If you or someone you know is struggling with eating and body issues, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. Unfortunately quality eating disorder treatment has been more difficult to find as corporations continue to take over facilities. The cost is high (approximately $1000-1500/day), but the results can be variable.
Depending on the severity of the disease, different levels of care are indicated. If someone needs support around the clock, this calls for a residential level of care--24 hours a day. This is necessary for many who struggle with night eating syndrome, purging, excessive exercise, as well as other issues. The only level of care higher is hospitalization, which may be indicated if the individual is not medically stable or requires a tube feeding, etc.
There are also daytime programs available for those who are stable enough to return home at the end of the treatment day. The programs and groups may be similar at this level to those provided at the residential level of care. This type of program ranges from 5 to 10 hours a day, depending on need and/or the facility.
The bridge from these higher levels to outpatient is typically the 'intensive outpatient' program. This is usually a few days a week for a few hours. It is often offered in the evening, which allows the individual to continue to maintain school or work responsibilities if needed or able.
Outpatient treatment typically consists of weekly visits with a counselor and a dietitian. This can be needed for as little as 6 months (uncommon) to as long as 7-10 years (the standard length of time to fully recover from a severe eating disorder). Most often treatment of some kind spans from 1 to 3 years, with visits becoming less frequent as conditions improve.
Contact us with any questions about eating and mental health issues. You or someone you know may be in need of outpatient eating disorder treatment.
Jennifer Pereira LPC, RD - Counselor & Dietitian
1. Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?
2. Do you make yourself sick (or use laxatives/exercise) if you feel uncomfortably full?
3. Do you currently suffer with or suffered in the past with eating issues?
4. Do you ever eat in secret?
5. Does your weight affect how you feel about yourself?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are not satisfied with your current eating patterns, contact us for more information.