Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

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Adolescent Growth offers three tiers of treatment in our eating disorder program.  Clients are thoroughly interviewed and evaluated and placed in residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), or an intensive outpatient program (IOP) according to their needs.

If you are looking for help for your child, please complete our Eating Disorders Pre-Admission Questionnaire and one of our Admissions Counselors will get back to you with an evaluation within the next business day.

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What are eating disorders?

An eating disorder is a behavioral problem that rests on a foundation of emotional suffering.  At Adolescent Growth we target your teen’s maladaptive behaviors while paying special attention to the foundation on which they rest. There can be no recovery while the underlying issues remain unexplored.

Clients with eating disorders have many hurdles to face. They must re-establish their relationship with food and also with their bodies and their minds.  Our approach to treating this complex issue employs comprehensive treatment modalities designed to help teenagers break free of the thoughts and feelings that trouble them and fuel their disorder.

Eating disorder sufferers are often in denial about the degree to which they are able to manage their eating behaviors.  It is only when those maladaptive behaviors are interrupted that the teen is able to see that they are truly in need of help.

How are eating disorders treated?

Teens who suffer with eating disorders require specialized treatment.  Our six bed facility located in Southern California connects adolescents with top eating disorder clinicians.  It is a safe space for the adolescent to work through their emotional and behavioral problems free of outside influences.  They will receive round the clock support from our highly trained staff as well as meet other teens who are struggling with the same issues and heal together.

As with all of our programs, parents are regarded as invaluable components of their child’s recovery.  Parents are an integral part of the client’s individualized treatment plan and family is strongly encouraged to participate in our weekend family restoration workshops.  Parent support groups and family therapy sessions are also available.

We are in-network preferred providers with most major insurance companies.  Families who choose to fund treatment without insurance can expect to receive a manageable rate to ensure their child gets the help they need.

Types of eating disorders

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa, often simply referred to as anorexia, is a condition characterized by a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. People who suffer from anorexia employ extreme measures to remain underweight.  Adolescents who suffer from anorexia commonly misuse laxatives and diuretics, self-induce vomiting (known as purging), exercise excessively, restrict their food intake and more.

Anorexia patients are terrified of gaining weight and often have a distorted body image.  Due to the health risks of being underweight, clients must be granted clearance by a medical doctor before they may enter treatment.  Upon entering our facility the adolescent will be thoroughly evaluated and an individualized treatment plan will be executed.  A team of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed therapists, nurses, a dietitian and other consulting clinicians will design this plan and monitor your child throughout their treatment.  A detailed discharge plan will be developed and alumni support and resources are available.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa, often  simply referred to as Bulimia, is a pattern of eating large amounts of food followed by frantic efforts to reverse the large consumption of calories.  This is known as a binge/purge cycle.  Binging is a behavior wherein the sufferer eats uncontrollably and often feels that they are unable to moderate their food intake.  Purging includes self-induced vomiting, excessive use of enemas, laxative abuse, diuretics and/or extreme exercise.

At Adolescent Growth we skillfully interrupt the binge/purge cycle and replace those maladaptive behaviors with effective ones.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques are taught to equip your teenager with the coping skills they need to control their harmful behaviors.  Meditation, mindfulness and yoga are taught in order to help adolescents regulate emotions and cope with stress in a healthy manner.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is condition wherein the sufferer is unable to control their food intake.  A teen with Binge Eating Disorder will frequently “binge” on food in a manner that leaves them feeling as if they have no control.  The out-of-control binge is followed by feelings of extreme guilt, shame and self consciousness.  BED frequently leads to obesity although it can occur in normal weight individuals as well.

Our tripartite treatment for binge eating disorder addresses the following concerns:

  • Cessation of destructive eating patterns.
  • Resolving underlying emotional issues that exacerbate the desire for food.
  • Acquisition of necessary coping skills for maintaining healthful habits.

If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, please read our warning signs page for more information.  If you are ready to get help, call us now at 888-948-9998.