My recovery at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders was the most positive and life changing medical treatment I have ever experienced.
Before entering their treatment program at the hospital, I had been suffering for over 10 years of not only my eating disorder, but also mistreatment by other less qualified physicians. I endured what seemed like an endless cycle of arduous medical testing and countless blood draws; all without any diagnosis or any chance at recovering my health and ultimately my life. I missed out on a lot of life experiences that my peers enjoyed and I was in chronic pain both emotionally and physically. By the time I got to ACUTE I was at my breaking point. There were many times where I had given up leading a healthy life and given up pursuing my goals in life. My life had all but collapsed from my condition. I had dropped out of college, became totally isolated from my peers, lost my relationship, and struggled to be close with anyone including my family. I felt no one could or would be willing to help me. I felt very alone. After attempting treatment in an outpatient program, it became clear that I would require hospitalization to end my substance abuse, restricting, and exercise addiction. My health was so compromised that without ACUTE, I could have lost my life to my eating disorder.
The thought of a lengthy hospital stay was intimidating, but I truly felt ACUTE was the right place for me to get well. Being a young male, I was always concerned treatment would be difficult since it is less common for males to enter these types of programs. They welcomed me with open arms, always staying positive, giving me hope that I wasn’t alone in my fight, and that they would gladly do everything in their power to turn my life around. Everyone at the hospital was outstanding. From all my CNAs, the dieticians, all my nurses, and of course the excellent team of doctors that treated my case. My treatment by: Dr. Bahia, Dr. Cleary, Dr. Gaudiani, & Dr. Mehler was amazing. I finally felt I had found physicians that were experts in the treatment of eating disorders and they proved it every day I was under their care. I never felt judged or just like another patient. I realized how invested the medical staff was to improving my health and my quality of life. With their expertise within about 2 & half weeks, I was recovering, gaining emotional and physical strength, and was ready to move the next stage in my overcoming my eating disorder. Now, I am gaining my life back. I feel a great relief, and continue to get healthier with every passing month. I am finishing college and look forward to pursuing goals I set out to accomplish a long time ago. I am humbled by the care I received and extend my fondest gratitude to my team at ACUTE, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!