"I like the
atmosphere. Westwind is NOT a typical clinic with
white walls and long terrifying hallways. The program
is working WITH the clients. Nobody is forced by the
staff to do anything they don't want. I liked the
fact that we were allowed to contact the therapist on
their cell phone, even on weekends. Bryan was always
there to talk to. The clinic is his life. Especially
for the younger clients, he was sort of a father
figure. I loved the fact that the clients are going
to stay in touch with Westwind and we are able to
have sessions over the phone after we leave."
Former client from Germany.
"Westwind has been the best thing in my life. Brian
and Barb, your time, effort and endless support is
appreciated more that you will ever know. Though my
struggles through recovery may not be over, the
strength you have helped me to gain over my eating
disorder will lead me to a healthier, happier life.
Thank you so much for all you have done for me,
helping me take back control. You will always hold
a special place in my heart. The time I spent here
at Westwind has been of great value to me."
"Hello, this is Michelle
and I am interested in entering your treatment
centre. Can you tell me a little about your
program." "So, you don't lock the bathrooms?" "I'm
not forced to eat?" "I can set my own goals?" I
hung up the phone and pondered what I just heard
for several hours. I was excited by what I heard,
but I was also unsure how a program like this could
work. I have never heard of such a philosophy.
Every other centre I had been in or called, locked
bathrooms, forced eating and set goals for me. They
all took the philosophy that I could not be
responsible for myself or my actions and taught me
to view myself the same. So I was confused by a
program who trusted me before they knew me and gave
me the message from day one that I COULD trust
myself. Although this program perplexed me, it
seemed worth a shot. I put my name on the waiting
list and entered the program 2 months later in June
It took a month for me to adjust to such a
different treatment view, but it didn't take long
after that to realize what a gift Westwind had
given me - the gift of trust. And how that gift
changed my life. I'm not going to lie to you - the
recovery road was not easy, seemed never-ending at
times, and extremely rough and painful to travel.
Every day was a struggle and progress seemed slow.
But the gift I was given was priceless and in my
mind the key to my recovery.
Each morning began with each client listing their
accomplishments. When I began my list was short and
simple, but each week it began to grow as I began
to grow. About two months into my stay I reflected
on my accomplishments and it was then I first
realized the preciousness of Westwind's gift. As I
looked at this list, I realized that each
accomplishment came from me - and not from force.
If I didn't purge, it was because I used my coping
skills, not because the bathroom was locked. If I
ate three meals, it was because I made the effort,
not because I was coerced or forced. It was then I
first realized, "I can do this!". Don't get me
wrong - I had tremendous support grom the staff,
but the control was mine, not theirs. The
accomplishments were mine. I believe the gift of
trust made it easier to give up the control of my
eating disorder because I found control in a new
way - health!
Four months after I entered the doors of Westwind,
I left. The day before I left, I reviewed what I
had accomplished during my stay. I ate foods I
never dreamed I would eat. I ate pizza at my
goodbye party. I ate in a healthy manner, was free
of all purging behaviours, challenged myself daily,
smiled more, and had a new brighter outlook. I was
apprehensive to return home, but not fearful. After
all Westwind and home weren't that much different -
both had no locked bathrooms, both had freedom,
both didn't force eating, and both gave trust.
Thank you Westwind for not only giving me a
supportive place to get my life back, but for
trusting me. It is a priceless gift I will always
countless treatment centers, doctors,
psychiatrists, nutritionists and endless hospitals
I have for eleven years been in search for an
answer. It is so frustrating having an ailment and
just trying to find a way to make it go away.
Unfortunately, I have come to learn that there is
no majic pill - if there was I would be a
multi-millionaire and writing my memoirs on some
remore island in the Carribean! What I do know is
that I had given up, until I found Westwind.
Westwind is different from every other program I
have ever encountered, because instead of taking
control, it gives you control. There are no locked
bathrooms, forbidden foods, stringent rules or
Basically, Westwind is all about self-choice. You
choose your life and how you want to live it.
People with eating disorders are so focused on the
negative. Any negativitiy or denial only worsens
the problem. People don't realise teh more control
you take away from a sufferer, the more they try to
take back - usually in the form of food. By giving
back the control, one can only feel power and
independance, which opens the door for positive
The focus isn't on weight, scales, numbers or size.
Rather, it is on developing a healthy, normal
relationship with food and life. Developing healthy
lifestyle habits helps you get in touch with
reality. It also helps awaken your passion for
life. In my case, I'm realizing that there is a
future for me. I'm starting to try to steer my
focus away from my bizzare dark world, and trusting
the waters of a brighter one. Even though I've got
about one toe in the water at least I'm checking to
see how warm the water is.
I've managed to get myself on somewhat of a daily
structure and I'm trying to concentrate on
recovery. At least I feel that I have finally found
a direction and it is upwards. I'm setting positive
goals for myself and trying to get in touch with
what I enjoy. I don't know much about Melissa, but
here I'm starting to rememer who I used to be and
what I want to do without anorexia. I know that I
am someone who does love the things live has to
offer and I'm excited!
Attitude by Charles
Swindell(one of Heather P.'s
"The longer I live the more I realize the impact of
attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past,
than education, than money, than circumstances,
than failures, than successes, than whatever other
people think or say or do. It is more important
than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make
or break a company...a church...a home. The
remarkable thing is, you have a choice everyday
regarding the attitude you will embrace for that
day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change
the fact that people will act in a certain way. We
cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can
do is play on the one string we have and that is
our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what
happens to me and 90% how I react to it." And so it
is with you!
Overall View of
progressed more in 7 weeks than I have in 4
client is committed to recovery , it works
had to come back, this is the only place I would
cured! Ha Ha, It’s great to be healthy
effective and life changing.
did you like most about the treatment you received
philospohy of free choice with the support
required to encourage positive
able to talk to someone at anytime, we were given
home phone #’s if need be. As well as the support
grom the other girls in the house.
therapy and especially the individual sessions
were very helpful. I couldn’t have made it this
far without counsellors.
felt like a family, I feel safe here; but was
able to move forward and feel safe without my
eating disorder. Trust, openness were here and
support. I love to trust people and found it
freedom and trust. Independence. Approachability
and accesibility of staff.
openness and my ability to make my own
respect, understanding, encouragement. Your
treatment centre has everything for recovery