Life After Treatment at ACUTE

While ACUTE does not have traditional alumni programming, we do offer an After Care Program, which features a monthly eNewsletter, periodic mailings as well as a dedicated clinical resource for past patients, Sara Nieder, LCSW, After Care Clinician.  

Transitioning out of ACUTE and the ongoing recovery journey can be both exciting and challenging, and Sara is available to help you via post-discharge support and ongoing communication. Sara will follow up with you at regular intervals via phone and email.  During these communications, she will gather feedback about your treatment experience as well as your current recovery progress. She is also available to provide continued encouragement, support and resources if needed. Please contact Sara at any time to discuss your treatment experience and share successes, challenges and setbacks along your journey.  If at any time you no longer wish to receive this type of contact, just let Sara know and we’ll adjust our contact based on your wishes. 

Also, please let Sara know if you have a change in mailing address, email address or phone number to ensure that we have your current information on file.  

Email to update your information.

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    Sara Nieder, LCSW, CEDS Link

    Sara Nieder, LCSW, CEDS

    ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health
    Sara Nieder, LCSW received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2004. Since then, she has worked in ...
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I am honored to be a part of your journey forward. Please call or email me if you’d like to connect around any recovery topic. I am here for you, and always welcome an opportunity to chat or problem-solve.

Sara Nieder, LCSW, ACUTE After Care Clinician

Maintaining Hope and Navigating Challenges

If you are experiencing challenges and hardships in recovery, it can help to remember that this too shall pass, and lean on our skills in times of difficulty.  

  • Know yourself, and ask for help when you need it. Self-referral is supported and encouraged if you’re struggling with medical issues from eating disorder behaviors.  

  • Manage your anxiety. Even these simple PT exercises cab help relieve stress and tension to improve focus and clarity. 

  • Maintain structures in life and nurture consistent self-care. Remember these OT techniques to keep you feeling motivated and engaged in the things that matter to you, even if you still find yourself stuck at home and/or your routines haven’t yet returned to normal.  

Write Your Recovery Story

Share together in the achievements and the struggles of recovery.  

It may feel therapeutic to write your story down. Your story could be the inspiration or catalyst someone else needs to get well. Perhaps your story may provide motivation for someone to stay well on a difficult day in recovery. Your story will most certainly make the day of the ACUTE treatment team, who are always grateful to learn about the progress of patients with whom they’ve worked.  

We welcome your stories in whatever form feels authentic to you—written, poetry, video or another artistic medium. While we’re proud to showcase the powerful stories of our past patients, you can tell us if you’d like your story kept private or shared more widely.

Email to share your story.

Recovery Resource

Stories of Hope: A Patient’s Journey from the Rocky Mountains to the Himalayas 

A physical education teacher, living an adventurous, active life abroad. A terrible accident. A traumatic brain injury. Partial blindness. A debilitating eating disorder. An inspiring recovery story. 

Alumna Jill Wheatley climbed a mountain of adversity before finding recovery and her calling adventuring amid some of the world’s highest peaks. In this Facebook Live event, Jill joins Ellie Pike in conversation all the way from the Himalayas, where she has been exploring, skiing and ice climbing. Learn about her powerful and unique recovery story, and how Jill climbed the “mountains of her mind” with resilience, gratitude and humor.  

Hosted by Eating Recovery Center and partnering with ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, this Facebook Live event celebrates collaboration, healing and the spirit of adventure in all of us.  


ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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