"After spending so much time feeling alone in my trek through hell I was fortunate enough to find some relief. Sadly the relief I found was through someone else's pain. The brave woman to first file suit against The Castlewood Treatment Center. What strength it must have taken to come out and come forward. I latched onto her story and it helped begin some healing for me. Then others came forward. Most having missed the statute of limitation to file suit for this kind of malpractice. Then three more civil actions are announced. Reading these court papers and news articles I realized I was NOT alone. I now realize MANY people and families have suffered at the hands of the "therapists" of The Castlewood Center. While this does not lessen the pain I feel at the horrible and unjust loss of my own daughter, it gives me hope. We all share a common bond. We are all united by a singular agony. The common denominator in the destruction of all our lives is a horrible mountain dwelling called Castlewood Treatment Center, and the soulless entities who are employed there."
"My daughter was a patient at The Castlewood Treatment Center in 2005 & 2007. I have learned to trust my instincts and didn't like Mark Schwartz from the first time I met him. I told my daughter I had a bad feeling about him and to be careful. Of course she didn't listen to me and defends him to this day. However, we were there, supporting her, on a parent's weekend....in the room with all the other parents...sitting in a circle....when all of a sudden my daughter asked to speak. My husband and I were shocked when she started crying and screaming that we physically abused her as a child and she wanted us to "validate" that fact for her. Nothing could be further from the truth and we were not going to validate a lie. It was the most heart wrenching and humiliating experience of our lives. Mark Schwartz & his wife just sat there and let her rant. After what seemed like forever, they finally broke for lunch....my husband and I left...devastated. We never went back to that horrible place. When her 4 siblings heard what she did...she called them & tried to get them to "validate" the abuse.... they were livid and even though they have tried to convince her she was not abused.....she doesn't believe them and as a result, she won't speak to them and won't come to family functions anymore. She has missed so much over the years....weddings, graduations, funerals, Holidays etc. Sometimes she will talk to her dad & me, but we really have to watch what we say or it's the silent treatment again for months. She also believes that she was raped and sexually abused by some friend in her past, but won't say who. I guess we should be thankful she didn't accuse her dad, brothers or other family member of that!! That would have even been worse...."
"I am a new member to this Castlewood Treatment Center Victims Unite group and overwhelmingly grateful to whomever started it and the members who are brave enough to share. Three and 1/2 years ago, I was on vacation with my wife and infant son and from out of nowhere...I received a call from my parents telling me that we (my mother, father & I) were being accused of sexually molesting my first cousins (their nieces). I thought they were making some sort of insane joke. From that point, (and I'm sure many of you experienced the same thing) our lives have never been the same. It's completely destroyed our family, our family business, our ability to work without constantly researching this, sleep, function, love, trust, etc...I no longer speak with my Aunt & Uncle (the accusers parents) as they were entirely convinced that what Mark Schwartz and their daughters were saying is true. Has anyone had any experience like this?"
"Just want to put out there how hopeful I am that maybe something can finally be done to stop The Castlewood Treatment Center and Mark Schwartz from doing this to anyone else. When the first lawsuit was filed I felt overwhelmed with this feeling of "Oh my God this is real, this really did happen to someone else" My daughter experienced similar things staying at The Castlewood Treatment Center and I couldn't figure out how she could be making these wild accusations about family members and neighbors and abuse that just did not happen. Then I read the second lawsuit and my anger turned into rage, how could they actually be doing this to young innocent girls who were already fighting the fight of their lives to overcome an eating disorder? Now the third and fourth lawsuits and more and more people coming out telling their stories of families being destroyed just like mine was, daughters who had never once shown signs of abuse are actually believing the most awful things implanted in their heads by Mark Schwartz. In this day and age how could this actually be happening? People who have not lived through it just can't even comprehend it. To them it's not real, not possible, crazy talk. It is real!!! It is devastating to all who have had to endure and accept that something like this actually happened to their loved one. The pain and devastation is almost too much to read and absorb. Why? What could possible motivate someone to cause so much pain? I don't think I will ever understand it all, but I do know that reading and hearing all of the stories and accounts coming out from other victims has helped, helped me to know that I am not alone. I thank you all for your courage and hope that one day we will all find justice for our loved ones."