Located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Center for Hope of the Sierras is an ideal place for adults and adolescents, ages 16 and above, to heal from eating disorders. Center for Hope is one of the few comprehensive residential eating disorder programs that offer a specialized treatment track for men with eating disorders.
Since the day we opened in 2003, Center for Hope has been committed to helping men get the treatment they need for eating disorders. Although eating disorders have been stereotypically associated with women, the truth is that many men struggle with them as well. We believe that the men in our care are more than just the disorders they battle. Instead, they are unique individuals who are capable of truly transforming their lives for the better. As a result, we provide the kind of treatment that can enable men to overcome eating disorders and live their lives to the fullest capactity.
Our treatments are designed to provide the individualized support that will give men in our care the best possible chance of healing. Our approach centers on viewing food as no more than fuel for our bodies. This mindset instills in our clients a desire to honor their bodies by providing them with the nourishment they need to be healthy. As a result, we remove the anxiety and self-doubt from eating and help our clients develop a healthy relationship with food.
The core of our residential treatment program is based upon the Intuitive Eating nutrition philosophy. Led by Dr. Lorraine Platka-Bird, our nutrition program helps individuals to reconnect their body, mind, and emotions, and listen to the signals that their bodies are sending them. By removing value judgments around food and eating, individuals can restore a healthy relationship with eating and can find freedom from eating disorders.
Center for Hope is also one of the few treatment centers in the United States that provides specialized treatment for individuals who are struggling with diabulimia, a form of unhealthy weight control among individuals who have diabetes. All of our staff members are trained to care for people with diabetes, and we check our clients’ blood sugars and carbohydrate ratios at each meal. We also provide special diabetes groups each week and activities tailored to individuals with diabetes.
While not many treatment centers in the country accept individuals who follow vegan or vegetarian diets, Center for Hope welcomes these people, as well as those who have celiac disease.
Residential care at Center for Hope takes place in a 10-bed house with a spacious, open floor plan in a comfortable environment. We provide a number of interventions designed specifically to help men get the help they need to overcome eating disorders. Some of these interventions include:
Medication management: Some men experience other mental health disorders that co-occur with their primary eating disorder. For these individuals, we are happy to provide medication management services to help these individuals with any medication needs they may have.
Individual therapy: One of the primary cornerstones of our residential program, individual therapy gives men a chance to have uninterrupted time with a trained therapist three times per week. During individual therapy sessions, men have the opportunity to share their successes and setbacks and receive support and encouragement as they continue along the path to greater health. The therapy relationship is a unique relationship and has been a critical part of many men’s journeys through treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the foundation upon which our treatment is built. Groups allow individuals to share their insights, support and be supported by others, learn from others’ experiences, and restore a healthy relationship with food that will continue even after treatment is completed. In the men’s residential treatment program, we offer groups that cover a number of different topics, including:
- Recovery maintenance
- Process groups
- Co-occurring disorders
- Life skills
- Family systems
- Body image
- Music and art appreciation
- Mindful eating
- Anxiety management
Experiential therapies: In addition to individual therapy and groups, we offer a number of opportunities for men to engage their bodies and minds in activities as a part of the therapeutic process. Each week, residents can participate in a number of experiential therapies, including:
- Cooking class
- Music appreciation
- Equine therapy (Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is offered weekly)
- Creative expressions
We recognize that residential care is only the first step on the road to health for many men. As a result, we plan for each individual’s discharge beginning from the first day of treatment. Additionally, we are proud to offer a number of continuing care options. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) can allow men to step down gradually from residential care back into their everyday lives, while also ensuring that they have the best possible chance of building upon the gains they made in residential treatment. This step-down model of care gives men the best possible chance of long-term healing from eating disorders, and the best opportunity to restore a healthy relationship with eating.
If you or someone you love my benefit from our men’s residential care program, do not hesitate to contact us. Members of our admissions team are happy to answer any questions you may have about our center and the types of treatment that we offer. With only one phone call, you or your loved one could be on a path to a healthier relationship with food, and find freedom from eating disorders.