Recently, I read an article written by an extremely courageous former patient of Castlewood. Of course, it stirred up a lot in me. All those memories came flooding back, which wasn't fun. Mostly though, what it brought up in me was anger.
My experience with Castlewood and Mark Schwartz was brief, somewhere between two and three weeks (honestly I lost track of time), but it was long eno...
Throughout our time here at CVU we’ve been contacted by many parents asking about communication with their daughters while they’re undergoing “treatment” at Alsana/Castlewood. Usually, these queries are precipitated by a bad gut feeling they get while interacting with their daughter. In writing to, calling, or texting with their child some kind of parental “Spidey Sense” is triggered.
Eating disorders are a living hell. This disease will take everything from you-your potential, your friends, your education, your smile and your life. Families become desperate as they watch their loved ones wither away physically and mentally. My family’s desperation landed me at Castlewood in 2010.
I knew something was off immediately. First I met with the psychiatrist, Dr. J from Poland. After a 4 minute consult she put me on hefty doses of Valium, Ambien, and Seroquel. This medicat...
Lawsuits against treatment centers ordinarily must be filed in the state in which the treatment center operates. For example, Castlewood(1) operates in California, Alabama and Missouri. Therefore, depending on which treatment center you or your loved one attended, you would look to that state and its substantive law for recourse.
Let’s look at the State of Missouri as an example.
Missouri Statute, Section 516.105 provides:
All actions against physicians, hospitals, dentists, registered or...
Psychologist, Mark Schwartz and his wife Lori Galperin founded The Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri approximately sixteen (16) years ago. After building slowly, Castlewood hit one of the first private equity jackpots in 2008 when Trinity Hunt Partners, out of Dallas, acquired a majority ownership interest. Shortly thereafter, the problems began.