Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Revisiting Acceptance

There was a time in my life, after my recovery, when I was in a position in which very little about my role, my life, where I would be traveling the next day, and who I spent time with was under my control.  

The job of Miss America may seem very glamorous and exciting, but being on the road most days of the year — without the normalcy of things like driving your own car, picking up groceries, or visiting with family and friends — was disorienting. While there were many highlights, there were also low periods throughout that year where I yearned for connection with someone I had known longer than the five minutes after meeting them at an event. I wanted to sleep in my own bed, eat a home-cooked meal, and spend one day wearing something other than high heels.  

In many ways, it was wonderful. But in so many others, it was overwhelming. There was a constant pressure to be “on,” and in some impossible way meet everyone’s expectation of what Miss America should act like, speak like, dress like, and look like. 

But during that year, someone passed along incredible words of wisdom that really helped me on dark days: “Accept every situation as if you had chosen it.”  

Upon reflection, I’ve learned that when I feel frustrated, anxious, or agitated about something, it’s usually because some element of the situation is either not in my control or not meeting my expectations. It’s easy to let negative emotions gain a foothold when observing the situation from the perspective of, “if only this had happened instead,” or, “if I were in charge,” or, “things shouldn’t be this way; they should be THIS way.”  

When I started to introduce this phrase into my thinking, I noticed an immediate shift in my inner attitude, which leme to change my words, actions, and body posture. Acceptance is a wonderful trait to cultivate, but I find that sometimes it’s interpreted or explained in a way that is too passive.  

Acceptance isn’t reluctance, or a shrug of the shoulders in defeat — it’s an action. It’s a decision to treat the current situation, circumstance, or reality as if it’s one you have chosen. It’s taking the power back rather than letting the world happen to us. Instead of allowing for frustration, agitation, or confusion, it’s stepping forward and choosing to face hard realities with courage and action. You can only change a situation and release its hold over your emotions when you actively accept it. That’s when you take the power back.  

Now, it would be natural here to thinkShould I accept this pandemic as if I had chosen it? Seriously?” No one would choose to have a health crisis afflict millions across the globe, throw millions more into unemployment and job insecurity, and create lockdowns that separate loved ones and produce a mental health crisis. No one would choose that.  

But I would argue that, wherever we are — in treatment, sheltering in place, working from home, or adjusting to a new reality  we accept our personal situations in an active, positive way rather than with reluctance and fear. Across the world, we’re all facing similar circumstances, lockdowns, and uncertainty.  

 Passive acceptance leads to more fear and emotionally shrinking from the momentActive acceptance allows you to meet the uncertainty headon and say, “I am not afraid.” Active acceptance says, “If this is my new reality, I’m going to put new boundaries and guidelines in place to maintain recovery.” Active acceptance is staying in touch or getting back in touch with your treatment team, reaching out for help when you need it, creating a new routine, and following meal plan. Acceptance must be followed by adjustment.  

 Accept this moment as if you chose it. Choose how you will frame this current phase of your life in your mind: as one of opportunity, beauty, and newfound strength.  

About Kirsten Haglund

“Since my own recovery, I am passionate about educating and empowering women to get the care they need to live amazing, productive and healthy lives,” said Haglund. “I see the same compassion and desire in the Timberline Knolls team and look forward to being a part of this work of restoring women to health.”

Haglund will continue to work as an advocate for greater awareness of eating disorders and resources for care. Since she won the crown of Miss America 2008, she has spoken on more than 20 college campuses, worked with youth and church groups domestically and abroad, lobbied Congress with the Eating Disorders Coalition, and started her own non-profit, the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, to raise funds and assist families financially in seeking treatment for eating disorders.

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