Eating Disorder Treatment for Individuals in Recovery

Eating Disorder Treatment

The journey to recovery can be difficult, especially when the need extends beyond the addiction to drugs or alcohol. Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders have struggled with drugs or alcohol abuse. In fact, 35% of individuals who have abused or were dependent on alcohol or other drugs have eating disorders – this is 11 times greater than the general population. That’s why Recovery Centers of America at Devon established a unique outpatient program for individuals who are in recovery from addiction and currently struggle with an eating disorder.

RCA at Devon also treats patient struggling with an eating disorder and do not have a substance use disorder. 

RCA’s Eating Disorder program will work in tandem with your recovery from addiction and provide a personal therapeutic plan to repair your relationship with food and your body. Whether the eating disorder proceeded or followed the addiction, new coping skills and habits for food-related anxieties will be developed.

Our eating disorders treatment program combines individualized and group therapy interventions derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Our licensed therapist and registered dietitian use their expertise in eating disorders to provide specialized treatment that supports both the eating disorder and addiction recovery process that includes:

  • Meal support to reinforce healthy eating behaviors
    • RCA’s registered dietitian will create a meal plan for you following a nutritional assessment.
  • Individualized nutrition plans and education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Therapeutic Support
    • Group and one-on-one therapeutic support around meals will help you by addressing specific fear foods, psychology, and how to develop a healthy relationship with food.
  • Psychoeducational Seminars
    • Psychoeducational seminars will help you focus on body image, relaxation, family systems, coping skills, and help you challenge any negative thinking.
  • Coping skills
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma-informed care

Eating Disorders Are Dangerous and Need Treatment

According to a study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 20% of those diagnosed with a serious eating disorder will die from eating disorder complications. With treatment, that number drops down to 2-3%. Recovery Centers of America can help.Recovery, whether it’s from addiction or an eating disorder, can be tough and make you feel alone. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional help that includes comprehensive medical care, therapy, and nutrition counseling.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder call us at 1-800-RECOVERY

Our eating disorder treatment includes highly individualized treatment and therapy to meet your needs in recovery, as well as meal support and psychoeducational seminars.

We know that having an eating disorder affects many aspects of your life, from the clothes you wear to the meals you make. Because of this, we provide additional support, such as grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and meal planning, to help you ease into a new routine.

The importance of support in all aspects of recovery can’t be stressed enough. As a group member, we encourage you to bring a family member, friends, or other supporters to eat dinner together and participate in group.

Essential Eating Disorder & Addiction Outpatient Treatment From the Comfort of Your Home via Telehealth

We’ve converted RCA’s Outpatient services from our offices to live, high definition audio/video telehealth due to COVID-19. We’ve watched patients thrive with our services from the comfort and safety of their homes. While we continue to offer all of our Outpatient services via telehealth, we want you to know: You can still receive the same evidence-based treatment RCA is known for – just from your home. Learn more about our telehealth services here.

Eating Disorder Therapy

We realize that everyone’s needs, schedules, and obligations differ. Recovery Centers of America at Devon offers three programs: Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and General Outpatient.

Partial Hospitalization Program
5 days per week, 5 hours per day

Intensive Outpatient Program
9 hours per week (3 days, 3 hours per day) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday Nights

General Outpatient Program
1-2 hours per week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Common Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia, also called anorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder categorized by weight loss, difficulty maintaining a suitable body weight depending on height, age and stature, and for many people, having body dysmorphia or a severely-distorted body image, according to the National Eating Disorders Associations (NEDA).

A person with anorexia usually restricts the number of calories and kinds of food they eat. However, you cannot determine a person is struggling with anorexia simply by looking at them. Rather, appropriate physical and mental assessments can decide if someone is suffering from anorexia.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Drastic weight loss
  • Dressing in layers (even in warm weather) to stay warm or cover up weight loss
  • Intense focus on weight, food, calories, and/or diets
  • Cutting out certain types of foods/whole categories of food
  • Constant comments about being or feeling overweight or fat
  • Strictly following food rituals (like rearranging food on a plate, eating food in a certain order, unnecessary chewing)
  • Cooking meals for other people without eating themselves
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations that involve food
  • Feels the need to “burn off” calories that were consumed
  • Maintains a strict exercise regimen, no matter what
  • Uncomfortable eating in public
  • Becomes withdrawn from friends and activities
  • Unable to or refuses to maintain appropriate body weight (for their age, height and build)
  • Extreme fear of weight gain despite being underweight
  • Loss of menstrual period (post-puberty)
  • A strong urge for control, with inflexible thinking
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux, stomach cramps, constipation, etc.
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness/fainting
  • Always feeling cold
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Impaired immune functioning

Program Locations

Devon, PA

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