If you are visiting our website, it is likely because you have realized that your struggle with bulimia is becoming too much for you to handle alone, and you are in search of help. While seeking help may seem like admitting weakness, it is in fact the opposite. Gathering together a team of people to surround you is actually one of the most powerful and courageous decisions you can make, and at Center for Hope of the Sierras, we respect your bravery. We are committed to providing you with a safe place where your health and vitality can be restored. We believe that you are capable of creating a better life for yourself, and we would be honored if you chose to come heal with us.
When an individual develops an intense fear of gaining weight and resorts to drastic measures to prevent weight gain, he is struggling with an eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa, one such eating disorder that includes self-induced vomiting as a means of avoiding weight gain, affects people of all ages and both sexes. It is a common misconception is that men do not engage in this form of disordered eating. However, this is simply not true. Many men grapple with bulimia nervosa and would greatly benefit from seeking treatment. Fortunately, there is treatment available that is catered to the specific needs of males who are battling this disorder.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we understand apprehension that boys and men feel when considering seeking treatment for their bulimia. For this reason, we have created specialized programming that is designed to meet your specific and unique needs as a male and hope to empower you as you work to overcome bulimia nervosa.
Types of Treatment Offered at Center for Hope of the Sierras
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Center for Hope of the Sierras offers a serene setting for individuals who are seeking refuge as they overcome the symptoms of bulimia nervosa. Knowing the unique challenges that you face when seeking and receiving treatment for this devastating condition, Center for Hope of the Sierras is proud to offer residential treatment for males 16 and older, as well as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) that are tailored to meet the needs of adolescent and adult males, ages 14 and older.
When you engage in programming for the treatment of bulimia at Center for Hope, we provide for you a highly structured schedule that includes supported meals, pre and post-group sessions that meet after each meal, and special outings where you can practice the skills you are learning in treatment by applying them in a real-world setting. In addition to providing comprehensive treatment for any type of eating disorder, including bulimia nervosa, we also offer treatment for males who are struggling with diabulimia or co-occurring mental health disorders. Additionally, if you are battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you can receive specialized treatment that addresses any co-occurring substance use disorders. You will have the opportunity to be transported to 12-Step meetings three to five times per week in order to obtain further support as you work towards recovery from your addictions. Furthermore, consistent with our mission to provide individualized treatment to all our clients, we are one of the only treatment centers in the country that offers specialized diets for vegans, vegetarians, and individuals with celiac disease.
The philosophy of intuitive eating, or mindful eating, forms the basis of our treatment approach. We believe that food should be looked at as fuel for our bodies, and that eating provides us with a chance to joyfully care for our bodies by giving them the fuel they need to function well. By removing the dieting mindset and, instead, helping us develop an “ear” to listen to our bodies’ needs, intuitive eating lays down the foundation for a life of healthy eating practices.
During your time spent in residential, IOP or PHP, you will be provided with an individualized treatment plan that may include the following therapeutic interventions:
Medication management: When you are trying to overcome symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to bulimia, the use of certain psychotropic medications may be recommended as part of your treatment plan. The actual implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on an individualized basis. You have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once per week, and registered nurses are available to organize medication management services.
Individual therapy: During your time in residential treatment, you will partake in three individual sessions each week with your primary therapist. In PHP, you will meet with your primary therapist twice each week for individual therapy sessions. These one-to-one sessions are designed to provide a safe and confidential setting where you can confront any challenges that you are facing, discuss any concerns that you are having, and process through your treatment experiences as a whole.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main components of treatments offered at Center for Hope. Led by therapists and social workers, our residential program offers two to three group sessions each day, Monday to Fridays. In PHP, you may participate in one to four group therapy sessions each day, Monday through Friday. The specific types of groups and the various topics discussed in these groups may include the following:
- Anxiety management
- Body image
- Co-occurring disorders
- Family systems
- Life skills
- Mindful eating
- Music and art appreciation
- Process group
- Recovery maintenance
Experiential therapy: When you are receiving treatment for bulimia at Center for Hope, you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of experiential therapy options in addition to the more traditional forms of therapy. These experiential therapies typically occur on a weekly basis and may include the following:
- Cooking class
- Grocery shopping
- Equine therapy (Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy provided weekly)
- Lunch Out Challenge
- Body In Motion
- Creative expressions
If you take part in the partial hospitalization program at Center for Hope of the Sierras, you have the option of residing in an unsupervised, offsite apartment. All PHP services are provided at an office that is located within three miles of Center for Hope’s residential treatment center.
Keeping in mind that you may require extended care services following the completion of treatment in PHP, Center for Hope of the Sierras is pleased to offer programming through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Therapists work closely with you in order to ensure that the decision to receive continuing care services following PHP is made based on what is appropriate for your needs. Additionally, our aftercare coordinator stays in contact with you for six months following discharge from programming and will check in with you at various intervals throughout that time to make sure that your transition has been a smooth and comfortable one.
If you are struggling with bulimia nervosa and would benefit from receiving care that is catered to meet your individual needs, look no further than Center for Hope of the Sierras. We want to help you see the brighter side of tomorrow.