Eating Disorder: noun: A preoccupation with food, weight and body image that negatively impacts quality of life. A feeling of loss of control around food, including compulsive eating habits, exercise, food restriction, fasting or purging. These behaviors can become driven in ways that appear similar to an addiction.
Whether you’re researching, treating, or currently diagnosed with the condition – we know as experts in the field that this definition barely skims the complexity of eating disorders and what they entail. Approximately 24 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Moreover, eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid addiction, resulting in approximately 10,200 deaths each year. They can affect people of all genders and ages with many starting down this difficult path in their teenage years.
Eating disorders entail patterns of struggle and suffering which inflict loss of all kinds.
Loss of time. Loss of motivation. Loss of weight. Loss of self-love. Loss of energy. Loss of friends, families, and jobs.
They can also increase detrimental emotions and behaviors in daily life.
Increase in eating. Increase in anxiety. Increase in trauma-related conditions. Increase in worry. Increase in self-loathing.
If any of these patterns seem familiar, you or a loved one may have developed an eating disorder – but receiving help and achieving recovery are more than possible. If you are concerned about someone or believe that your eating habits and body image are not what they should be, the proven and effective eating disorder treatment options at Eating Disorder Solutions can help you regain the healthy, happy, and rewarding life that you have always deserved. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
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Our Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment
Before you begin treatment, you’ll take part in our intake process – but you won’t go through it alone. Treatment can be intimidating, especially when you’re taking the first step. We’ll make sure you have an intake specialist walking you through the beginning stages, helping you feel much more comfortable with the unknowns. These stages include a series of questions analyzing your medical history, a confidential interview, and a physical exam – to better understand the current state of your medical health.
Once you begin treatment, we’ll introduce you to your treatment team, the group of individuals who will talk with you, care for you, and provide you with the best strategies, therapies, and treatment for a better, healthier life – one without an eating disorder.
We understand that the feelings you are currently dealing with are very difficult and incredibly personal. You need a customized plan that focuses on who you are, what you deal with every day, how your eating disorder is affecting your relationships, work and much more. That is why every eating disorder treatment that we offer here is individualized to each of our client’s needs.
At Eating Disorder Solutions, we will never try to put you into a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, you will always feel heard and understood by our team of health care practitioners. Our goal is to treat you with respect and compassion so that you can excel in your eating disorder recovery.
Comprehensive care is provided by a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to meet each individual’s unique needs, communicating and adjusting as progress is made during treatment. Our professional team is made up of a wide array of highly trained health care practitioners to help you with the psychological, physical, and dietary aspects of your recovery.
Clients meet with our psychiatrist and physician upon admission and weekly for residential and PHP levels of care.
Clients meet with our psychiatrist and physician upon admission and weekly for residential and PHP levels of care.
Onsite 24/7 at the residential level of care monitoring health, nutritional status, electrolyte balance, weight, and activity, while keeping watch over diuretic/laxative use.
Registered and licensed dietician
Sees clients weekly at all levels of care, creating a customized meal plan tailored to individual needs and adjusting as necessary while treatment progresses.
Masters level therapists
Meet with clients twice per week at the residential and PHP levels of care, followed by once per week at the IOP level of care. This includes a combination of individual and family therapy to ensure clients also have a strong support system.
Provide ongoing support and guidance, encouraging clients to take critical recovery steps, reassuring them they will be ok, and role modeling appropriate behavior.
You can rest assured that we will be with you throughout your entire journey.
Whether you choose us for our personalized eating disorder treatment options, our licensed therapists, our small treatment populations or our wide array of counseling and therapy solutions, you will know that you are safe, accepted, and prioritized every step of the way.
Our Treatment Goals For You:
By the end of your treatment plan, you will be prepared to walk out of our doors with confidence. Your goals are attainable, and we’re here to help you reach them. To name only some of the benefits of completing treatment:
- You will be able to create a positive relationship with yourself, your body, and food.
- You will be able to use coping skills outside of treatment to calm yourself when feeling overwhelmed.
- You will be able to adjust to living without eating disorders beyond the safety of our walls.
- You will learn skills that help you change negative emotions and thoughts about yourself or situations.
