Your Selah Experience

If you would like to talk to someone in person who has finished Selah’s Eating Disorder Treatment Program, call our office at 866-324-8081 and we will connect you.

Alanna

The staff at Selah were some of the kindest humans I have ever met! They genuinely care about you, make you feel at home, and make you feel so very loved! They gave me the chance to live my life to its fullest. They did an AMAZING job helping me cope with urges, dealing with my emotions, blocking out and understanding ED, and helping me realize that I am worth recovery. I could never thank these wonderful humans enough for all that they helped me with!!



Robert and Holly

Wow! What a wonderful experience to attend and participate in your family week with our daughter. Your program is awesome and we were very pleased to be included. Our daughter is in the right place!

After more than eleven years and five hospitalizations in four different venues, we feel very fortunate that our daughter is in Selah House. For the first time we are optimistic that she has a great opportunity for a bright future.

As you well know the stress on the family dynamics has been overwhelming these past eighteen months. After participating in your program last week we now have a much better insight into her disease process, our role and responsibility in dealing with it, and the foundation and purpose of your program.

After traveling more than one thousand miles and arriving at two-thirty am in Anderson, IN., we were definitely not ready for the challenge facing us. Upon entering the Selah House, meeting the staff and experiencing the warmth and love conveyed by all, the tone was set for our awesome experience. It is little wonder that our daughter has expressed her feeling of “security, home, family and being loved.” Your title “Selah House,” which translates from the Aramaic word means properly ‘at ease or at rest,’ conveying both the contentment and security connotes quite well what lies within the beautiful facility housing your program.

During our three-day visit we experienced the feeling that your staff had a true and genuine commitment that it was their MINISTRY to serve our daughter and lead her to the freedom of living as the rest of us have. We are truly blessed that she is under you care.

Each of you were very kind to us and very special to our daughter.

With great respect and deep appreciation,

Sincerely yours,
-Robert and Holly

P.S.  The unique and special aspect of the equine program provides an additional dimension to your outstanding facilities.



Dawn and Roger

Dear Selah House Staff,

Please allow me to extend my personal praise and gratitude to each and every one of you, as my daughter begins to find her path away from her eating disorder, and toward recovery, life and the light. I wanted to take the opportunity to provide this testimonial for families who may be considering this program.

Everyone at Selah will remember where our daughter was at the point of intake. She was angry, depressed and so sick that we worried she would not be alive long enough to enter Selah. It was no small task to convince her to enter treatment at all, but you walked with her patiently and courageously, to ensure that she arrived as scheduled to begin her program. You responded to my frequent frantic calls with compassion, and she checked in on my daughter regularly to be sure that she was alright. Finally the day arrived when it was time to enter the peace that Selah House can offer. I could not have been more grateful to turn her over to their care. Every day we were in fear for her life.

With our primary therapist and our family therapist, we journeyed together to renew family relationships that had withered under the oppression of ED. Family week was grueling, exhausting and liberating. Blame was removed and discovery began. I believe that this amazing staff has truly opened the door for my daughter to begin to live and explore life in the Grace of Jesus Christ – as she has never felt before. Last night I told my daughter that I had not felt so happy in a long time…and she agreed.

This recovery has taken us on many twists and turns as we discover who my daughter really is, behind the performance, the perfectionism, the masks and the dynamics of our family. Her journey forward will look different from what we had envisioned for her, but that is what has been so very exciting about this process. Finally, I feel as though my daughter is developing a vision for HERSELF. And we are able to enjoy her more fully as she more fully discovers her own gifts and talents and plans for life.

When we were first considering treatment, we were recommended first to another treatment facility, which just did not “feel” right to me, or to my daughter. Women with ED are broken and need spiritual support and encouragement. Very few treatment facilities in this country appropriately combine both the tools to support the soul and the heart, along with the medical and therapeutic programming that is needed to bring about the overwhelming changes that need to happen for recovery to begin. Selah House is everything that I had prayed for, and more. It is hard to believe that it is as close as Anderson, Indiana.

Other parents may have concerns about the “credentials” of the team members at Selah. This staff is first rate. All of the professional members of the staff have been treating eating disorders as qualified specialists for years. It is only the house that is new. The house, however, has been the dream of the founders and it serves as a life support for those of us who have family members who needed that level of support. A particular benefit of Selah House, as a Central Indiana parent, is that Selah and the Selah family will be close enough to give my beautiful daughter ongoing support as her recovery continues. Once a part of this amazing family, always a part of the family. With Selah, residential treatment can continue through both outpatient and aftercare programs. The ability to provide aftercare is key to ongoing recovery and freedom. This is a difficult disorder to conquer, and the path to recovery is sometimes long and crooked. Selah is uniquely able to support their patients all along that path.

