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Center For Discovery is a national leader in Eating Disorder Treatment, Mental Health Treatment, and Addiction Treatment or Substance Abuse Treatment for teens and adults.  With 20 years of success and nationwide locations, Center For Discovery can provide the best treatment for you and your loved ones struggling with eating disorders, mental health disorders, and substance abuse.  

 

Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

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An eating disorder is a complex psychological and medical condition that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, relationships with others, and overall functioning without eating disorder treatment. Though an eating disorder may have once helped a person cope with circumstances in their life, it often leads to intense emotional pain and suffering. Without some form of intervention or treatment in specialized eating disorder treatment centers, an eating disorder can become chronic, have devastating emotional and physical consequences, and be potentially life-threatening.

 

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Eating Disorders

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An eating disorder is a complex psychological and medical condition that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, relationships with others, and overall functioning without eating disorder treatment. Though an eating disorder may have once helped a person cope with circumstances in their life, it often leads to intense emotional pain and suffering. Without some form of intervention or treatment in specialized eating disorder treatment centers, an eating disorder can become chronic, have devastating emotional and physical consequences, and be potentially life-threatening.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is a complex eating disorder that affects millions of people each year in the United States and around the world. Anorexia is characterized by a preoccupation with body weight or shape and limiting food intake, resulting in unhealthy weight loss. It may also be accompanied by other behaviors such as throwing up or vomiting after meals, the use of substances like diet pills, or intense exercising. Though it often develops during teenage years or adolescence, anorexia does not discriminate between age, gender, race or class.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa, also referred to as bulimia, is a serious eating disorder that has potentially fatal medical and psychological consequences. It is characterized by repeated instances of eating significantly more food than what most people would eat in a short period of time, followed by one or more behaviors to attempt to compensate for the food eaten. These behaviors, also known as purging or compensatory behaviors, might include throwing up or vomiting, intense exercising, or the use of substances like diet pills or laxatives. Bulimia is associated with significant impairment in the individual's life and occurs, on average, once per week for at least three months.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 1.6% of adolescents. It is characterized by recurring instances of binge eating, which can be described as eating large amounts of food in a short period of time accompanied by a loss of control. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once per week for at least three months. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, people suffering with BED do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviors, such as throwing up or exercising intensely to counter the food eaten. 

Orthorexia Nervosa

While Orthorexia is not officially recognized in the DSM-5, providers are seeing this more frequently in their practices and eating disorder treatment centers.  Because it is potentially a precursor to developing a full-blown eating disorder, it is vital that therapists and dietitians know how to identify orthorexia. Orthorexia is a proposed distinct eating disorder characterized by extreme or excessive preoccupation with eating healthy food.   The orthorexic client obsesses about healthy eating instead of obsessing about losing weight and being thin.  

Compulsive Eating

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Compulsive overeating also known as food addiction is a term described by mental health professionals and eating disorder specialists for individuals who eat a large amount of food in a short period and feel “out of control” when it comes time to their eating habits. This intense urge to consume a large amount of food in a short period is triggered by underlying feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and control issues. Compulsive overeating is not considered an eating disorder per say and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V), but is rather a term used to describe an unhealthy eating behavior that can be described as comfort eating or a food addiction. 

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, or ARFID, is a new diagnosis added to the DSM -5 in the category of eating or feeding disturbance. ARFID is characterized by an apparent lack of interest in eating or food, avoidance based on the characteristics of food, concern about aversive consequences of eating, as manifested by persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional and or energy needs. There is often significant weight loss or failure to achieve expected weight gain, significant nutritional deficiency, dependence on enteral feeding or oral nutrition supplements, and marked psychosocial functioning.

 

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Mental Health Treatment Centers

Mental health treatment with Center For Discovery is specially designed to provide each adolescent with the personalized treatment necessary to safely affect real behavioral, social, emotional and spiritual growth.  The central goal is to provide effective and intensive treatment in an appropriate mental health treatment setting where connection, trust, and growth can be fostered. The validated mental health treatment program focuses on helping teens and adolescents learn about and deal with their disorders and the issues surrounding them in order to support long-term recovery.

 

Mental Health Treatment Centers

Mental health treatment with Center For Discovery is specially designed to provide each adolescent with the personalized treatment necessary to safely affect real behavioral, social, emotional and spiritual growth.  The central goal is to provide effective and intensive treatment in an appropriate mental health treatment setting where connection, trust, and growth can be fostered. The validated mental health treatment program focuses on helping teens and adolescents learn about and deal with their disorders and the issues surrounding them in order to support long-term recovery.

