You are not alone.
If you have been living with an eating disorder and also dealing with the compulsion to engage in self-harm, you may feel as though you are isolated and/or beyond help. We hope you understand that having these feelings is a common experience among people who are dealing with similar issues, but they can be overcome. The disorders that you are dealing with are complex challenges, but they are far from insurmountable. At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we understand the fears and frustrations that you are dealing with, and we want you to know that a happier and healthier future is much closer than you realize.
As you are well aware, the impact of untreated self-harm can be devastating. Also known as self-injury or self-mutilation, these behaviors can include cutting, burning, scraping, picking at skin, hitting oneself, intentionally breaking one’s bones, or ingesting harmful substances, such as detergent or bleach. When you engage in self-harming behaviors, you are likely doing so as a means of dealing with inner pain and emotional turmoil that you do not know how else to manage. Through the act of inflicting physical pain, you are able to not only view your emotional pain in physical form, but you are also able to control the type and intensity of the pain that you are experiencing.
At Center for Hope, we can help you to develop healthy coping skills that can alleviate the urge to engage in self-harm.
When you choose to heal with us, you will enter into active collaboration with talented and experienced professionals whose skills are equaled only by their dedication. At Center for Hope, we believe that people who are dealing with an eating disorder and also engaging in self-harm are unique, talented, and creative individuals who have become disconnected from their true inner spirit. While providing you with world-class care in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, we will work closely with you to help you reconnect with your emotions and sense of self and, once again, begin to live a healthy, meaningful, and satisfying life.
Self-harming behaviors are often present in individuals who struggle with eating disorders, which can cause further despair in their lives. Self-injury can quickly become an addictive behavior and, oftentimes, individuals will have difficulty ceasing the behavior without professional intervention. When self-mutilation occurs in conjunction with an eating disorder, it is imperative that treatment is sought in order to prevent devastating outcomes.
At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we recognize the sensitivity that surrounds your compulsion to self-harm. We also understand how the presence of self-injurious behaviors and eating disorders together can cause monumental strife in your life. For this reason, we have devised specialized programming that has been specifically designed to help you overcome these challenges and resume your pursuit of the healthy future that you both desire and deserve.
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 related issues, such as self-harm. 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 compulsion to engage in self-harm, 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, your treatment plan may include the following elements:
Medication management: Specific to your needs, 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 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 the compulsion to engage in self-harm. 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.
We respect the courage that it takes to enter treatment for an eating disorder and self-harm, and we welcome each person who chooses to heal at Center for Hope of the Sierras, 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.