Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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The Leading Eating Disorder Treatment Center for Women

Eating disorders are complex illnesses that can have a devastating impact on the life of a young girl or woman. The Mayo Clinic reports that the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. 

Eating disorder symptoms are different for each conditionHowever, in general, when a young girl or woman is living with an eating disorder, they suffer from the compulsion to engage in behaviors such as restricting their food intake or bingeing. Purging after eating and exercising excessively are additional behaviors that an individual who has an eating disorder might struggle with.  

Common Signs & Symptoms of Eating Disorders 

Women and girls may display certain warning signs and symptoms that can indicate they are struggling with an eating disorder. While these behaviors don’t necessarily mean they are suffering from an eating disorder, they may warrant a greater conversation. 

Some eating disorder symptoms and warning signs might include: 

  • Being overly critical of appearance or weight 
  • Worrying about weight gain 
  • Constantly checking appearance in mirror 
  • Making excuses not to eat 
  • Frequently eating unusually large amounts of food 
  • Using the bathroom often during meals 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fainting 
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain 

Prevalence of Eating Disorders 

Experts don’t know the exact cause behind why women and girls develop eating disorders, but genetics, family history, and other personal factors can increase their risk 

Statistics from Eating Disorder Hope reveal just how many women and girls struggle with eating disorders: 

  • Approximately 10 million women in the United States struggle with eating disorders every day. 
  • Half of teenage girls use unhealthy methods to control their weight, such as vomiting, using laxatives, skipping meals, or smoking cigarettes. 
  • A quarter of college-aged women engage in behaviors associated with eating disorders, such as bingeing and purging, to manage their weight. 

Why Seek Eating Disorder Treatment 

If left untreated, an eating disorder can cause significant harm to a woman’s or girl’s life. 

Some of the effects of an untreated eating disorder can include: 

  • Heart or kidney failure 
  • Stomach or digestive problems 
  • Lowered immune functioning 
  • Menstrual problems or infertility 

When you seek treatment for an eating disorder, not only do you minimize your risk of experiencing these harmful effects, but you also start to make positive changes that can impact so many aspects of your life. 

You can become empowered to take back control from the anxieties and compulsions that have kept you from going out to eat at restaurants, shopping at the grocery store, or hanging out with friends. 

Getting eating disorder treatment can also connect you with a community of people who share similar experiences. These individuals can encourage and motivate you as you learn new coping skills and gain greater confidence in your eating disorder recovery. 

Choosing the Right Eating Disorder Treatment 

Recovery from an eating disorder is an individual process, which is why eating disorder treatment should never take a one-size-fits-all approachIt’s essential to find eating disorder treatment that aligns with your recovery goals and meets your individual needs.  

Before you begin treatment at Timberline Knolls, you will complete a detailed assessment that allows our team to gain an understanding of the concerns that led you to seek eating disorder treatment. This assessment forms the basis for your individualized eating disorder treatment plan, which we will tailor to your unique needs and recovery goals.  

Some of the eating disorder treatment options we offer at Timberline Knolls include residential treatment and a partial hospitalization program (PHP) with housing options. 

Residential treatment gives women and girls the opportunity to step away from the stressors and distractions of daily life so they can focus solely on their health and wellness, while our PHP for women offers daylong eating disorder treatment in a more structured setting than traditional outpatient therapy. 

We will help you choose the eating disorder treatment that’s right for you. 

The Eating Disorder Treatment Experience 

We use a combination of evidence-based treatment methods and interventions to help women and adolescent girls achieve successful recovery from a variety of eating disorders. 

Our therapies and treatment modalities help you get to the root of your compulsion to engage in eating disorder behaviors. They also allow you to gain new coping skills that support you when you encounter things that trigger those behaviors. 

Even though we individualize your care to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your time with us, there are certain elements of care that are common among everyone who seeks eating disorder treatment at Timberline Knolls, including:  

  • Group therapy 
  • Experiential therapy 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Family therapy 
  • Meal support 
  • Alumnae services 
  • Detailed discharge planning 

Our expert team works closely with you to determine the most beneficial interventions for your situation, making any necessary updates to your eating disorder treatment plan based on your progress. 

To ensure that you are prepared to continue in your recovery once you leave our eating disorder treatment center, we will create a thorough discharge plan with valuable information that promotes long-term healing. This may include a referral to your next level of care, community-based resources, and eating disorder support groups in your area. 

This content was reviewed and approved by the clinical staff at Timberline Knolls. 

My experience with a nearly six week long stay here was very positive! I learned new behaviors to replace my old destructive ones and achieved sobriety here. All of which I have been able to continue because of my treatment at this facility! I highly recommend this place!

– A former resident
Why Choose Timberline Knolls?
Marks of Quality Care
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Lemont Chamber of Commerce
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval