Leading Eating Disorder Treatment Program

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The eating disorder treatment program at The Refuge provides clients with a variety of therapies and unique treatment interventions that set the stage for a life of recovery.

Why Choose The Refuge, A Healing Place for Eating Disorder Treatment

Learn how our residential treatment center assists those suffering from eating disorders

At The Refuge, we understand that those who are struggling with eating disorders often require a specialized approach to treatment. At our residential treatment center, you will receive the individualized care you need to begin healing from the concerns you are facing. We offer comprehensive assessments to determine the specific type of eating disorder you are suffering from, evaluate your symptoms, and identify the presence of any co-occurring disorders. These assessments will guide the development of your customized eating disorder treatment plan and set the stage for your recovery. Person-centered care is a driving force behind all of our treatment planning for eating disorders, as well as the way in which we deliver those services. We encourage each client to explore their strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences in order to heal and recover from bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, orthorexia, or any other eating disorder concerns.

Eating Disorder Treatment Options at The Refuge, A Healing Place

Explore your eating disorder treatment options

In order to provide truly person-centered care, the staff at our treatment center makes every effort to ensure that all of your individual needs are addressed. All of the interventions used during your time at our treatment center will be customized based on your needs, and may include the following:

  • Clients may receive medication management services when necessary to alleviate certain symptoms. All decisions regarding medication usage will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • We provide clients with individual therapy sessions as part of their eating disorder treatment so that they have a confidential space to process their concerns, review what they are learning in treatment, and celebrate their successes.
  • Group therapy is the most prominent therapeutic method used at our treatment center. Group therapy sessions allow clients who may be struggling with similar concerns to encourage and support one another.
  • When appropriate, we provide family therapy sessions so that a client’s loved ones can engage in their healing process. These sessions also benefit loved ones by giving them the chance to discuss how the client’s eating disorder has affected them and their family unit.
  • We have found that incorporating experiential treatment opportunities into our clients’ care plans is of great benefit. At our eating disorder treatment center, clients can engage in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acupuncture, yoga, meditation, somatic experiencing, reiki, massages, breath work, adventure therapy, art therapy, and equine therapy. Clients are also able to participate in A.A. and N.A. meetings when appropriate.

Admissions into Eating Disorder Treatment at The Refuge

Understand the admissions process for treatment for eating disorders at The Refuge, A Healing Place

At our treatment center, we aim to make the admissions process as smooth and seamless as possible. We recognize that making the decision to receive treatment for an eating disorder is a monumental step that requires extreme courage. For this reason, we want to eliminate any anxiety or stress around the process of admitting into our residential treatment program.

We are a gender-inclusive residential treatment center. We provide eating disorder treatment for adults age 18 and older. We specialize in providing care for cisgender men and women, gender non-conforming individuals, and LGBTQIA-identifying clients.

Admissions criteria and exclusionary criteria

The criteria for admissions into eating disorder treatment at our center includes the following:

  • Clients must be age 18 or older.
  • Clients must have a BMI of 16 or higher.
  • Current labs and EKGs taken within two weeks of admission must be in a normal range.
  • Clients must be medically stable and able to feed themselves without medical intervention.
  • Clients must be able to perform and manage basic independent living skills.

The Refuge is unable to provide eating disorder treatment for individuals who meet the following exclusionary criteria:

  • Have physical limitations that would inhibit their treatment
  • Are medically compromised
  • Are actively suicidal or homicidal
  • Require a feeding tube
  • Have a BMI of under 16
  • Are a registered sex offender
  • Have a history of multiple violent crimes
  • Have had three or more suicide attempts within the previous 12 months
  • Have made a suicide attempt within the previous 72 hours
  • Are currently suffering from suicidal ideation with intent to act
  • Are actively displaying highly aggressive behavior
  • Have active symptoms of psychosis

However, we offer provisional admissions for clients who have a history of violence, paranoia, or acute mental health concerns. These provisional admissions include potential clients who have been approved for admission by the treatment team, but who have cautionary criteria that place them at a higher level of risk, as evidenced by the information they provided during their admissions assessment. When this is the case, we inform these clients that our staff will assess them after they arrive in order to fully determine whether our treatment center and programming options will benefit them. Clients who are admitted under these circumstances will have referrals set in place in the event that their needs end up requiring a more acute form of care.

Begin the admissions process

The admissions process begins with a phone call. Our admissions coordinators are on hand to speak with potential clients, family members, or referring professionals to answer any questions about our programming and to initiate the admissions process.

During this initial call to our eating disorder treatment center, our admissions coordinators will do a quick assessment of the potential client to determine what type of programming and level of care they are seeking. The coordinators will then assess financial abilities, answer program-specific questions, and collect the information necessary to check benefits.

If the potential client chooses to move forward after this initial assessment, our coordinators will schedule a formal, in-person intake session where a more in-depth assessment will be provided. When a client is approved for admission into our residential eating disorder treatment center, we will schedule their date of admission.

If we determine that our treatment center will not be able to provide the type or level of care that a client needs, we will provide referrals to appropriate facilities.

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