If you’re looking for an honest review, here it is: the program is brutal. It is tough. It is in your face (and by ‘your’, I mean your eating disorder). If you’re here, reading treatment reviews, you’ve realized that you are no longer in control (although more honesty, even if you felt like you were in control, at some point, that’s your eating disorder lying to you). Eating disorders are sneaky and manipulative: they don’t need to be coddled, massaged, and “yoga’d” into submission. Other programs labeled me as chronic - one went so far as to tell me that I would never see the age of 30, and that I was hopeless. I believed they were correct. I had given up on myself. I begged the staff to leave me alone; to discharge me (I attempted to leave AMA at least five times). The difference? The staff didn’t give up on me - the harder that my eating disorder fought them, the harder that they fought FOR me ... the person they knew I was, beneath the angry and hateful shell of anorexia I had become. I have been in recovery for 5 years now, thanks to Dr. Guarda, Allisyn, and the staff of The Johns Hopkins’ Eating Disorders Program. In the past five years, I have graduated Summa Cum Laude with a second Bachelor’s degree in nursing, got married, have an amazing daughter, and another daughter on the way. My relationships with my family have been restored. I cannot speak highly enough about this program. Was it tough? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Without a doubt. I never want to go back, but I’m pretty sure that’s actually the point of treatment. It’s not supposed to be a vacation.