Compulsive Overeating Treatment Center


We offer a wide variety of treatment programs and options in order to provide an individualized recovery environment for everyone who chooses to heal with us

Center for Hope of the Sierras helps transform the lives of males and females struggling with compulsive overeating. Located in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Center for Hope is the premier provider of eating disorder treatment for children, adolescents and adults of all genders.

Compulsive Overeating Treatment

Learn more about compulsive overeating treatment at Center for Hope of the Sierras in Nevada

Compulsive overeating refers to a pattern of behaviors in which individuals engage in excessive food consumption as a means of filling an inner emotional void or to cope with stressors or problems that are occurring within their daily lives. People who eat compulsively are typically considered to have an addiction to food in that, despite not necessarily wanting to eat in the manner that they do, they find that they are unable to stop. For this reason, professional intervention is often necessary in order to put an end to this behavior.

At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we recognize the anguish that can come with compulsive overeating behaviors and have therefore created specialized programming that is designed to help individuals overcome the obsessions, compulsions, and cognitive distortions that drive these people to continue engaging in this type of behavior.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for compulsive overeating

Having a family member or loved one who is engaging in compulsive overeating can be difficult to watch. Not only are you concerned about the damage that your loved one is doing to his or her health, but you are also concerned about the emotional strife that accompanies his or her behaviors. Although you cannot force your loved one to change his or her behaviors, there are some things that you can do to help. Consider the following:

  • Educate yourself about compulsive overeating and food addiction. The more knowledge you have about this condition, the better support you can be to your loved one. Additionally, the knowledge that you gain can help you better empathize with what your loved one is going through.
  • Confront your loved one with your concerns. Identify specific behaviors that are eliciting your concern and explain why you want to help.
  • Avoid being critical and refrain from lecturing. Your loved one is already experiencing significant feelings of shame and guilt as a result of his or her behaviors. Any criticism that is directed at him or her will only be counterproductive in that it is likely to only cause your loved one to feel worse about him or herself, causing him or her to turn to food to help ease the emotional pain.
  • Refrain from making any comments about your loved one’s physical appearance.
  • Research treatment options and then explore those options with your loved one, helping him or her to find a program that will best meet his or her unique needs.
  • Remain unconditionally supportive. Even once treatment has begun, the road to full recovery can be a long one.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for compulsive overeating at Center for Hope of the Sierras in Nevada

When individuals chronically engage in compulsive eating behaviors, they are placing themselves at risk for experiencing a number of detrimental effects. The guilt and shame that often accompany these behaviors can become progressively exacerbated, and individuals may begin to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety. Additionally, consistently and compulsively consuming immense amounts of food can produce negative effects on the physical health of individuals as well. For example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, and heart disease have all been known to occur in people who compulsively overeat. In addition to those effects, these individuals are susceptible to bone deterioration and experiencing the onset of subsequent arthritis as well. Furthermore, sleep apnea is common among people who battle with the compulsion to overeat, which can introduce a whole host of new concerns. Fortunately, however, when these individuals choose to take part in treatment, they are able to prevent these detrimental effects from occurring.

Types of Treatment

Types of compulsive overeating treatment offered at Center for Hope of the Sierras in Nevada

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 the compulsion to overeat, as well as any co-occurring conditions. 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 for the care of compulsive overeating 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. We are one of the very few programs in the nation that provide specialized treatment for individuals who are dealing with diabulimia. We also accept clients who follow vegetarian or vegan diets and can accommodate clients with Celiac’s Disease.

Additionally, at Center for Hope, we incorporate a philosophy of intuitive eating into our treatment programming, and it is our goal to have each client leave treatment being an intuitive, mindful eater. As part of this philosophy, we strive to help clients get rid of the diet mentality so that they can embrace how food helps fuel their body, while also gaining an understanding of how maintaining appropriate nutrition can help them respect their bodies and honor their health. We have found that by adhering to this philosophy, clients can develop a greater sense of self-confidence as they successfully overcome the eating disorder symptoms that plague them.

All clients who participate in treatment for compulsive overeating at Center for Hope receive comprehensive care that has been personalized to meet their specific needs. Depending upon their unique situations, clients may follow treatment plans that include the following elements:

Medication management: Clients who are battling both the compulsion to overeat and a co-occurring mental health condition may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into their treatment plans. For these clients, our medication management services include weekly meetings with a psychiatrist and ongoing medication management provided by registered nurses.

Individual therapy: Residential clients will receive three individual therapy sessions each week with their primary therapist. These individual sessions provide a valuable opportunity for clients to process any successes or setbacks that they have experienced, as well as address any questions or concerns that they have about their treatment.

Family therapy: With an understanding of the important role that family members can play in the treatment of and recovery from compulsive overeating, we provide residential clients and their families with the opportunity to participate in one family therapy session each week with the client’s primary therapist. These sessions may take place either in person or over the phone. We also host a Family Day every month, which features groups, training, lunch, and personal time for clients to visit with their loved ones.

Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the fundamental forms of treatment at Center for Hope. Groups allow clients to share their insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice the new skills that will support long-term recovery from compulsive overeating. Residential clients 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:

  • Music and art appreciation
  • Life skills
  • Family systems
  • Anxiety management
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Mindful eating
  • Body image
  • DBT
  • ACT
  • Process group
  • Recovery maintenance

Experiential therapies: Experiential therapy provides clients with the opportunity to engage in activity-oriented experiences that may incorporate recreation or active education into the therapeutic process. Every week, residential clients at Center for Hope have several opportunities to participate in experiential therapies such as the following:

  • Equine therapy (Nevada Assisted Equine Therapy offered once each week)
  • Music appreciation
  • Creative expressions
  • Cooking class
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Yoga (offered one to two times per week)

At Center for Hope, we understand that residential care is just one step in the long-term process of recovering from compulsive overeating. To ensure that our clients are able to successfully maintain and build upon the progress that they make with us, we begin planning for life after discharge the day that a client starts treatment.

Depending upon the client’s specific objectives, as well as the progress that he or she makes 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 clients have the support they need to make a healthy and productive transition, our staff aftercare coordinator follows up with all clients 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 compulsive overeating, we welcome each person 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 and the comprehensive care we offer for the treatment of compulsive overeating, 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 or your loved one.

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The staff at Center for Hope saved me from my eating disorder. I am so thankful for each and every one of them.

– Anonymous Client