What is a Residential Treatment Center?
A Safe, Tranquil Place for Healing and Recovery
Residential treatment allows women to focus their full attention on understanding themselves, and making life changes that haven't previously been possible.
Timberline Knolls - like other leading residential treatment centers for eating disorders, drug abuse and alcoholism, PTSD / trauma, and other cooccurring disorders - encourages every family to consider whether a lower level of care can meet their needs.
When a less structured setting fails to help a woman to alleviate her symptoms and make progress in treatment, specialists often recommend inpatient or residential treatment. The fully integrated, 24-hour therapeutic support provided by a residential treatment center can succeed where other options may have failed.
Comprehensive Clinical Support
A residential treatment center provides women with a supportive peer group that understands the emotional challenges of recovering from anorexia, bulimia, and alcohol abuse or drug dependence. By living together with continuous therapeutic support from clinical staff, residents learn to practice making healthy decisions when they experience feelings that accompany their eating disorder, addiction, or trauma.
The support our clinical staff provides during group and individual therapy, during meals and experiential activities and during a resident's personal time is consistent and fully-informed of each woman's symptoms and challenges. This individualized support helps a woman learn to be mindful of feelings like anger, sadness, fear or shame, and to begin to experience the joy she once knew in her life. Long-term immersion in this recovering community builds a woman's confidence that she can practice recovery skills when she returns to her home, or to another less structured living environment.
Opportunities for Lifelong Friendships
Living and learning together with her peers at a residential treatment center provides a woman with a peer group and opportunities to build transformative, lifelong friendships. Some rehab centers for addiction and eating disorders may have fewer than 10 participants, which can limit opportunities to connect with peers with similar symptoms and life experiences. At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, our larger therapeutic community allows residents to become aware, learn and even practice new recovery skills in a more realistic living environment.
How Does Residential Treatment Address The Root Causes of Relapses?
Women who have suffered repeated relapses also benefit from the rigorous, collaborative approach at a residential treatment center. This begins even before a woman is admitted to Timberline Knolls, and continues throughout her stay.
Effective Information Sharing
Close collaboration among the medical, clinical and support staff is one of the distinguishing benefits of leading residential treatment centers like Timberline Knolls. Successful treatment also requires communication among the Timberline Knolls treatment staff and the resident, her loved ones, and her home treatment providers. Our reputation for fostering a collaborative partnership among these parties is one of the reasons leading outpatient treatment specialists recommend Timberline Knolls to patients who need more intensive, therapeutic support.
Coordination and 24-hour observation allows our staff to gather information that is not available to outpatient treatment providers, and to recognize symptoms of co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders are mental health conditions that often co-exist and interact with an addiction or eating disorder, and they frequently lie at the root of repeated relapses for many women who come to Timberline Knolls.
Rigorous Pre-admission Screening
Assessment of a woman's treatment needs begins in our admissions review. Licensed admissions counselors will ask both the woman and her family about her eating disorder, addiction or co-occurring disorder symptoms; issues with friends and family; and challenges in school or work. With her permission, we will seek input from previous treatment providers, and her school, when applicable. This diligent approach assures that a woman's treatment team has all relevant information about her medical and psychiatric history, past treatment progress, and key obstacles to recovery from her eating disorder or other psychiatric illness.
Once a woman is admitted to Timberline Knolls, she receives a thorough evaluation by members of our multi-disciplinary treatment team:
- Primary therapist
- Family therapist
- Psychiatrist (MD)
- Internal medicine physician (MD)
- Nutrition therapist (RD)
- Eating disorders and/or addiction specialist
Each treatment team member's findings are reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about effective treatment for addiction, depression, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders is integrated into each woman's treatment plan.
Taking Ownership of Treatment
Our staff feels that it is vital for each resident to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the very beginning. Once the treatment team formulates their initial objectives and recommendations, a woman's first care conference will be scheduled. The woman will provide her input and feedback, and sign off on her initial treatment plan. Held weekly throughout her stay, care conferences are attended by a woman's primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. These individualized conferences encourage a woman to provide input and feedback to her entire treatment team at once. Care conferences also allow her team to help her choose the most clinically beneficial electives to complete her therapeutic program.
Looking Forward to Recovery
In addition to the weekly care conference, treatment team members also work informally with lodge staff to monitor progress and symptoms, and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. Team members consult each other as often as needed to plan for the next stage of treatment. They also coordinate with her discharge planner to plan for a successful transition from our residential treatment center to a lower level of care, or to her home.
Community Provides New Perspectives on Recovery
Timberline Knolls knows that more often than not women and adolescent girls suffer from co-occurring disorders, many of which are brought to light during treatment. Because of this, we treat a variety of disorders, including eating disorders, addiction and mood disorders. This creates a diverse resident population, which we believe helps residents realize they are not alone in their struggles, and that even women with different symptoms have similar underlying emotional issues and similar life experiences. This broad perspective on recovery serves as a life-long asset to woman and girls as they recover from the symptoms of their primary disorders and respond to new challenges in the future.
Collaboration Extends to the Classroom
A residential treatment center is also distinguished from other drug rehab centers or eating disorder treatment programs by fully integrated therapeutic schooling. Effective treatment for adolescents must address not only the challenges a young woman faces at home with her family, but also those in the classroom. Timberline Knolls Academy, our school, allows educational achievement for women regardless of the level of schooling they are pursuing. Our staff is trained to support women from ages 12 all the way through college graduation.