Treatment for Eating Disorders
With specialized treatment delivered by a team of experienced therapists and industry experts, you can achieve recovery from an eating disorder.
An eating disorder is a treatable mental illness that can impact anyone of any age, race, gender, and ethnicity. According to the NEDA, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. While no one knows what truly causes eating disorders, researchers believe genetics, as well as biological, behavioral, psychological, and social factors can play a role. The sooner treatment is sought, the higher the likelihood of reaching recovery and living a happy, healthy life.
Recovery Centers of America at Devon has established itself as a leading provider of addiction treatment on the Main Line of Philadelphia since 2017. The outpatient programming at Devon has expanded beyond addiction treatment, and our licensed clinicians now provide treatment for clients diagnosed with eating disorders. Here, licensed clinicians understand the complexities of having an eating disorder and the impact it has on daily living. Our treatment team will work with you to gain insight and tools to manage these aspects of your life, both internal and external, to help establish a foundation for your recovery.
Essential Eating Disorder Treatment Offered 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 Recovery
Our eating disorder programming is delivered by licensed therapists who use individual and group therapy to provide evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to our clients. A registered dietitian and comprehensive medical team consisting of psychiatry and nursing provide specialized interventions to both support and monitor your recovery.
CBT helps you identify negative thinking that can lead to unhealthy behaviors. It isn’t always easy to dissect our own thoughts and weed out which thoughts are leading to negative feelings or harmful behavior. Being able to quickly identify a negative thought can ward off harmful behavior or feelings.
Because these negative thoughts and feelings can be difficult to eliminate, ACT focuses on accepting that these thoughts are going to happen and gives you the tools and power you need to work through them. In other words, instead of trying to tell yourself you won’t ever have a bad thought again, ACT walks you through how to rationally think through these thoughts.
Food is something your body needs to sustain life; that won’t ever change. What can change is the negative feeling and thinking you have towards food.”
– says Clinical Supervisor Melissa Carr
Our treatment approach will help individuals work towards understanding and managing their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that reinforce their eating disorder.
- A customized meal plan created by our registered dietitian (after conducting a nutritional assessment)
- Meal support to reinforce healthy eating behaviors
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Individual weekly nutritional therapy
- Gentle increase in variety of food choices
- Family Therapy
- Psychiatry appointments (as needed)
- Medical monitoring by nursing staff
- Psychoeducational seminars that will help you explore body image, relaxation, family systems, and coping skills
- Trauma-informed care
- Individualized Treatment Planning
- Yoga therapy
- Art therapy
A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) found up to 20% of those diagnosed with a serious eating disorder will die from complications. However, with treatment, that number drops down to 2-3%. We understand reaching out for help isn’t easy, but you aren’t alone in this battle. We can help with our comprehensive medical care, therapy, and nutrition counseling.
Our goal is to develop a healthy relationship with food; we’re giving your body and your mind what it needs. I know you’re scared to change your habits or challenge your fears. We can help you get through the meal and feel safe during it. We’re creating that safe space for you to feel comfortable exploring new things and providing education on why your body needs specific nutrients. You’ll be able to enjoy things you once deemed impossible, like going to a restaurant and eating with friends and family.”
– says RCA’s Registered Dietitian Jillian Mozitis
We also believe in the importance of support in all aspects of recovery, which is why we encourage you to bring a family member, friends, or other supporters to eat dinner together and participate in a multi-family group.
In addition to traditional therapies, RCA at Devon provides further support, such as assistance with grocery shopping and meal planning to help ease you into a new routine. We’ll also integrate holistic therapies, such as journaling, art therapy, meditation, and yoga therapy.
Our holistic approach to treatment encompasses every aspect of your life. At RCA at Devon, you’ll receive group, individual and family therapy that will treat eating disorders, mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. We bring in other healing therapies, like yoga, meditation and art, too all of our clinicians have worked in multiple levels of care, so we can identify from the assessment the appropriate level of care. We understand people have a life, a family, a job, a million things going on – so we try to make our treatment convenient with morning and evening hours. We’re here to help in any way we can.”
– says RCA’s Outpatient Clinical Director Christina Snyder
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. After an assessment, your team of clinicians will determine the appropriate level of treatment. From here, we’ll come up with a schedule that fits treatment into your day-to-day life.
Partial Hospitalization Program
5 days per week, 5 hours per day
Intensive Outpatient Program
9 hours per week (3 days, 3 hours per day)
General Outpatient Program
1-2 hours per week