If you have been struggling with bulimia nervosa, the last thing you need is one more person telling you about how devastating this disease can be. You already know all about the physical pain, the emotional torment, and the insidious manner in which bulimia can impact virtually every aspect of your life.
What you may not know, however, is that it does not have to be this way. You deserve health, happiness, and the promise of a future that is filled with potential. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we would be honored to help you take your first steps along the path to that brighter tomorrow.
If you are reading this page, then you have perhaps the most important element in the fight against bulimia- you have hope. Regardless of what you have experienced prior to visiting this website, you believe that your life can get better, and you have retained the strength and courage that it takes to turn that belief into a reality. We share your belief, and we are prepared to work tirelessly to ensure that you have the clinical care and compassionate support that will enable you to achieve beyond what you may currently think is possible.
At Center for Hope, we believe that people who are dealing with bulimia are unique, creative, caring, and sensitive individuals who may be struggling to find a connection with their true inner spirit. When you choose to heal with us, our every effort will be focused on providing you with the personalized care that will allow you to overcome the obstacles that have been preventing you from making that connection and living to your greatest potential.
Because we place such a premium on providing a truly personalized treatment experience, we tend to shy away from generalizations at Center for Hope. Yet we also embrace certain truths, including the following:
- You are not defined by your disorder.
- You can overcome bulimia.
- You deserve health and happiness.
If you are not sure if bulimia treatment is right for you, consider the following:
If you have been engaging in binge-eating that is followed by purging in an attempt to avoid weight gain, you may be suffering from bulimia nervosa, which is a serious form of disordered eating that can jeopardize both your mental and physical health. Individuals who are battling bulimia often go to great lengths to rid their bodies of food. For example, you may be engaging in behaviors that include abusing laxatives, diuretics, and/or enemas, in addition to self-induced vomiting.
The psychological damage caused by bulimia nervosa can lead to the development of another mental health condition or the presence of suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, or even attempts at suicide. Seeking treatment to end this form of disordered eating is often required in order to avoid such risks. Fortunately, there are viable treatment options available that can offer great assistance.
To learn more about how Center for Hope of the Sierras is uniquely prepared to provide you with the care that you need, please continue to read further, or contact us at your convenience.
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, including bulimia 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 bulimia 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.
A fundamental tenet of treatment at Center for Hope is the philosophy of intuitive eating. Regardless of the disorder for which you originally sought treatment, one of our primary objectives is to have you leave our care with the ability to be an intuitive, mindful eater. We will work closely with you to help you overcome the diet mentality, learn to embrace how food helps fuel your body, and gain an appreciation for how maintaining appropriate nutrition can help you respect your body and honor your health. We have found that by adhering to this philosophy, you can develop the greater sense of self-confidence that can be an essential component of long-term recovery from bulimia and other eating disorders.
When you participate in treatment for bulimia at Center for Hope, you will receive comprehensive care that has been personalized to meet your specific needs. Depending upon their unique situations, you may follow treatment plans that include the following elements:
Medication management: If you are suffering from both bulimia 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 participate in 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 long-term recovery from bulimia nervosa. During residential treatment, 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:
- Mindful eating
- Body image
- Anxiety management
- Co-occurring disorders
- Music and art appreciation
- Life skills
- Family systems
- Recovery maintenance
- Process group
Experiential therapies: Experiential therapy offers you the opportunity to engage in activity-oriented experiences that may incorporate recreation or active education into the therapeutic process. Every week that you are in residential treatment at Center for Hope, you will have several opportunities to participate in experiential therapies such as the following:
- Yoga (offered one to two times per week)
- Creative expressions
- Cooking class
- Music appreciation
- 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 bulimia. 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 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 completion of residential treatment.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we respect the courage that it takes to enter treatment for bulimia, we welcome each person chooses to heal with us, and we pledge to remain true to our mission of providing a nurturing and supportive environment where each client is treated with the utmost dignity and compassion.
To learn more about Center for Hope of the Sierras, 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.