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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.

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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.

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.

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.

After 17 years of struggling with not just an ED, but also PTSD, depression, and a neurological disorder, OPC was the first time I’d had the opportunity to get the level of care I needed. After years of isolation I was left in the care of people I hadn’t met, in a city I didn’t know, 24/7. I was terrified, exhausted, and paranoid.

At 35 years old, I left OPC having met myself for the first time ever. The relief in knowing I wasn’t a horrible, weak, and worthless person just taking up space in the world allowed a freedom I could only have known through this experience. The [unconditional nature] of the staff and OPC environment were like nothing I’d been exposed to before, and was one of the most refreshing realities I took away with me. Words will never express my gratitude for OPC’s willingness to help me, their ability to help me, and the joy they shared in helping me.” —V.S.

I had this huge desire to tell you how well my daughter is doing. Myself and family feel truly blessed. This time last year we weren’t sure of her future, or if she even had one, and I personally was dying inside. Thanks to your intervention and your treatment center in Florida, she is one happy and healthy young lady. She came back home with the desire to get better. It has of course been a work in progress, but with the tools given her at Oliver-Pyatt and weekly therapy here, she continues to embrace life.

Wendy, my daughter is a true testament to the recovery process through Oliver-Pyatt Centers. We honestly couldn’t have done it without you! Myself and family thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” —E.J.

Recovering from my eating disorder has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever faced. I’m glad that I was able to go through the first stages of recovery with constant support—I couldn’t have done any of this on my own, and I definitely wouldn’t have received the same respect and compassion at another treatment facility. At Oliver-Pyatt, I was treated like a person, not a patient, a fact for which I am very grateful. I’m so thankful for the efforts of my therapist and the rest of the staff, and I know they will be in my thoughts as I continue to explore life without my eating disorder.” —R.K.

I feel like I was living in the dark with demons and bad things now I see angels everywhere. I changed how I perceive myself through learning, understanding, and forgiveness. I am saying goodbye ED. It wasn’t a pleasure to meet you and I am just letting you go. You are not part of my life anymore. I feel free, I feel good! The only good thing I got from you was the Oliver-Pyatt Center and I am thankful for THAT.” —M.G.

Coming here was the most profound and best thing I have ever done. For years I had been kept prisoner to my eating disorder, a constant loom of rigidity, isolation, malnourishment, depression, and shamefulness. I walked in through the doors frightened and unsure of myself. I now am an empowered woman excited for the life ahead of me. From my very first moment, I was shown genuine love and support from everyone. There was immediate understanding and realization that I wasn’t alone. It was a place where I felt safe to begin the road of recovery. Each individual at OPC has inspired me. I have learned to accept who I am, nourish my body, assert my needs, set boundaries, and know that I deserve to be happy and loved. The connections I have made with all of the women will always be in my heart. I can never thank you enough.” —A.R.

There is nothing I could write or say that could ever truly express the amazingness of OPC. After 6 months of hard work, good days and bad, happy times and sad, I am renewed, restored, and re-alive. OPC became my home, with the staff & patients becoming my family. The love, care, and support within the walls of the Oliver-Pyatt Center is so enormous and powerful that recovery is possible. As long as one is willing to do the work, I would say OPC is the perfect (Yes, Perfect!) place to do it. I will forever have a place in my heart for my OPC family. —K.L.

Everyone at Oliver-Pyatt Centers played a part in my recovery. From my therapist who made it her mission for me to feel my feelings, to the Recovery Coaches who were there with encouraging words after a hard meal. The entire staff at OPC and the wonderful girls I’ve met there have made my journey to recovery possible.” —Anonymous

Coming to treatment was the hardest yet most worthwhile thing I have ever done. All of the staff here—the therapist, recovery coaches, doctors (“the treatment team”) and most importantly the patients are a great support system. No matter how much you try to resist treatment, they will never give up on you, and that is a good thing once you’re in the place to realize it. I don’t want to leave to go home because this center is so special & the people are more than special. I’m happy that I am ready to step out into the real world, but I’m going to miss this place and the mountains of hope here.” —ARC

OPC has truly been the best decision I have made. Upon first arriving, I was convinced I didn’t need recovery. Today, I am leaving fully determined to keep fighting. I feel like a new person. The staff provides such comfort and support. More than anything, the relationships built provide for a lifetime network of love & support. Without OPC, I would be in a much different place.” —A.P.

I have never felt more cared for and safe in my life. The staff are without question the greatest OPC asset. I felt like every experience, positive or negative, served to teach me something that I needed to learn to move forward in my recovery! —Anonymous

“I am so grateful to OPC and the Embrace program. I can’t think of where I would have been by now without this program. I have learned so much and changed so much. I have hope and joy and belief that my next 40 years will be so much better and happier than any of my last 45. My family and I could not be more grateful.” —Anonymous

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.

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.

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.

