Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus.
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/clients/guests, 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, 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.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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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The Reality of Pain

Our imaginations are powerful.

Growing up, I could play for hours by myself: dressing up in my mom’s old clothes and venturing to magical worlds, writing stories about mythical times and places, or building “forts” with my brother or friends in the living room. Escape from the monotony of everyday life was a joy – play-time was a thing of excitement and enchantment.

rsz_pablo-varela-311608But then, we grow up. We experience pain, betrayal, a loss of innocence, and rejection. We take on the demands of an education, work, a family and other complex relationships. We pay fines and taxes, attend community meetings and do our best to become responsible members of society. Our imagination takes a backseat and duty takes the wheel. Couple this with the intrinsic and extrinsic pressure to be successful, and it is no wonder that so many people are burnt out. Exhausted. Done. It leaves us yearning for an escape, or something to numb us – a way out, either literally or figuratively.

Pain avoidance is a key component of many addictions, eating disorders and other co-occurring mental health issues. And why wouldn’t it be? Who likes to experience pain? It is a rare few who would choose it for its own sake. The weight of both responsibility and expectation can be too much to bear, and so to avoid pain and “check out” can often seem quite logical.

And adults have found a wide variety of ways to escape the pain of life’s harsh realities and transport themselves to another world. Instead of playing dress up, escape comes from a high provided by a substance, by food, sex, or inflicting self-harm. While the healthy-self reasons that in the long-term, these things provide much more pain than the momentary hurt they’re utilized to allay, during escapist episodes, that’s not the point. The point is to get away from the pain, now, no matter what. The imagination roams free in search of a vehicle to transport oneself away from the burden of reality. And there are increasingly dangerous ways to numb oneself to the present moment, potentially even to the point of death.

No matter how exciting or soothing the escape from momentary affliction may be, as anyone in recovery knows, the crash landing back into the real world is brutal. But one never remembers that when they’re numb. When the healthy self is back in the driver’s seat, it realizes how much worse the pain of coming back to earth is, when compared to the pain it sought to escape in the first place. Then the waves of guilt and shame come crashing to shore, which compound with the deeper hurts and feelings of worthlessness that preempted the episode. It is a vicious cycle of lies that can enslave the mind and body.

Change can start when it finally becomes clear that pain avoidance through substance abuse, disordered eating or other self-destructive behaviors only leads to more pain, not less. While the deeper underlying issues are always complex, on its face, the equation is simple. The only way to manage stress, pain, the wounds of trauma, grief or depression is to work through them, not escape from them. Freedom lies on the other side of learning to “sit” with difficult emotions. Healing comes through accepting and forgiveness – a hard look at the reality of what is, and choosing to find the good, the grace, the positive that can come from it. The lie of any addiction or eating disorder is that escaping the pain will bring release, when it only brings more pain. Breaking the cycle begins with accepting that pain cannot always be avoided and joy can come back by working through it.

As adults, we can utilize our imaginations to anesthetize – or we can use them to dream, to plan, to cast vision, to motivate. Our childlike fantasies once helped us to experience wonder and joy, and we can tap back in to that if we try. But as adults, our dreams can now do something they never could as children – empower us to change ourselves and the world around us – an option available to us as people with responsibilities, opportunities and families. Our imaginations are powerful, and can be used for tremendous good, but they only serve us when they provide more than an escape. Pain is real and a part of life – the only way to the other side is through it.

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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