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Providence Adult Eating Disorders Treatment Program

For more than 25 years, Providence Adult Eating Disorders Treatment Program has helped 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 re-approach treatment, their readiness and the timing of treatment are also considered. Recovery is a process that requires persistence, courage and effective treatment resources.

Services include:

(Participation in the Free Informational Meeting and/or the Diagnostic Evaluation are offered as "stand-alone" services. All other listed services are offered to participants of the Adult Treatment Program.)

  • Diagnostic evaluations - Evaluations address the severity of eating disorder symptoms and the impact they have on the individual’s ability to function. The evaluation interview addresses the history of the disorder, consideration of co-existing medical and psychiatric conditions, and motivational factors. It concludes with treatment recommendations and referrals.

  • Informational meetings - A free informational meeting about eating disorders is held each Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:15. Any interested individual or family member may attend. Clinicians answer questions about treatment and recovery, and they discuss levels of care in this and other community settings.

  • Ongoing physical assessment - Physicians meet with patients regularly to review symptoms and corresponding vital signs, such as weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Program doctors order and interpret lab tests and coordinate care with the patients’ primary care providers about the patients’ health status and recovery processes.

  • Ongoing psychiatric assessment and medication management - Psychiatrists meet with patients to review their primary and secondary diagnoses and treatment progress. The psychiatrists also work actively with patients and program therapists to support patients in changing their problematic behaviors. Medication effectiveness is reviewed regularly, and recommendations may be made for new medications, changes in medication dosages or stopping medications.

  • Eating disorders partial hospital - An intensive, structured full-day program offered five days a week. Patients participate in ongoing physical assessments; meal therapy groups; group and individual therapy; family therapy; nutritional evaluation and counseling; relapse prevention planning; and discharge planning.

  • Group therapy

  • Individual therapy

  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling - Dietitians interview patients, review laboratory data and complete an assessment to determine nutrition risk and establish healthy weight and nutrition goals. Throughout patients’ treatments, the dietitians offer continual feedback and teach the patients about healthy nutrition practices. They support patients’ growth toward healthy eating and weight stabilization.

  • Therapeutic meal groups - Facilitated by therapists, these groups are opportunities for patients to practice healthy eating and symptom management in the structured, supportive and supervised setting of the treatment environment.