As I left OPC, I felt grateful for all the support and guidance I had received during my four-month stay. However, it was not until I arrived home and started to reconnect with my ‘real’ life that I was able to truly gauge how much investing four months at OPC has positively impacted me. In my two weeks since I got back, I have been able to do many of the things I hadn’t been able to do during the almost ten years that I was haunted by my eating disorder. OPC gave me the tools to let go of my rigidness, to be able to go out to dinner with my friends, to get the energy to go on hikes and enjoy nature, to be able to engage in conversation during dinner, to be able to stay out late if the occasion is right, to be able to accept unexpected plans, to try my mother’s special cookies, and to enjoy spending time with my dog even if he’s trying to get at my food. OPC taught me how to start living again, how to confront my problems in a healthy way, and how to accept my mistakes, as well as my accomplishments. OPC did not change my life, it helped me get it back.” —R.O.

Thank you all so much! I’m so incredibly grateful to have met you all and had this wonderful experience. I’ll remember it forever. OPC has been life-changing. It’s hard to think of how I was when I first got here 7 weeks ago. I was SO sad. I look at all of the progress I’ve made here and I’m amazed. I’ve learned so much about myself, other people, and how great connecting with people is. It’s so vital to my well-being but I never knew how to connect before. You have all been absolutely wonderful to me and I’ll never forget you and OPC.” —Anonymous

Throughout my time at OPC, I have met the most inspirational mentors, the most wonderful therapists and professionals, and some incredibly determined and intelligent women who anyone would be lucky to meet. I had never been in residential treatment before so I didn’t really have any real expectations. I arrived scared, destroyed, inward and alone, but I am leaving with hope, knowledge, acceptance, and the support and love of my friends and family. I could never thank the women of OPC enough—you have changed my life and pulled me to safety and I will never, ever forget you.” —Anonymous

During my four months here, I have proven to myself that I can and will live a life of recovery, continuing to be an intuitive eater for the rest of my life. My therapist, my nutritionist, and the clinical director guided me with loving hands towards my goals and helped me mature into the person I am today. There are no words to describe the work I did here. It is something I never thought I could possibly achieve and I did it. I am so proud of myself and I am so thankful to everyone that helped me along the way.” —J.W.

It has been one year since I left treatment, and since then my life has been better than anything OPC could have planned for me. While in treatment I re-learned how to live life, and now that I am out, I am loving and living every minute of it. I’ll be the first to admit that life outside these walls has had its difficult moments, but the fun times, love, and laughter that I share with my friends have definitely outweighed the hardships. Treatment is not a piece of cake (no pun intended) but making it through to the end is one of my greatest accomplishments in life. This accomplishment is not a plaque hanging on my wall, a bullet point on my resume, or something to brag about at a dinner party, but more of an inner joy that no one can appreciate but me. I remember how difficult it was to surrender my eating disorder, but through all the tears, fights, and anger, I came out a more beautiful and stronger woman. OPC has given me my sense of peace, relaxation and joy back; feelings that are so vital in someone’s life, but are also so easily lost in our hectic lives.” —S.D.

I found Oliver-Pyatt Centers when I was on the verge of losing myself completely. I entered the Intensive Outpatient Program confused and searching for meaning. Throughout my nearly six months in the program, I was able to find my self-worth, and establish pride in the person I am.

They examine every angle of the eating disorder and its effects, yet they never lose sight of you as a person. They understand the struggle that we face and leave the judgments of society outside of their walls. They allow you to find strength within yourself and give you the clarity to know that you deserve it. Oliver-Pyatt Centers has given me the gift of belief…in myself and in recovery. —J.V.

It was in the IOP program that I was able to get reacquainted with myself, the person that I lost in the midst of an overpowering disease, and see that I was capable of living without my toxic coping mechanism. IOP is the perfect balance of safe but challenging, being honest yet kind, and receiving treatment while living life. When I first entered treatment I saw it as a weakness; looking back I see the strength it took to surrender myself to the program and trust those around me, and it is a gamble that has paid off! The relationships that I developed with my therapist and recovery coaches is something that has inspired me to be vulnerable, real, and live in the moment. It is through these relationships that I am able to be open and honest with my family and friends outside of treatment. Ultimately I would like to thank OPC for giving me the gift of freedom; the freedom to be who I am and reach my maximum potential.” —S.P.

Before I came to OPC I was a walking disaster. I had lost myself and there was nothing anyone could do to help me. I felt as though I had no hope. As soon as I walked through the doors of OPC I was greeted with loving, caring, smiling faces, and people who truly wanted to see me through my recovery. Every single person at OPC met my individual needs, and was more than happy to lend a helping hand throughout my stay. I couldn’t have asked for a better treatment team. I have a long life ahead of me thanks to OPC, and most importantly I am ED free. They saved my life, and I don’t think I could ever thank them enough or find the right words to do so. I am whole again and that is a beautiful thing.” —R.H.

I have been fortunate to work with some excellent providers in the past but never with the intensity of the OPC treatment program. I love the intuitive eating model—it just makes sense and has been so effective in my time here! After 25 years of bingeing and even more years of emotional eating, I finally feel like recovery is possible. —Anonymous

“I loved so many of the groups—DBT, psychology of movement, shame resilience, relapse prevention, families and relationships, dance therapy! I thought the discussions were incredibly relevant and thought-provoking and working in such small groups allowed us all to have adequate time to apply the issues raised to our own experience.” —Anonymous

“I have learned to eat mindfully and am able to notice and respond to my fullness cues. I am more successful at being able to use coping strategies. I feel worthy.” —Anonymous

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