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  • 25 Years of Evidence-Based Eating Disorder Treatment

    Since 1997, Center for Discovery has provided thousands with evidence-based eating disorder treatment. Let’s look at where we started and where we’re heading.

A Message from Our President

Since 1997, Center for Discovery (CFD) has changed the face of the eating disorder industry. We took treatment out of institutions and into homes where patients could receive individual attention from therapists, engage in hands-on food preparation with dietitians, and focus on the root cause of the eating disorder. This real-life recovery model, designed for long-term behavioral change, fueled our growth as a national provider with more than 50 treatment centers in 14 states and plans for continued growth in the years ahead.

Over the last 25 years, we’ve become an industry leader by continuing to question the status quo, driving innovative solutions and expanding access to evidence-based care. In recent years, we have witnessed a growing need for our services. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reported a 58% increase in calls, texts and social media to its helplines since the pandemic began, with more than one-third coming from teens ages 13 to 17. That’s why we offer a full continuum of care – residential, partial hospitalizations (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) and virtual services – and collaborate with thousands of therapists, doctors and clinicians to provide individualized treatment. And when treatment is done, our patients are with CFD for life through our aftercare programs, support groups, alumni app and more.

We believe everyone deserves a happy, rewarding life. And when quality behavioral healthcare is within reach, so is happiness. We’ve helped thousands of patients discover their path to recovery and we look forward to continued service in the years ahead.


Joe Tinervin
President, Eating Disorder Division


A Legacy of Recovery Success

We’re changing lives for the better at Center for Discovery. Here are some patient data that tell the story of our alumni success rate*:

94% can identify their triggers


93% believe they can help themselves get better


92% understand when to ask for help

*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2020 and completed treatment, and who completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N = 3,250).

“I was at [Center for Discovery] for six weeks…They gave me my life back. I’m someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future.”

– Natalie F., CFD alum


Compassionate Care & Evidence-Based Treatment

When you’re in our care, you are surrounded by a team of compassionate experts guided by our Real Life Recovery™ approach. Here’s what you can expect:

• Evidence-based treatment modalities that include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and exposure & response prevention (ERP) therapy
• Experiential therapy, such as art, music and equine (varies per location)
• Unique and innovative dietary program that’s rooted in real-life recovery philosophies, such as Health at Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, All Foods Fit™ and exposure & response prevention (ERP) therapy
• Educational support program for youth patients
• Nurturing aftercare program that is with patients for life after receiving care
• Free verification of insurance (we accept most major insurance)


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Flashback to 1997

When Center for Discovery was starting, the world was quite different from today! Here’s a fun look at what was admired in pop culture 25 years ago:

Music – Top 5 Songs

1. “Candle in the Wind 1997” by Elton John
2. “You Were Meant for Me” by Jewel
3. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112
4. “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton
5. “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy & Mase

Movies – Top 5 Box Office Hits

1. Titanic
2. Men In Black
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. Liar Liar
5. Air Force One

TV Shows – Top 5 Things to Watch

1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Veronica’s Closet (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Touched By an Angel (CBS)

Sports – Top 5 Champions

  1. World Series: Florida Marlins
  2. Superbowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers
  3. NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls
  4. Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings
  5. U.S. Open Golf: Ernie Ells

The World Has Changed, But Our Dedication to Quality Care Hasn’t

While we have seen a lot of change at Center for Discovery in the last 25 years, our commitment to providing quality eating disorder treatment has never wavered. Thank you for letting us be part of your life today and we look forward to many more years of helping people change their lives for the better.