Hi! I am not sure if you remember me, although back then I was hard to forget.
I was a Jersey girl traveling to Florida for treatment.
I just wanted to say thank you.
I graduated several years ago with my masters in MFT, and today I currently work as a therapist at an addiction treatment center. Plenty with eating disorders as a primary, once we remove the drugs or alcohol.
I am married with a beautiful daughter. My month with Milestones was one of the most life changing experiences. There are not many eating disorder clinics that use the OA model, I am a big proponent of it.
You guys have it right. I work with my clients using the OA model and I owe it all to your treatment facility. Thank you!
July 16, 2019
I’m guessing you are in the mountains at this time. My family and I just got off a cruise and gratefully I’m still abstinent and chugging along. I have this little story about last night that I shared with my sponsor, but I feel like I would like to share with you, too. If you think it’s worthwhile, please share with Nikki, too. Thank you.
Here’s my email to my sponsor...
"We were invited to a birthday dinner for one of my husband’s friends. I really like all his friends and their wives.
Anyway, it was a dinner. There were 8 of us. It was lovely. I had asked permission to bring my weighed and measured food and put it on their dinner plate when I got there. They had no problem allowing me to do whatever I needed to do, and that was very kind of them. I did exactly that. I had plenty of my food. I finished my plate at the same time that everyone else finished their food. I passed up dessert and I feel great this morning.
Being abstinent takes guts and discomfort at times. However, the God of my understanding got me through and comforts me…especially this morning as I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually well. It’s all part of the recovery process. Thank you, God.
If this recovery business was easy - everyone would be doing this. I put my hand in yours and together we can do what I could never do alone. I really needed to share this particular event with you as it feels very important to me. Like I climbed a mountain and crowned it with a flag of recovery!
I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TO DO THIS HAD I NOT GONE TO THE MILESTONES TREATMENT CENTER A WHILE BACK. I AM SO GRATEFUL I HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT ME AND ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE ME AND TO STAY WELL THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DAYS OF MY LIFE."
Have a great day! Stay well.
July 16, 2019
It’s been five years since I was a patient at Milestones. I have been abstinent ever since. I know I still have a ways to go, but having lost 100 lbs has been a big step for me. I haven’t done things as you taught and wanted, but I have made it work for me my way.
I am off all antidepressants for a couple of years now and I am now doing and feeling good. I don’t go to meetings. I have never felt comfortable at the groups and have chosen not to go. I still meditate.
I still weigh and measure my food. It took a while for me, but I realize now that I will need to continue doing this probably forever since I seem to be incapable of knowing when to stop. I seem to lack that key body function.
I just returned from a 10 day trip to Italy. It was a scary experience, but I am proud to say I did really good. It was very difficult with all the pasta, but I managed to eat in control, although I had small portions of pasta, I was very careful not to be triggered by this.
Exercise is still a struggle for me, but I am more mobile and it’s getting easier for me to exercise. I will be retiring from my work at the end of October and am hoping to make the time to exercise regularly.
I have learned to know what happens to my body when I miss a meal or don’t eat what I should as per my food plan. I have learned that something I don’t eat today will make me feel hungry one or two days later. My analytical brain is able to discern why I feel hungry and not give in to the urge to eat.
I have learned never to let the thought of food get to my salivary glands, since when this happens it is very difficult to stop. I do this by saying Nooooooooooooooooo nonstop until the thought is out of my mind. Like short circuiting my brain.
I want to thank all of you who helped me get to this point in my life. Starting with Theresa who finally managed to convince me to get my body to Milestones. Everyone at Milestones I thank you all. B.M.
October 1, 2018
I hope you get a lot of emails thanking you for the work and advocacy you do. After I left Milestones, something clicked. It was time to open my eyes and take charge of my own life. Yes, this meant doing things that were very uncomfortable. Taking a good look at myself and distancing myself from family for some time, but it forced me to see things more clearly. It taught me to take care of myself. I look back at the person I was when I came to Milestones. I was afraid, terrified to try (or fail), immature, self-centered...self awareness was not my strongest asset!
I have done things I did not think were possible. First and foremost, kicking the eating disorder, falling in love, trusting another human being, becoming a mother, developing friendships and much more.