I would be remiss to not thank the 24 hour hour support of all the ancillary members of this team, who will now be life-long friends of our family. All of the RCs, the dietitian, the nurse…just everyone. These people clearly love the Lord, love the girls, love their work. And we love them, too. And that doesn’t even include the amazing residents and their terrific families, who we have grown to love as well.

Some people may be concerned about the role of religion at Selah House. My daughter was raised in an evangelical Christian family, but she had felt disconnected from God as her disease held her in its grip. Selah House is not based in a particular faith, but God is very much present within its doors. The faith aspect of Selah is strong, and as my daughter looks back at her time there, I think she will tell you that it was a critical component of the “why she should get well” aspect of recovery. Without God it is hard to see your purpose in the world, and without purpose, it is hard to be willing to do the work that is necessary. For nearly any woman who enters Selah with a belief in a loving, creator God, the faith component will be a source of hope and strength.

Finally, I know that if you are reading this letter, you are feeling hopeless and anguished and lost….and you are looking at the Selah House web site wondering if this might be your answer. You see a lovely place that seems like it might be a place where you personally can go, or could send your hurting friend or loved one. Selah House is all of what you see, and so much more. I have never met a more committed and invested group of professionals anywhere. Selah House has been an answer to our prayers, and could be yours as well.

Sincerely,
Dawn and Roger



Pastor Ron

Pastor Testimonial

A young lady from our church was suffering from depression and an eating disorder. After checking several places she and her family decided to send her to Selah House. Knowing it was going to cost quite a bit they asked if our church could help them out. They would be glad to pay everything back over time. It was just that the need was immediate, but they certainly could not afford it up front. We wrote a letter and sent it to about 125 families in our church explaining the need to them. To keep the giving confidential, if someone chose to give, they sent the money to the man who is in charge of our charity fund and not myself. I was overwhelmed at the response! Some said they were in tears as they read the letter understanding it could easily be their daughter. Others gave, then told me they would be glad to give more. Some who did not receive a letter, also gave when they heard about it. Fortunately we met our goal with the first letter so we did not have to send out a second one. I do not know who gave and who did not, unless as I mentioned some told me they would be glad to give more. I do know that our response was well over 90%. Included in the letter was the parents’ desire to pay back each individual who gave. We offered that in the letter, but every single response was negative. Everyone wanted this as a charitable donation and none considered it a loan. If you know anyone in your church that is struggling with an eating disorder, you may be surprised at the financial support that is available if you just ask. We truly are a body and when one member suffers we all suffer. It is a joy to be able to help someone. As of now, the young lady has dramatically improved and has been home for a couple of months. There is ongoing counseling but with the stay at Selah House, the support of friends and the power of the Holy Spirit she is doing well.

~ Pastor Ron



Steph

Selah has fulfilled more emotions and needs than any binge, purge, or quick fix any diet pill could do for me!

I found a place where I could connect with the obstacles that were standing in the way of me being in control of my life.

“Team Selah” was a group of individuals that came together for me through nutrition, therapy, equine, dance, and spirituality that gave me a life altering experience to break free from ED.

The Journey to Recovery from ED…
S – Strength, Support, Spirituality
E – Eliminating the mask of your eating disorder
L – Love for you and life after ED
A – Affirmations for a healthier life
H – Health, Happiness, Hope

If you’re reading this then you need the help… Get it. Selah is the place to get your life back.

-Steph



Whitney

Upon entering Selah House I felt an immediate sense of security and love. The staff conveyed such love and empathy. They were truly there to make a difference and to launch me into the freedom to live life without an eating disorder.
Not only is the staff amazing; with their unconditional love and their ability to make you feel like family, but the equine experience provides an amazing component of the treatment program at Selah House. Never before could I have imagined how a connection with a horse could help lead me to get in touch with and understand my deepest emotions. There is a unique connection between working with a horse and identifying components of my eating disorder.

In closing, I should mention that the unique family program is outstanding. I have been in five different treatment facilities and have never experienced such intense and beneficial family work.

I am blessed to have gotten the opportunity to be at Selah House. For the first time I am confident that I can walk into freedom and have a bright future without an eating disorder.

