If you have been living with an eating disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder, you have an in-depth understanding of the effects of these disorders that surpasses what most people will ever know about them. You are well aware of the physical pain, the emotional suffering, and the myriad of other ways that these conditions can undermine your efforts to live a productive and satisfying life.
But no matter how familiar you are with the impact of an eating disorder and a co-occurring anxiety disorder, you may not realize one important fact: Your life can get better.
One of the more insidious characteristics of both eating disorders and anxiety disorders is the way that these diseases can make a person feel incapable or unworthy of experiencing health and happiness. But if you are reading this page, then somewhere deep down inside you know that you deserve a better future. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we know that you deserve better, too. Perhaps, even more importantly, we know how to help you find the path that leads out of the pain of your current situation and into the promise of a healthy future.
Enduring the challenges that are posed by an eating disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder takes hope, strength, and courage. Making the choice to get help for those problems requires motivation and determination. The fact that you have made it to this page is proof that you possess these essential qualities. If you choose to heal at Center for Hope, we can help you transform these powerful characteristics into the foundation of a healthier new life.
At Center for Hope, you will actively collaborate with dedicated professionals who are committed to providing you with the personalized care that will allow you to connect with your true inner spirit, overcome your disorder, and achieve your greatest potential.
If you are not sure if the co-occurring disorder you are experiencing is an anxiety disorder, please consider the following:
When an individual is grappling with the often-overwhelming symptoms of an anxiety disorder, being able to achieve long-term healing and recovery from such symptoms and an eating disorder is an undertaking best done with the help of professionals. The symptoms of anxiety disorders, which can include overpowering feelings of worry, apprehension, and fear, have the potential to dictate how a person lives and can amplify the devastating symptoms of an existing eating disorder. Additionally, anxiety can further perpetuate the psychological distortions and unhealthy patterns of eating experienced by sufferers of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. A pivotal thing to know, however, is that both anxiety and eating disorders are treatable through appropriate and effective treatment.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we understand how difficult and overwhelming an eating disorder and a co-occurring anxiety disorder can be, and we have developed specialized treatment programs to help you break free from these conditions and find a better future.
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 and co-occurring conditions such as anxiety disorders. 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 include residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs for adolescent and adult females, ages 16 and up (ages 14 and up for PHP and IOP). We also provide 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.
In addition to treating the specific symptoms of your eating disorder and anxiety disorder, one of our primary objectives is to help you develop 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 the philosophy of intuitive eating, you can develop the greater sense of self-confidence that can be an essential component of your long-term recovery.
When you participate in treatment 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: Depending upon the nature of your anxiety disorder, 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. 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 an eating disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder. 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 an eating disorder and co-occurring anxiety disorder, 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.