If you are dealing with anorexia nervosa, then you already know how difficult life can be with this disease. You are well aware of the physical and emotional pain that is associated with anorexia, and you are undoubtedly familiar with the insidious ways that this disorder can invade and negatively impact virtually every part of your life.
But no matter how familiar you are with the effects of anorexia, there are a few facts that you may not yet fully comprehend:
- You deserve health and happiness.
- You can overcome this disorder, and your life can get much better.
- Center for Hope of the Sierras can show you the way to a brighter tomorrow.
Regardless of the experience you have had with anorexia thus far, if you are reading this page, you have the essential elements within you that are needed to overcome anorexia. You have hope, strength, and courage. Realizing that you have a problem and learning how to solve that problem are courageous and important steps on the path to recovery. We are honored by your interest in our program and we would be proud to help you take the next steps toward the healthier future that you deserve.
At Center for Hope, we believe that individuals who are dealing with anorexia are unique and creative people who may be struggling to find a connection with their true inner spirit. When you choose to heal with us, you will join in an active collaboration with dedicated professionals who are committed to providing you with the personalized care that will allow you make that connection, overcome your disorder, and achieve your greatest potential.
If you are not sure if the problem you are experiencing is anorexia, please review the following:
Anorexia nervosa is a mental health disorder that can lead to drastic weight loss and cause a number of devastating effects for an individual if treatment is not sought. Some individuals with anorexia engage in binging/purging rituals, while others restrict or abstain from food all together.
Distorted perceptions of self, intense fears of gaining weight or becoming overweight, and strong desires to maintain control over the amount of food consumed contribute to the ultimate goal that people with anorexia have of achieving the lowest weight possible. Ultimately, this mental health condition can cause malnourishment, severe organ damage, and lead to death if symptoms of this disorder are ignored. What is important to know is that there are options for treatment available that can save the lives of those struggling with anorexia nervosa and offer hope for concerned loved ones.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we recognize the anguish that surrounds a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, and we have created specialized programming that is designed to provide you with the care that you need in a nurturing atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Types of Treatment Offered at Center for Hope of the Sierras
From the day we accepted our first client in 2003, Center for Hope of the Sierras has been dedicated to providing life-changing treatment to adolescents and adults who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and co-occurring conditions. Housed in a beautiful, 10-bed, country-style home in a quiet neighborhood, Center for Hope offers a nurturing and supportive environment in which clients work in close collaboration with experienced professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their compassion and commitment.
Our treatment options for the care of anorexia include residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs for adolescent and adult females, ages 16 and up (ages 14 and up for PHP and IOP). We also provide residential, PHP, and IOP treatment for adolescent and adult males, ages 14 and up.
Center for Hope is also proud to be one of the few residential eating disorder programs in the United States that accepts clients who follow vegan or vegetarian diets, or who have celiac disease.
Intuitive eating is a fundamental tenet of treatment at Center for Hope. In addition to helping you overcome the symptoms that are specific to anorexia nervosa, we will also place great emphasis on ensuring that you leave our care with the ability to be an intuitive, mindful eater. We will work closely with you to help you learn to embrace how food helps fuel your body, overcome the diet mentality, and gain an appreciation for how maintaining appropriate nutrition can help you respect your body and honor your health. By adhering to the principles of intuitive eating, you will be able to develop the improved self-confidence that can be an essential component of long-term recovery from anorexia.
When you participate in treatment for anorexia at Center for Hope, you will receive comprehensive care that has been personalized to meet your specific needs. Depending upon your unique situation, you may follow a treatment plan that includes the following elements:
Medication management: If you are battling both anorexia and a co-occurring mental health condition, you may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into your treatment plan. Our medication management services include weekly meetings with a psychiatrist and ongoing medication management provided by registered nurses.
Individual therapy: During residential treatment you will receive three individual therapy sessions each week with your primary therapist. These individual sessions provide a valuable opportunity for you to process any successes or setbacks that you have experienced, as well as address any questions or concerns that you have about your treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the fundamental aspects of treatment at Center for Hope. Participating in groups will allow you to share your insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice the new skills that will support your long-term recovery from anorexia. While in residential care you will participate in two to three group therapy sessions every day, Mondays to Fridays. Group therapy sessions, which are led by therapists and social workers, may focus on the following topics:
- Body image
- Mindful eating
- Process group
- Co-occurring disorders
- Anxiety management
- Music and art appreciation
- Family systems
- Life skills
- Recovery maintenance
Experiential therapies: Experiential therapy provides you with the opportunity to engage in activity-oriented experiences that may incorporate recreation or active education into the therapeutic process. Every week during residential treatment, you will have several opportunities to participate in experiential therapies such as the following:
- Cooking class
- Creative expressions
- Music appreciation
- Yoga (offered one to two times per week)
- Equine therapy (offered once each week)
At Center for Hope, we understand that residential care is just one step in the long-term process of recovering from anorexia. To ensure that you are able to successfully maintain and build upon the progress that you make with us, we begin planning for your life after discharge the day that you start treatment.
Depending upon your specific objectives, as well as the progress that you make during treatment, discharge planning may include a range of aftercare options, including step-down treatment such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), or referrals to community-based support services. To ensure that you have the support that you need to make a healthy and productive transition, our staff aftercare coordinator will follow up with you at regular intervals for six months following your completion of residential treatment.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we respect the courage that it takes to enter treatment for anorexia, we welcome each person chooses to heal with us, and we pledge to remain true to our mission of providing you with a nurturing and supportive environment where you will be treated with the utmost dignity and compassion.
To learn more about Center for Hope of the Sierras and the comprehensive care we offer for the treatment of anorexia, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our program is the perfect place for you.