Eating Disorders Treatment
One of the most dangerous aspects of an eating disorder is the way it can isolate you from those who are closest to you – and keep you from reaching out for the treatment that will allow you to regain control over your life and your health.
By accessing this website and reading this page, you have taken a significant step toward your recovery. You are educating yourself about your condition, you are exploring the treatment options that are available to you, and you are learning one of the most important lessons that you can ever learn about your eating disorder: You are not alone.
Every year, more than 5 million Americans discover that they have an eating disorder. Though eating disorders were once thought to occur only among teenage girls, we now know that no one is immune. Men, women, and young people from all walks of life, socio-economic levels, and cultural backgrounds are afflicted with eating disorders.
How We Can Help
At Sierra Tucson, we provide comprehensive services for men and women who are struggling to overcome anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder/compulsive overeating. During your stay with us, our highly trained and experienced eating disorder treatment professionals will guide you through a process that is designed to address all of the issues that have previously precluded you from attaining optimum health.
In addition to helping you develop a more positive body image and a healthier relationship with food and exercise, we will work with you to remedy any medical complications and co-occurring diagnoses that may have led to or been exacerbated by your eating disorder. Psychological testing will clarify possible mood-related issues and provide insights into your personality style. During the treatment process, you will discover underlying dynamics that may have contributed to the development and maintenance of your eating disordered behaviors. With awareness and therapy, you can modify these dynamics and facilitate positive changes. A medical provider will also review the possible role of medications as a treatment option.
When you begin eating disorder treatment at Sierra Tucson, you will participate in an initial consultation that will help us design an individualized treatment plan that may include the following components:
- Psychological testing
- Body image workshops and education about the medical consequences of eating disorders
- Individual consultations with a registered dietitian, and weekly nutrition groups to address food-related issues
- Personalized meal plan and support
- Individual fitness consultations, including exercise prescriptions
- Individual and group sessions to address coexisting co-occurring disorders such as drug or alcohol abuse, compulsive behaviors, depression, trauma/abuse, or grief/loss issues
- Food preparation demonstrations by our head chef and supervised restaurant outings
- Twelve-Step meetings
- Therapeutic and Recreational Activities including Equine-Assisted Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Creative Expression
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing®, both of which are available for the treatment of trauma
- Integrative Therapies including Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu, Qigong, Reiki, and Yoga
- Family and Youth Program
Anorexia Treatment in Arizona
Anorexia is characterized by a fear of weight gain, an unhealthy body image and a refusal to eat normally. Signs that someone may have anorexia include weight loss, extreme exercise, hiding food, constant dieting and unhappiness with a person’s body. Anorexia is often accompanied by depression, anxiety or low self-esteem.
Bulimia Treatment in Arizona
Bulimia is characterized by consuming large amounts of food at one time, then compensating for it through purging. Purging can include self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, over-use or misuse of diet pills or laxatives, or fasting. Signs that someone may have bulimia include anxiety about weight, consumption of large amounts of food, signs of self-induced vomiting, and constantly going to the bathroom right after a meal. Like anorexia, bulimia is often accompanied by depression, anxiety or low self-esteem.
The Sierra Tucson Approach to Treatment of Eating Disorders
In Arizona, cutting-edge eating disorder treatment is available at Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson’s philosophy is that individuals have the right and ability to recover as whole persons and, as such, deserve to address the total scope of the eating disorder. We address body image, relationship with food, medical complications, co-occurring disorders and the chronic nature of eating disorders.
Our goals are to educate patients, provide meaningful treatment experiences, and allow for integration of treatment effects. In short, we will teach you how to heal your mind, body and spirit, so that you may experience full recovery and the authentic life you are meant to live.
Live the Life You Deserve
We know that being afflicted with an eating disorder isn’t a sign of weakness, and that your struggles are something that you should never be ashamed of. Thus, you can be assured that your every interaction with our renowned staff of eating disorder treatment professionals will be conducted with the utmost respect and dignity.
To learn more about how Sierra Tucson can treat your eating disorder and help you live the life you deserve, fill out the contact form on the right side of this page, click the “Chat with Sierra Tucson” link to begin a private online conversation with one of our counselors, or call the telephone number at the top of this page. We look forward to talking to you and helping you take your first steps toward lasting recovery.
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