- You will find self-love and continue believing in your self-worth and self-recovery.
- You will have built a strong foundation for your recovery process during and after leaving Eating Disorder Solutions.
- You will be able to develop loving, honest, and supportive relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and your support system here at Eating Disorder Solutions.
If after treatment completion you feel like you are still in need of additional care, we’ll support you. Once you come here – you’re a part of our family. We’ll check in with you after:
- 30 days
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year post treatment & then every year after that
If you’re seeing or feeling signs of a relapse, we will help. Whether it’s additional treatment with us or getting you connected with other forms of support, we are here.
Our Guarantee to You: After completing 75 consecutive days of treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions, if you experience a significant setback, you can receive an additional 75 consecutive days of treatment at zero cost to you. Learn more about our 75+75 Treatment Guarantee.
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Levels of Care for Eating Disorder Treatment
The key to success with eating disorder treatment is to focus on long-term recovery. Our full continuum of care sets us apart both locally and nationally because we provide person-focused, comprehensive treatment programs that empower our clients for lifelong recovery. We’re here for you whenever you need us, no matter where you call home.
Many of our clients begin with residential eating disorder treatment, especially if they have moderate to severe symptoms. Lasting approximately 30-60 days, residential treatment provides round the clock care in a safe, supportive environment free of daily stressors. The focus of residential treatment is to work on mental and physical stability in order to lay a strong foundation that enables clients to progress in recovery.
- Complete assessment of your physical and mental health so that we can create the best care plan together.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks provided by onsite chef daily.
- Nurses and recovery coaches are onsite 24 hours a day to monitor health and provide guidance.
- Meetings with our psychiatrist and physician weekly, as well as our registered and licensed dietitian.
- Masters level therapists are seen twice weekly for individual and family therapy.
- You will be in a controlled, safe environment and won’t be faced with typical daily stressors.
- You will have a great deal of support from our health care practitioners as well as from other clients.
- You will be completely safe and prioritized, and someone will be able to carefully and skillfully monitor your health as you recover.
For patients who do not require residential treatment, we offer partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Both of these treatment levels offer the same compassionate care as residential programs while allowing you to return home in the evenings. This offers the flexibility to continue tending to other responsibilities and obligations.
Partial Hospitalization Program:
- Offered five days per week.
- Five hours of individual, group, family and nutrition counseling each day.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks provided by on-site chef daily.
- Includes medical assessments, a variety of therapy sessions and nutrition education.
- You will begin to address the underlying stressors and triggers that led to your eating disorder.
- You will begin building skills for stress tolerance and emotional regulation – things that will help you handle daily life outside of our recovery center.
Intensive Outpatient Program:
- Group supported meals.
- Offered three to five days per week.
- Two group therapy sessions per day, plus weekly sessions with our registered and licensed dietitian and masters level therapists.
- Begin shifting the majority of your time back to your life outside treatment.
- A flexible schedule allows you to spend time with family and friends, work part time or go to school.
- You will begin applying newly developed coping and life skills in real-world situations with continued guidance from our team of specialists.
Eating Disorder Treatment Modalities
Your initial care plan will include individualized recommendations to provide you with the best eating disorder treatment options for your unique needs. Our dedicated clinical team will consider your diagnosis, symptoms and any co-occurring diagnoses when choosing from the following treatment types.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of psychotherapy helps you recognize your negative thought patterns and to find ways to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. It may include talk therapy or even exposure therapy to help individuals learn to cope in their everyday lives.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Also focuses on the negative emotions that you may feel especially if these emotions result in unhealthy physical behaviors. Individuals learn how to be mindful and how to control their emotions even when they are stressed.
- Nutritional Therapy: A registered dietitian will help you craft meal plans that fully meet your nutritional needs while also teaching you how to build healthy relationships with food.
- Individual Therapy: You will be able to meet with a therapist one-on-one to discuss personal concerns.
- Group Therapy: Numerous individuals facing the same struggles will learn coping mechanisms and provide empathetic support to each other during group sessions.
- Family Therapy: Helps loved ones understand more about your diagnosis so that they have a strong support system after residential treatments.
- Support Groups: These groups help you remain healthy even after you have left residential treatment, and they provide a place for family members to be heard.
