If you have been living with diabulimia, then you are well aware of what a devastating impact this disorder can have on your life. For many people, the pain and frustration of diabulimia can distort their perception and trick them into believing that there is no escape. By visiting this website and reading this page, though, you are demonstrating that you have not fallen into this trap. By taking the important step of researching how you can get help for this disorder, you are also showing that you possess the two qualities that will play an essential role in your successful recovery: courage and hope.
We respect the strength you have shown, we appreciate the efforts that you have already made, and we are honored that you have chosen to learn more about the many ways that Center for Hope of the Sierras may be able to help you.
At Center for Hope, we understand that many people who are struggling with Type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder are unique and creative individuals who have lost the connection with their true inner spirit. If you choose to heal with us, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of talented and dedicated professionals whose sole focus is to help you overcome the obstacles that have been preventing you from reestablishing this connection with your inner spirit and living the healthier and happier life that you both desire and deserve.
If you are still in the process of determining if treatment for diabulimia is the right decision, please consider the following:
Diabulimia, which is a combination of the words diabetes and bulimia, refers to the intentional under-use of insulin by individuals who have Type 1 diabetes in order to prevent weight gain. When a person who has Type 1 diabetes does not inject himself or herself with an adequate amount of insulin, his or her body will be incapable of storing glucose, which will inhibit weight gain. This is a dangerous form of weight control, as insulin deficiency can also lead to blindness, heart failure, and damage to the nerves and kidneys.
Though diabulimia is not classified as an eating disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition), or DSM-5, depriving oneself of insulin for purposes of weight control is a form of medication misuse, which is listed as a recurrent, improper, compensatory behavior in the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria for bulimia.
If the symptoms and behaviors above are familiar to you, please know that Center for Hope of the Sierras may have the solutions that you have been searching for. Our innovative and effective programming will provide you with the help you need to achieve long-term recovery, and our dedication to compassionate care will ensure that your treatment experience is conducted in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
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 disorders such as diabulimia. Housed in a beautiful, 10-bed, country-style home in a quiet neighborhood, Center for Hope offers a nurturing and supportive environment in which you can work in close collaboration with experienced professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their compassion and commitment.
Our treatment options for the care of diabulimia 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.
Intuitive eating is a fundamental element of treatment at Center for Hope. As you progress through treatment for diabulimia, we will help you develop the ability to be an intuitive, mindful eater. As you learn to embrace how food helps fuel your body, overcome the diet mentality, and gain an appreciation for how maintaining appropriate nutrition can help you respect your body and honor your health, you will develop the greater sense of self-confidence that can be an essential component of long-term recovery from diabulimia.
When you participate in treatment for diabulimia at Center for Hope, you will receive comprehensive care that has been personalized to meet your specific needs. Depending upon their unique situations, you may follow treatment plans that include the following elements:
Medication management: Clients whose eating disorders are accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into their treatment plans. For clients who have diabulimia, this includes blood sugar monitoring and testing, as well as insulin administration. Medication management services include weekly meetings with a psychiatrist and ongoing medication management provided by registered nurses.
Individual therapy: During your residential treatment you will receive 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 from diabulimia. 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 diabulimia. 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 diabulimia, 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.