If you are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, also known as BPD, in addition to an eating disorder, you are likely aware of how these two conditions can cause a great deal of turmoil in your life. However, you are still capable of a bright future that is not dictated by BPD and an eating disorder. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we want to instill positive beliefs and help you achieve the healthy life you deserve. We recognize and honor the strength required to seek help, and our dedicated and compassionate staff is committed to walking with you as you move into a happier and healthier future.
Unfortunately, borderline personality disorder frequently occurs alongside eating disorders. BPD is a mental illness that is defined by emotional fluctuations and intense feelings of instability. The inner turmoil that people with BPD suffer from can lead to them acting out, sometimes in the form of unhealthy eating patterns. In this way, BPD and eating disorders can negatively feed off one other, as increased feelings of instability can result in a strong desire to alter one’s appearance by eating too much or avoiding eating all together. Although the instability and struggles with eating can feel powerful, they are not your whole story; you are more than your symptoms.
Thankfully, borderline personality disorder can be addressed through treatment. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we recognize the potential for healing that surrounds the presence of eating disorders and co-occurring BPD, and have therefore created specialized programming that is designed to meet your precise needs as you progress through the process of healing from these disorders.
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. In addition to being a world-class eating disorder treatment center, our knowledgeable staff members are fully trained and qualified to treat an array of co-occurring conditions, including borderline personality disorder.
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Center for Hope offers residential treatment for female adolescents and adults, ages 16 and older, and outpatient treatment for male and female adolescents and adults, ages 14 and older. When you are suffering from the symptoms of borderline personality disorder in addition to symptoms of an eating disorder, the highly skilled staff at Center for Hope can provide individualized treatment that is tailored to meet your specific needs.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by lush lawns and gorgeous trees, residential treatment at Center for Hope is offered in a beautiful, country-style home that sets the stage for a serene place to begin the healing process. In this comfortable setting, you are provided with the opportunity to work with supportive staff members who dedicate themselves to creating a welcoming environment that is truly conducive to healing and lasting recovery. In keeping with our mission to meet individual needs, we are pleased to be one of very few eating disorder residential treatment programs that are able to provide for the dietary needs of individuals with celiac disease, and we are happy to accommodate you if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.
At Center for Hope, our treatment program is centered around the intuitive eating philosophy. We believe that food is merely fuel for our bodies, and therefore the best way we can love and honor our bodies is by providing them with the fuel they need. By developing an “ear” to listen to our bodies’ signals about when they are hungry and when they are full, we seek to remove a dieting mentality and replace it with an appreciation of the individual needs of each person’s body. We believe intuitive eating restores joy and balance to eating and will provide you with a solid foundation for lifelong healthy eating practices.
When you participate in residential programming at Center for Hope, you may engage in the following therapeutic interventions in order to address your eating disorder and co-occurring BPD:
Medication management: If you are suffering from co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to an eating disorder, you may benefit from the implementation of certain psychotropic medications into your overall treatment plan. The use of any medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. You have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once a week, and registered nurses are available to handle all medication management services.
Individual therapy: You will meet with your primary therapists for individual therapy sessions three times each week. These one-to-one sessions are designed to be a time for you to process through your experiences in treatment and discuss any concerns that you have in a private, confidential setting.
Group therapy: One of the core components of treatment at Center for Hope is group therapy. Led by therapists and social workers, you will participate in two to three groups each day, Monday through Friday. The specific types of groups and the topics discussed in those groups will vary, but may include the following:
- Anxiety management
- Co-occurring disorders
- Family systems
- Life skills
- Mindful eating
- Body image
- Music and art appreciation
- Recovery maintenance
- Process group
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a well-rounded approach to treatment, you are provided with multiple opportunities to engage in experiential therapies every week. These therapies are designed to expand upon the more traditional therapies offered and may include the following:
- Creative expressions
- Music appreciation
- Cooking class
- Yoga (offered 1-2 times per week)
- Equine therapy (Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy offered on a weekly basis)
Recognizing that comprehensive treatment does not end when residential care is complete, Center for Hope of the Sierras is pleased to offer a full continuum of outpatient treatment services. Including both a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program, these outpatient services are designed to ensure that you receive the support you need to continue on your journey to recovery. Therapists will collaborate with you during your stay in the residential program to make sure that you are comfortable with the transition process into your next level of care. Additionally, Center for Hope’s aftercare coordinator will check in with you in consistent intervals for up to six months following your discharge.
If you are suffering from borderline personality disorder, while also battling the symptoms of an eating disorder, look no further than Center for Hope of the Sierras. Here, you will receive compassionate care in a supportive environment that will help you remain on the path to lasting recovery.