- Spiritual Therapy: This therapy addresses the spiritual components of emotions and health and acknowledges your religious beliefs.
- Expressive Arts: Expressive art lets you get your feelings out or tell your stories through painting, sculpting, drawing or other artistic techniques.
- Holistic Wellness: Includes offsite equine therapy, nature trails, journaling, utilizing music in expressive themes, mindfulness and meditation, and yoga.
- Activities: Depending on location, we have a range of activities that include visits to downtown Weatherford, Clyde Warren Park, Bishop Arts District, zoo, botanical gardens and local festivals.
Everything we do is through a trauma informed lens, because trauma is frequently an underlying condition of eating disorders. We identify where someone is in dealing with their trauma, and everything is your choice when it comes to your body. You have a voice and autonomy.
In addition to trauma, we treat co-occurring disorders including:
- Personality disorder
We also assess for substance use disorder, and can coordinate detox if necessary through our partner facility Discovery Point Retreat.
Eating Disorders We Treat
At Eating Disorder Solutions, we treat a wide array of eating disorders from the more common problems to the lesser-known ones. All of our eating disorder treatment plans are designed to get to the heart of the problem and to treat the mental and emotional issues present which may be causing dangerous and destructive physical behaviors.
- Anorexia nervosa
A common type of eating disorder which presents as symptoms of poor body image, resulting in restrictive eating leading to low body weight. Left untreated, anorexia leads to incredible damage to almost every body system and can even lead to death. However, anorexia treatment helps clients discover healthier ways of looking at their bodies while also improving their health through good nutrition.
- Bulimia nervosaLike anorexia, bulimia also involves a lack of positive body image, but results in binging and purging cycles. Individuals may over-exercise, use laxatives, fast obsessively or even choose self-induced vomiting to get rid of their food and feel better about themselves again. Treatment for bulimia must focus on the underlying mental causes for the disorder while teaching clients about well-balanced meals and healthy exercise patterns.
- Binge eating
Similar to bulimia, binge eating disorder involves the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, often accompanied by feelings of a lack of control, shame, or embarrassment. Binges may involve eating beyond the point of discomfort and can cause extreme emotional distress. However, this condition is distinct from bulimia in that it does not involve purging behaviors after a period of excessive eating.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder is an eating disorder in which the body is denied the nutrients that it needs to function properly. As a result, all bodily functions slow down in order to conserve energy and can lead to serious medical problems. Compared to other eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) doesn’t involve a desire to improve body image or lose weight. Individuals with this condition don’t follow eating rituals for any reason. Instead, they feel the need to avoid or restrict specific foods or all foods to the point that it damages their health. Some individuals don’t eat foods of certain colors, textures or types because they relate them to traumatic incidents. For others, ARFID involves the eating process in general.
Other specified eating disorder, also known as OSFED, is an eating disorder in which individuals may have symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, but the symptoms blur the lines between all three, and do not fit neatly into one diagnostic category. OSFED is much more common than you may think. In fact, this disorder accounts for up to 50% of all eating disorder cases. Because of the severity of other specified eating disorders, treatment is crucial. OSFED may progress to anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder if left untreated.
Of course, we also offer treatments for a wide range of other disordered eating and body image concerns, including the following:
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Compulsive Overeating
- Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Co-Occurring Disorders & Eating Disorders
In many instances, those who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, ARFID, and OSFED also suffer from a co-occurring disorder or addiction. From co-morbid mood disorders to drug addictions, the types of co-occurring disorders vary. These co-occurring disorders can make an eating disorder harder to monitor and control, increasing the severity and worsening the symptoms.
Start Your Recovery Today
When you choose to be treated at Eating Disorder Solutions, you will not only get better, but you’ll stay better. Recovery is 100% possible here. You will benefit from our client-centric treatment in a homelike environment, our ability to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and the dedicated, experienced staff practicing at our facility. No matter where you are in your journey, we can help you connect to yourself and your goals again. Shame, worry, and embarrassment don’t sit at our table. But you do. Don’t delay care any longer. Choose Eating Disorder Solutions, and get the help that you or a loved one needs right now. Contact us online today or call 855-808-4213.