When I arrived at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, I was able to take a deep breath. I realized I had arrived at a safe place, and was able to begin building the foundation for an honest and genuine life. For the first time in years, I formed bonds, opened my heart, practiced emotional honesty, and felt empowered by the overwhelming love, support, guidance, and knowledge I received in return from the staff and women in treatment. I came to understand that I was not alone, nor should I have to be and suffer in silence. For the first time, I practiced boundaries, was listened to and heard, protected, and believed. The treatment team spent endless hours as we all collectively wove through my past that was haunting me and causing me pain. The team opened my eyes to see that just because I was hurt in the past, it did not mean I had to continue hurting. I finally and full-heartedly believed that I deserved to be happy.” —A.A.
I have a life! I actually have a life. That’s what I found at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. I came in desperate and lost. My eating disorder prevented me from managing and doing daily tasks. I did not know who I was upon arriving, but I found a group of people who believed in me and worked hard with me to fight my eating disorder. What truly impresses me is that at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, they know eating disorders are a result of a greater trauma or life experience. Therefore, not only do they tackle the eating disorder with vengeance, they also focus the therapy on the issues that led to the eating disorder. My eating disorder had been my secret for 17 years. Now, it is no longer a secret that strangles me; it is an obstacle I continue to work through by applying all that I have learned.” —C.G.
I thought that I was going to show up, eat some scary foods, gain some weight, and call it a day. The four months I spent in the comprehensive program untied my scared, underfed, demoted, submissive child, and liberated her. I went from a girl willing to sacrifice her health, quality of life, potential, and vitality…to a woman tasting her own power and breathing it in. I left with utmost respect for the role the eating disorder had played in my life, but no longer bowing to the false promises and certainty it brought me.
Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Vicki Kroviak have poured their heart and soul into creating a place of hope and healing. Thank you OPC, for loving me when I didn’t know what that meant, and holding me when I didn’t know how.” —L.M.
I almost gave up hope. Last May, before we even considered in-patient, a school psychologist said to me that I should know that recovery from an addiction of 12 years is almost impossible. Thanks to the wonderful workings of the Oliver-Pyatt Center and especially to the love of an amazing woman like you, [my daughter] is on her way. Healthy eating is only a small part of this. I always knew that the underlying issue [was her inability] to believe in herself. She is very aware of the effects she has on others now. Even you! You will always hold a very special place in her heart as well as mine. There are no words to express how much joy I feel right now. I have dreamed of this day for a long time...you have given our family eternal joy.” —S.L.
After battling ED for 20 years and several admissions at various treatment centers, I was skeptical at first about entering [another] treatment center, period. However, I decided to give OPC a chance because of the great recommendation I received. It turned out that OPC gave me more than what I expected. OPC and my hard work gave me my healthy life back—life without ED. I am now living life to the fullest and very happy because I learned at OPC to be flexible and take things as they come. I no longer use ED to deal with trauma, body image, self-esteem, triggers, family relationships—the list goes on. OPC taught me in a gentle way to know how to heal myself.
The program was tailored to fit my needs individually; no other treatment centers do this. Every staff member at OPC genuinely cared. I truly believe that OPC helped me change from an unhealthy and miserable person to a healthy and happy person, full of joy and hope for the unknown future. Thank you OPC for saving my life.” —N.J.
What I found at Oliver-Pyatt was an extraordinarily special and supportive system that allowed me to get my life back. I found that every member of the staff was unbelievably compassionate, insightful, understanding, patient, encouraging, and cared about me as an individual. Although I was initially frightened by the idea of having an individual therapy five times per week, my sessions turned out to be absolutely invaluable. I learned how to access and feel my emotions, how to be mindful and live in the present moment, and how to ask for, give, and receive help.
OPC’s mindful and intuitive approach to eating has allowed me to rediscover joy in eating, to trust my body, and to abandon the rigid rules that were squeezing the life out of me. I truly believe that OPC will serve as a launching pad to a life of recovery, joy, fulfillment, and self-compassion. Thank you OPC!!!” —A.M.
When I first stepped foot into OPC, I knew I was in good hands right off the bat. The whole entire staff is so generous and caring to each client. The recovery coaches go far and beyond to support each client. Therapists are chosen to clients based on the best fit. They are so down to earth and willing to do anything that is beneficial to their client.
What is so unique and awesome about OPC is that the program is personalized for each client. Furthermore, the staff became my family. My parents were thousands of miles away; however, I felt so comfortable and I was able to be myself at OPC. I gained my confidence, self-esteem, and trust back that had been gone for several years. It was enjoyable when we went on outings to the movies or a mall because we got to be stress-free and just relax. Moreover, the apartments were really nice. I am so grateful to OPC and the staff because they all helped save my life. Life is such a precious gift that should not be wasted on worrying what the next meal will be.” —L.S.
Thank you Oliver-Pyatt for saving my life and giving me the ability to start anew. This has been my home amidst the darkness for so long that now I no longer need your shining light. I have it within myself. And to anyone suffering like I have for so many relentless years with this monster, there is hope...and it is here.” —G.B.