Eating Disorder FAQs

Eating Disorder FAQs

We understand that if you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, you’re sure to have many questions. What’s important for you to know is that you don’t have to go it alone. Our admissions team is here to address all your concerns. Please call us any time at 866.482.3876. Your journey to recovery starts with Discovery.

Eating Disorder Quiz

This evaluation can help determine if you or a loved one may benefit from consulting with an eating disorder professional.

Generally speaking, visitations are Monday through Saturday from 7-8p and on Sundays from 130-530p. However, visitation is accommodated as much as possible as long as it is previously discussed with the treatment team. We respectfully ask visits do not interfere with meals or groups, however, if there is a scheduling conflict, we work to find a mutually agreeable time. Family involvement is an integral part of the recovery process. We encourage and expect weekly family therapy sessions (either in person or via Zoom/teleconference if the distance is a concern). We also offer monthly family days, which is a great resource as well where families can come together and learn about both the recovery process and how the Center For Discovery program works. Families/support systems are an important part of the recovery process and Center For Discovery encourages as much involvement as possible. Another way the family/support system is involved is through passes. Once clients reach a certain place in their recovery (this looks different for every client), they go on passes–typically on Sundays– with family/support system. This helps them and their loved ones practice the tools learned in sessions.

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If someone comes to treatment struggling with restrictive behaviors, we work with them stabilizing their eating pattern. Clients may still experience challenging emotions and restrict. When this happens, the Dietitian and Therapist will implement behavioral interventions. The first is offering the clients supplementation. If a client continues to refuse supplement, there are various interventions depending on the client’s level of medical necessity and amount refused, again, very individualized. If a pattern of supplement refusal emerges behavioral interventions such as couch rest or bed rest may be implemented. Other avenues such as 1:1 meals and/or dropping in levels may be used as well.

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Most of our clients come in with co-occurring diagnoses, so to best help our clients, we individualize our treatment approach for each client. Some of the ways we do this are through medication management, individual & family therapy and various therapy modalities such as DBT and CBT. DBT has research support for its use in managing SI/self-harm. CBT is the most empirically supported modality for the treatment of anxiety and OCD. With substance use, clients can attend AA or NA if appropriate. Clients with a history of trauma will be treated as recommended by their outpatient providers. If it is appropriate for the client to work on their trauma in RTC, then the therapists will do so, or if it is preferred the RTC team does not work on it then they will help the client redefine safety not using their eating disorder.

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It is typically 3-4 clients to 1 staff member. This ratio does not include the times during the week the Facility Manager, Therapist, Program Director, and Registered Dietitian are in the facility.

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Two of the programs (Southport and Hamptons) have a teacher who comes in through a contract with LearnWell. They are onsite 2 hours per day, 5 days per week. They provide the services for our clients, and they work directly with the school to get compensated for these services. It is at no cost to the family, as the school districts are required to help with these services when a child is unable to attend school. *We are working on getting this in place for Fairfax. c. For all other programs, the families can work with their home school districts to get a tutor to come in and work with the child. This is through the coordination of the family. We are happy to work with the tutor regarding their schedule, but we also cannot have clients getting pulled from treatment on a regular basis for tutoring services. The other option is for the family to set up a private tutor that they fund themselves. Again, we will do our best to work with the schedules, but we have to be mindful that the client is participating in treatment regularly.

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The average stay in our RTCs is about 40-45 days. This is not guaranteed and will depend on various factors, some stays are shorter and some longer

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Eating disorder treatment literally takes a village, meaning each individual on the large treatment team plays a significant role in eating disorder recovery. From dietitians and nutritionists to doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff; the treatment works together to develop an individualized treatment plan that is compromised of many different psychotherapy approaches with or without a medication regimen. Some psychotherapy approaches include dialectal behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR.

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Changing how you eat and adapting to healthy lifestyle behaviors can be good. However, extreme dieting is an unhealthy way to lose weight and although it is true that many individuals who go on strict diets develop an eating disorder, eating disorders have deep underlying causes associated with them that are more than just about food. Many individuals with eating disorders have issues with self-control and body image and use their obsession with food to cope with their underlying issues. Strict diets in general are deemed unhealthy because they have unrealistic expectations and goals.

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Unfortunately, the media and society often portray severely underweight young females as the prototype for having an eating disorder however anorexia nervosa is the only eating disorder that classifies underweight as a diagnostic criterion. Approximately 65% of individuals with bulimia nervosa have a normal body weight or are considered overweight. Additionally, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, compulsive overeating and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) do not have body types or weight restrictions included in the diagnosis.

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Eating disorders affect 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States and can be diagnosed in boys and girls as young as seven years old. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, but are in fact a mental health disorder similar to depression, bipolar disease and schizophrenia. It is not an individual choice to develop an eating disorder but rather severe underlying pathological factors drive individuals to take part in self-destructive behaviors associated with eating disorders. Genetic factors, environmental factors and social factors all play a role in the development of an eating disorder. Interpersonal issues, past trauma, low-self esteem, abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, and unhealthy family and personal relationships all contribute to the environmental and social factors associated with eating disorders.

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  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. 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. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
    Alumni
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni

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