra pounds can be toxic.
Posted on Dec 05, 2017
(Body A-C-C-E-P-T-A-N-C-E is possible) In my previous blog post I shared with you a little bit about the body image work that we do here at Avalon Hills. I’m excited to share some research evidence with you that demonstrates the importance of body image flexibility, especially in regards to long term recovery outcomes.
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
Twice a year Avalon Hills invites parents and partners of our adult patients to spend a week with their loved ones at our Family Week event held on the campus of Utah State University. While it takes commitment and effort for families to get there, time and again they say was invaluable and worth the effort.
Posted on Oct 05, 2017
I have been working in the mental health industry for the past 30 years and have worn many hats from an office manager at a thriving outpatient clinic, to admissions, to billing manager, and for the last seven years as the Financial Coordinator for Avalon Hills. I have seen the eating disorders treatment industry change drastically over this time and I must say that the best years of my career have been at Avalon Hills. I really don't think of working as a job, but rather I serve as a patient advocate for our clients, the families, adolescents and women who have trusted us to help them heal. It breaks my heart that every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result of their eating disorder, a TREATABLE condition
Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Eating disorders are a complicated, painful and potentially life threatening. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. (Crow, et al, 2009). One of the reasons I am so passionate about working with eating disorders is because I suffered and recovered from an eating disorder as a young woman.
Posted on Aug 03, 2017
Dr. Steven Hayes, the founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT--a values-guided approach to thinking about oneself and how we relate to the world) suggests the reason people come to therapy or treatment is because they notice a gap between how they are living their lives and how they WANT to be living their lives; the purpose of therapy, therefore, is to narrow that gap.
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
What is body image? Are you happy with your body image? What influenced the development of your body image? These are an example of some of the questions posed to patients in the body image process groups that are held weekly at Avalon Hills. As you might guess, when patients first arrive at Avalon the answers to these questions contain a host of negative words. Patients often say they hate their bodies, but are not always sure why they feel that way. Some can pinpoint messages they heard growing up that began the questioning of their bodies and others have no idea what influenced their body image ideal.