Nine years ago I never had enough hope to think I would be able to live a "normal" life. I thought I would always be a prisoner of my eating disorder. I am truly blessed and am so grateful to have met the Milestones staff. K.J.
December 27, 2016
A miracle...that is all I can say. Thank you all for your support, patience. and care of me. It is so wonderful to know that I am not alone and that others are there to walk this journey with me. I admire you and what you give to all of us suffering from this disease. I pray that one day I'll be able to give back. M
October 21, 2016
I have been a part of Milestones for about 12 years and there is no other program like it. Twelve years may sound like a lot of years, but there are not many facilities offering continual care when needed, with yearly recharges, retreats and alumni gatherings.
The current center is the best, with a beautiful lake view. I can never say enough about the Milestones program and yet with all the new changes, they are even better. I will always be grateful to Milestones for giving me back my life once again. P
S.W. September 29, 2016
I cannot thank you enough for the improvements I have seen in my daughter. Every day she seems to be getting a better grasp on her issues. Your program has not been "kind" to her ...you have seen and heard all the excuses she has told herself and us, and you have called her out on them-but she is healing. I am forever grateful. B
K.J. September 29, 2016
It is one month today since I left Milestones in tears! I was taken aback by how emotional I felt when leaving you all - somewhat embarrassed by how the tears seemed endless, yet I was deeply grateful. I have thought about that day so much since and it is clear to me now that it was immense gratitude that I was feeling rather than upset. My time at Milestones has been the most powerfully transformative experience of my life. It was gifted to me at a time when I was in utter despair. Never before had I experienced such hopelessness. I so desperately needed to have someone reach out and do for me what I could not do for myself. I have never been so overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of others.
You have given me my life back, of that I am certain. I know the future is bright, yet I am content not to rush into it, but to enjoy each and every day fully. For this I am deeply grateful to each and everyone of you. May life's bountiful blessing be yours. A D
C. September 29, 2016
I consider Milestones to be my second family and alternate home and appreciate more than words can describe the support I have received there. I don't know where I would be right now if I didn't stumble upon the Milestones website for the first time a little over nine years ago. It has felt like a long journey at times, yet is has been so worth it in the bigger picture. It has provided me what I had not received before in my life - the missing piece that somehow turned my life around and helped me recover and get well. For this I will be eternally grateful to all involved. PM
M. September 29, 2016
I think of you all at Milestones often, and not a day goes by that my heart does not give thanks for finding my way to your program. Thank you for the open arms in which you received me. I am forever grateful for the tools I learned there and I have continued my journey every day since.
I just passed one year and nine months of abstinence. There aren't words for what the program and people in it did for me - you can rest assured you have saved one life, and it is my desire to help save others. I see miracles every day now. KH
September 29, 2016
I just passed one year and nine months abstinence. There just aren't any words for what you, the program and the people at Milestones did for me. You can rest assured you have saved one life, and it is my desire to help save others. I see miracles everyday now...
K.H. September 29, 2016
I cannot express how far my life is now from what is was when we had our first conversation on the phone.
Needless to say, I am just so grateful for finding LIFE through Milestones. Not just a food plan or a "diet" that I was hoping I would get and lose some weight, not just recovery, not just serenity and peace of mind, but LIFE and meaningful relationships. I did not have any of this before I came to Milestones. I am so thankful for what you do and have done for me. I will keep you posted as time goes by, but so far the recovery ride has been great to me!! Thank you for helping me get my life back. A
September 29, 2016
It's been 11 years since I was in Milestones for treatment, but now I have a great new job and am off of disability. I had a lot of growing up to do while I was in treatment, but I know when I take action, trust in my higher power and follow my food plan amazing things happen in my life! DS
September 29, 2016
Just a note to let you know how impressed I was with your facility. I am proud to have been "one of your successes." Keep up the good work. RJ
September 29, 2016
One year ago yesterday I did the scariest thing I have done in my entire life. I walked into Milestones. It was also the best thing I have ever done. I never knew I could have the life I have today. I now eat to live, instead of living to eat. The freedom from obsessive thinking is amazing. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful place you have created. Every person I encountered at Milestones helped teach me something. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. KB
P.R. September 29, 2016