The presence of an eating disorder can rapidly wreak havoc on an individual’s life. Not only can it cause significant damage on a person’s physical health, but it can elicit monumental psychological distress as well. Binge eating disorder, also known as BED, is a type of disordered eating in which individuals regularly consume large quantities of food past the point of feeling full. A hallmark trait of this form of disordered eating is the presence of guilt, shame, and disgust with oneself that occurs during or following episodes of binge eating. However, despite these disturbing and self-deprecating feelings, people suffering from binge eating disorder find that they are unable to cease the detrimental behaviors and the accompanying symptoms of binge eating. The loss of control that people with BED feel can be overpowering. With proper treatment, people who are battling binge eating disorder can find the strength they need to win the fight against this ailment and lead a healthy, happy, and well-balanced life.
At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for binge eating treatment, we fully recognize how difficult and intimidating the journey to recovering from disordered eating can seem. Our Eating Recovery Services help make the process as comfortable as possible. By engaging in our comprehensive services, individuals who are struggling with binge eating disorder can develop the skills needed not only to overcome their compulsions, but to maintain lifelong recovery as well.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from binge eating disorder can be heartbreaking, confusing, and frightening. You are watching the destructive patterns of your loved one’s behavior and know that he or she is suffering emotionally and physically. While you know you are incapable of forcing your loved one to change or engage in treatment, there are some things that you can do to help:
- Educate yourself on binge eating disorder. Knowing the ins and outs of this illness will help you be able to better recognize symptoms while also developing an understanding as to why such behaviors develop.
- Confront your loved one with your concerns, but do so in a nonjudgmental, empathic manner. Refrain from lecturing your loved one. Recognize that your loved one already feels ashamed of his or her behaviors and you do not want to do anything to exacerbate that sense of shame.
- Research appropriate treatment options and offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled.
- Offer your unconditional support throughout the entire treatment process, keeping in mind that the road to recovery is a continuous journey.
Why Consider Treatment at Our Rehab Center
The presence of binge eating disorder can leave sufferers feeling plagued by the immense emotional turmoil that they face each day. They likely experience ongoing feelings of depression, loneliness, self-loathing, or disgust with themselves because they desperately want to stop participating in binge eating behaviors, but they feel powerless to do so. Additionally, people suffering from binge eating disorder may have trouble performing adequately at work because they are so consumed with the emotional distress that surrounds this disorder. Furthermore, these individuals often find that their relationships with others have begun to deteriorate as a result of feeling the need to isolate. Not only are the psychological consequences of this disorder detrimental, but the dangers that these individuals are placing on their physical health are great as well. Fortunately, by engaging in appropriate treatment, these devastating effects can be successfully avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Rehab Center
Internationally known and respected for its medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center is pleased to offer state-of-the-art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the use of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, our rehab prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is the cornerstone of the best care offered at our treatment center, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced professionals. our rehab’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and pursue a healthy and productive lifestyle.
As a premier binge eating treatment center, Sierra Tucson’s 160-acre campus includes Desert Flower – a 15-bed behavioral health inpatient unit – and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center. Residents who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in our rehab’s residential care. For those individuals who are suffering from disordered eating, such as binge eating disorder, Desert Flower may be the first step in their recovery process if they need medical stabilization. Following completion at Desert Flower, residents will then participate in the comprehensive treatment offered at Sierra Tucson’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Individual therapy: Master’s-level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists at our treatment center offer individual therapy sessions with residents between one and several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. Each resident’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending on the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the resident is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: Residents engaged in our rehab’s Eating Recovery Services will meet at various times throughout the week in order to participate in group therapy sessions, where they can find support and encouragement from one another, in addition to learning new skills. Examples of such groups may include, but are not limited to:
- General Process Group
- Disordered Eating Process Group
- Food for Thought Group
- DBT Skills Group
- Exercise Groups (Keeping in mind the sensitive nature that surrounds exercise in correlation to disordered eating, exercise is highly monitored and all residents will have individualized exercise plans that may include strength training, yoga, flexibility, and hydrotherapy. Qualified and knowledgeable fitness staff members work with residents in order to help them develop healthy exercise behaviors.)
Additional topics that may be covered during the variety of group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Topics in mental health
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
Four-Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our treatment center’s Family Program includes Family Week, a four-day experience for family members and other close identified loved ones of residents. Family Week typically occurs during a resident’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process on site to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psycho-educational lectures, process groups, equine therapy, mindfulness meditation, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a resident’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic & Recreational Activities: In order to help residents at our rehab build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome disordered eating, this type of treatment offers residents a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted on a daily or weekly basis. A resident’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Equine therapy
- Expressive art
- Adventure therapy
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those who are working through disordered eating and other primary mental health diagnoses, our rehab is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments and group activities, which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing® (SE)
- Somato-Emotional Release (SER) massage
- Biofeedback and neurofeedback
- Support group meetings and lectures
- Psychological testing
- Chiropractor services
- Meetings with a nutritionist
- Weekly body image workshops
- Offsite dining
- Daily weigh-ins
- Food preparation demonstration
- Food shopping
- Support supplied from an eating disorder technician during meal times
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our treatment center’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each resident’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Our rehab’s method for providing premier, all-encompassing care for every resident includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services. Once a resident engages in services to treat disordered eating and other primary conditions at our treatment center, a comprehensive continuing care plan is developed so that he or she can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower meet with continuing care staff members that assess their individual needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our binge eating rehab meet with the same continuing care staff and their local treatment placement specialist (TPS), and participate in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from Connect365, a year-long service to help bridge the gap between residential treatment and life in recovery. This service is offered at no additional cost and includes a personal recovery coach, a recovery management system via a mobile app, and ongoing encouragement from the participant’s support team. Residents connect with their recovery coach during treatment in order to build a strong rapport with him or her prior to discharge.
Lastly, former residents can take part in our treatment center’s Alumni Relations. These services include support groups offered throughout the country, workshops, social activities, and the annual Alumni Retreat.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the best compassionate care and clinical excellence that has improved the lives of thousands of individuals who have struggled with disordered eating and other mental illnesses, give us a call today. This is where change begins.