Trauma

Traumatic lifetime experiences like death, illness, loss, abandonment or perception of abandonment, bullying, and forms of abuse significantly impact the psyche and physiological state of the individual.  Trauma is also a subjective experience and individuals with a sensitive temperament are likely to have the experience of trauma from experiences that others may not perceive as traumatic.  Exposure to prolonged states of stress caused by trauma can impact functioning and health and immunity, as well as lead to the development of an eating disorder and co-occurring disorders like depression and substance abuse.

Depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for individuals 15-44 years of age. Lost wages, medications, psychotherapy treatment, suicide treatment, co-occurring mental health disorders and associated medical diseases all contribute to this disability cost. Major depressive disorder is characterized by a sad mood, inability to concentrate, loss of interest and other symptoms that affect how an individual thinks and feels. This disorder can result in stress at home, poor workplace performance, and turmoil in relationships.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders consist of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder and agoraphobia and are characterized by an intense state of worry and fear resulting from a threatening event or life stressor. Anxiety can be normal in cases of everyday stress or serious life stressors and individuals usually overcome this worry once the stressor dissipates however in individuals with anxiety disorder, their state of worry becomes more intensified over time.

Reactive Attachment Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM-5) symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) must be evident before five years of age and the child must have a developmental age of at least nine months. The child often shows consistent emotionally withdrawn behavior towards caregivers; specifically he/she minimally responds or seeks comfort when he/she is emotionally distressed.  The second criterion includes a limited positive affect, episodes of unexplained irritability, sadness or emotional turmoil during nonthreatening interactions with caregivers and minimal social or emotional responsiveness to others. The third criterion is characterized by a pattern of insufficient care such as neglect, physical or sexual abuse, or repeated changes between primary caregivers.

Self Harm or Self-Injury

Self-injury is the purposeful action of inducing physical harm to oneself and is a very severe sign of emotional distress. According to the Statistical and Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), self-harm is formally known as nonsuicidal self-injury disorder (NSSID) as these self-destructive behaviors are performed without any intention of suicide. Adolescents are at the highest risk for self-harm injury as many studies state that roughly 15% of teenagers and 17-35% of college students have inflicted self-harmful behaviors on themselves. This disorder is increasing among the young population and can have severe consequences if not treated appropriately. Cutting, burning, skin carving, biting, poisoning, purposeful interference with wound healing, extreme skin picking and hair pulling are all examples of self-injury or self-harm.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar affective disorder or manic-depressive illness is a mood disorder characterized by periods of profound depression that alternate with periods of excessive elation and irritable mood known as mania. Individuals will suffer from extreme mood swings that interfere with personal relationships, occupational function, and daily activities. It is common for bipolar disorder to be apart of a co-occurring disorder, which refers to mental health illnesses that co-occur with substance abuse disorders such as opioid, alcohol or cocaine abuse. Bipolar disorder can often co-occur with anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder and when these disorders co-occur, there is a higher likelihood of substance abuse and suicide attempts. Bipolar disorder can be characterized into three types: bipolar disorder type I (BPI), bipolar disorder type II (BPII) and cyclothymia and differences depend on the frequency, duration and severity of the alternating symptoms.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Substance abuse is one of the top reasons individuals present to the emergency room and nearly 50,000 individuals in 2015 died from overdose secondary to substance abuse. Unfortunately drug and alcohol abuse are continuing to rise in the United States and according to studies, 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs and only 11% of those people seeking substance abuse treatment for their addictions. The number one reason individuals are not seeking substance abuse treatment for the substance abuse is due to costs and access to substance abuse treatment.  Alcohol, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepines and other opioids are the top substances of abuse in the United States.

 

 

 Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Substance abuse is one of the top reasons individuals present to the emergency room and nearly 50,000 individuals in 2015 died from overdose secondary to substance abuse. Unfortunately drug and alcohol abuse are continuing to rise in the United States and according to studies, 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs and only 11% of those people seeking substance abuse treatment for their addictions. The number one reason individuals are not seeking substance abuse treatment for the substance abuse is due to costs and access to substance abuse treatment.  Alcohol, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepines and other opioids are the top substances of abuse in the United States.

 

Alcohol Substance Abuse

Alcohol use is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States and costs the United States $249 billion per year. Approximately 88,000 lives are lost each year in the United States and 3.3 million worldwide from alcohol related deaths. Although alcoholism is 2.5 more prevalent in men than women, this serious addiction affects individuals of all ages, genders, social classes and nationalities.  Alcohol works on the same receptors in the brain as benzodiazepines however alcohol affects several neurotransmitters, or brain communication chemicals, and when ingested results in central nervous system depression. Alcoholism can result in overdose and also when alcohol is withdrawn for a period of time it can create central nervous system excitability resulting in seizures.