With Deepest Love and Appreciation,

-Whitney



Kendra

Entering Selah House’s residential program has deeply changed my life. Throughout my 8-year struggle with ED, I never met one person who had or was struggling with an eating disorder. People kept telling me that tons of people struggle, yet no one was talking. I prayed God would bring one strong Christian woman, JUST one…into my life who would at least understand what I was dealing with. When I entered Selah, God not only gave me one woman who understood it, He gave me a rotating household of INCREDIBLE women who had walked the road I was walking, and had brought them through to the side of recovery. I have never felt such renewed hope than when I entered Selah House and was received with such genuine warmth and love. I knew then that God had brought me to Selah to finally heal.

I placed my trust in God and His ability to use the staff at Selah to make me whole, and I’m a free woman today because of their willingness to be used by God to heal me. I cannot thank them all enough for daily walking me through to recovery and teaching me to separate who I am from who ED is. I used to walk in shame, but now I walk in confidence. In John 10:10, Jesus says “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” I am finally living life to the full, thanks to the help of the loving and genuine staff at Selah House.
With loving gratitude,

-Kendra



Anonymous

Thank you, all of you, for your support and encouragement while I was in treatment and even now as I enter back into my life. I couldn’t have grown, matured, or overcome my struggles without each and everyone of your individual help and concern, as well as your thoughts! I hope the best for Selah in the future, because it is a great place where those who struggle really can find freedom! I would recommend Selah to anybody who is struggling with an eating disorder! Getting treatment was definitely worth it, and was one of the best choices that I have ever made!

-Anonymous



Melanie

Angels of Hope entered my life. Those Angels are the entire team here at the Selah House. For 18 years, I have been an abused victim of an eating disorder. That eating disorder stole my life as a friend, teacher, wife, mother, and person in general. Program after program, I searched for hope in terms of finally finding a road to recovery, painfully hitting pot after pot hole along the way. My road has been paved at least by the most incredible team of people I have ever known.
From the moment I entered treatment; I have been encouraged, nurtured, accepted, applauded, loved, and most of all challenged by people who believed that I could find recovery. The main therapist team were able to look me in the eye, and see when I was truly present myself or if it was the presence of my eating disorder. Each of these team members held my hand and lent me a shoulder to cry on as they walked me through the blackness of my past. They helped me thaw out in terms of being able to experience feelings and emotions that had been put away for many years.

Other wonderful aspects of the Selah program have been all the different therapy groups. Writing group helped me listen to music and connect to meaning of verbal sounds. Art therapy encouraged me to find the inner child that so longed to be unleashed. Dance and movement therapy helped me get in touch with my body by relaxing and listening to my inner beauty. Beading group allowed me to be creative and develop beautiful, expressive pieces of jewelry to wear with pride to celebrate my journey to recovery. Body image group helped me see just how much my eating disorder lies to me. I got to see how twisted my body image was through my eating disorders eyes and after 7 weeks to finally be able to see my body through the eyes God gave me. Nutrition group taught me the truth about eating for the nourishment of my body. Finally , the Selah group helped me open up my heart to the Lord.

In the beginning of recovery, I was angry with God and even doubted his existence. I continually thought that He was purposefully ignoring my cries for help and letting me suffer through years of pain and agony. Through the affirmations of many people, I was able to see God in a way that I need to see Him. One particular RC, helped me see God’s love all around me. His love has been with my every second of every day through the love of people around me, through the beauty of nature, and the guidance to the Selah House. I am so thankful for God’s blessings upon the Selah House. He has provided those of us with painful eating disorders the presence of His love here in this home.

I pray for each man or woman with an eating disorder to be guided as I was to the Selah House. I pray that you experience the hope I felt. The hope that freedom from an eating disorder can and will happen under the roof of the Selah House with God’s love upon us.

Selah has saved my life and helped me embrace the gifts God has granted me.

~ Melanie



Michelle

It has been one year since I commenced from Selah House. Though I have had some bumps in the road, I am pleased with where I am today. Words cannot express the gratitude I have to all involved in my recovery process. I know, at times, I did not make it easy. You are a gift from God to me on this earth. You believed in me when I did not. I trusted you when I could not trust myself. You took my hand when I did not know which way to go. I was loved by you when I believed I was unloveable. You guided me to where I am today.

Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do. I hope to continue to grow and make you proud. I hope to be to you, what you are to me, a true inspiration. I thank God for you and not only today, but everday of my life.

~ Love, Michelle