For more than 25 years, Providence Eating Disorders Treatment Program has been helping patients recover from anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders.
Our treatment process begins with a thorough clinical assessment to address current and past eating practices and the physical and emotional consequences of these practices. This includes the evaluation of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and substance use, as well as lifestyle factors, such as social support from family and friends. As patients approach or reapproach treatment, we also consider their readiness and the timing of treatment.
Recovery is a process that requires persistence, courage and effective treatment resources. Intensive treatment within the partial hospital program addresses strategies for change, helps patients identify and manage their underlying feelings, and promotes honest self-exploration and accountability.
It is best to involve family and friends from the beginning of treatment because social support is essential to providing effective treatment and preventing relapse. Families participate in individual and group meetings each week. Individual family meetings encourage family members to talk openly about and support healthy management of symptoms. Multi-family groups address concerns common to most families.
Physical recovery is continually monitored through indicators such as vital signs, weight and laboratory tests. As progress occurs, patients practice new skills by spending progressively more time in their home and community settings and less time in treatment. This pattern helps patients build confidence in their ability to manage symptoms in a normal lifestyle setting.
Transitioning from treatment is assessed, planned and negotiated with patients and family members. Typically this occurs after several weeks of behavior stabilization. As patients progress toward recovery, they move toward outpatient therapy in their community setting. Our staff members assist with referral to experienced clinicians, as needed.