If you have been living with an eating disorder and co-occurring obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, then you are well aware of what a devastating impact this combination of conditions can have on your ability to lead a productive and satisfying life.
While you may have developed expert insights into the effects of an eating disorder and co-occurring OCD, you may not realize the following important facts:
- You are not defined by your disorders.
- You can overcome these conditions.
- You deserve health and happiness.
- Center for Hope of the Sierras can help.
At Center for Hope, we know how overwhelming it can be to feel as though you are trapped by recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, and behaviors. Whether your rituals involve repeating words over and over again, repeatedly washing your hands, checking and re-checking that a door has been locked, or another behavior, the struggle can be unimaginably difficult. When OCD co-occurs along with an eating disorder, the potential for considerable emotional distress can increase exponentially.
But we also know that your life can get better. Eating disorders and OCD are treatable conditions. With the proper care, you can find your way back to the path that leads to a healthier, happier, and much more satisfying future. By reading this page, you have demonstrated the hope that you can overcome your disorders, and you have shown the courage to take action. When you combine your efforts, insights, and attitude with the expertise of our experienced treatment professionals, the result may be nothing short of amazing.
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 OCD. 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, and intensive outpatient 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 obsessive-compulsive 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 situations, you may follow a treatment plan that includes the following elements:
Medication management: Depending upon the nature of your OCD, 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 forms 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, Monday to Friday. 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 (Nevada Equine Assisted 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 OCD. 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 obsessive-compulsive disorder, we welcome each person who 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.