Marijuana Addiction

Cannabis or marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is widely used among teenagers and adolescents. Although there may be medicinal benefits for individuals with severe chronic disease, studies have shown that marijuana is a drug of addiction, tolerance and dependence. Cannabis is composed of two main ingredients: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, and cannabidiol, which is commonly known as CBD. THC is known to produce the mind-altering effects associated with “high” whereas CBD is known to produce the proposed medicinal effects associated with marijuana.

Opiate Drug Abuse

According to statistics, opioid dependence affects approximately five million individuals in the United States each year and is responsible for 17,000 deaths each year in the U.S. The abuse potential for opioids begins at a young age, usually during adolescence or early adulthood and continues into middle and late adulthood. Americans make up approximately five percent of the world’s population but is responsible for 80% of the consumption of the world’s opioid supply and therefore have one of the largest opioid crises in the world. Prescription opioids are majorly responsible for this crises resulting in 46 deaths per day in 2012.

Hallucinogenics

Hallucinogens are a class of drugs used to enhance or alter mood, perceptions and emotions.  A common misconception is that these drugs cause hallucinations, which by definition are false idea or beliefs when in reality; these substances are known to cause a change in thought and mood. 
Today, hallucinogens are being abused by individuals as young as 12 years old. These agents are quite common among high school and college students due to their mind-altering effects however they come with serious side effects and addiction potentially. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 229,000 Americans ages 12 and older reported current (past-month) use of LSD and 33,000 reported current use of PCP (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013). Among high school seniors, salvia was significantly more popular than LSD or PCP.

Prescription Pill Abuse

The most commonly abused prescription pills are: 1)opiates or pain medications like oxycodone, Vicodin (hydrocodone),  and morphine, 2) benzodiazepines or “nerve pills” such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, or Ativan, and 3) stimulants (such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta). While opiates have the highest abuse potential, benzo abuse resulted in 8,000 overdoses deaths in 2015 and is on the rise. Withdrawals alone can result in seizures and even death and therefore individuals taking benzodiazepines usually need to be slowly weaned in order to prevent deadly withdrawals.  Stimulant abuse is also considered to be on the rise amongst high school students and young adults and of particular concern because those who abuse this class of medications are twice as likely to also binge drink. 

Club Drugs Substance Abuse

Club drugs are a newer class of drugs that were initiated during the rave phenomenon and popular among teenagers and young adults. Many of these club drugs are also known as designer drugs because they are synthetic or man made as opposed to naturally occurring. The rave phenomenon began in the United Kingdom in the early 1980’s and spread across Europe, the United States and the rest of the world with rapid popularity. Raves and clubs are usually associated with club drugs, which are often taken to induce a rush or energy, increase euphoria, stimulate the senses and heighten one’s sexuality. Club drugs can be extremely dangerous resulting in aggressive behaviors, lowered inhibitions, short-term amnesia and even death in some cases. Ecstasy, 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (GHB), ketamine, rohypnol, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and methamphetamines are all commonly abused club drugs.

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"The staff worked with our entire family to promote an environment at home that would support her progress.  CFD has provided my daughter with the tools she needs to work toward complete recovery. "

"My experience from the moment I picked up the phone to reach out for help for my daughter and contacted Center For Discoveryto the moment she was released from their care, was comforting and professional."

"Throughout my teen's stay, we saw a teen who was initially unmotivated and had given up on life to a young adult with goals and the willingness to achieve and work towards something greater."

"I send love and support to any parent who is searching to know what that move is for their own child, and encourage you to give CFD a call."

"We lost our son to substance abuse starting about two years ago and he almost died because of it. CFD helped him take his life back and for the first time in two years, he is hopeful for the future, and actually wants to help others in his situation."

There really aren't enough words to describe how drastic my daughters life has changed for the better, to say the least...
Center For Discoverysaved us and will always be our 2nd family."

Discover the New You!

"Throughout my teen's stay, we saw a teen who was initially unmotivated and had given up on life to a young adult with goals and the willingness to achieve and work towards something greater."

"My experience from the moment I picked up the phone to reach out for help for my daughter and contacted Center For Discoveryto the moment she was released from their care, was comforting and professional."

"We lost our son to substance abuse starting about two years ago and he almost died because of it. CFD helped him take his life back and for the first time in two years, he is hopeful for the future, and actually wants to help others in his situation."

There really aren't enough words to describe how drastic my daughters life has changed for the better, to say the least...
Center For Discoverysaved us and will always be our 2nd family."

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