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 Anorexia Treatment Center for Women & Girls

Recognizing that you need treatment for anorexia nervosa can be challenging, but it is also a great act of bravery. When you realize that your health and wellness are suffering from a disease that is hard to controlTimberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is here for you and ready to provide the treatment you deserve so that you can have a fresh start. 

The Benefits of Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa 

Getting treatment for anorexia nervosa can have endless benefits for your physical health, relationships, and overall mental and emotional well-being. 

When you get treatment for anorexia, you begin making changes that will positively impact your life. You can develop coping tools that will help ease anxieties about things like going to the grocery store, going out to eat with family and friends, and attending social events. Your life will no longer feel overpowered by thoughts of food and behaviors toward eating. 

Getting anorexia treatment can also help you understand that you are not alone. You will receive help and encouragement as you develop a healthy relationship with food, rebuild your body, and find confidence that you are stronger than anorexia. 

Choosing the Right Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa 

There are many options for anorexia treatment, so you must choose what is right for you and your needs. Your experiences with anorexia are different from those of other women and girls, and the treatment you get must reflect that. 

Examples of treatment options at Timberline Knolls include residential treatment and partial hospitalization programming (PHP). 

Residential treatment benefits women and girls who are suffering from anorexia by providing them with a trauma-informed approach to care that includes individualized programmingthe support of a multidisciplinary staff, and many additional support services. When you find yourself in moments of wanting to refuse food or limit the specific type of food you’re going to eat, you have someone readily available to help you process those emotions. 

PHP offers daylong, structured treatment that helps women who are struggling with anorexia begin to apply their coping skills in real-life settings, with the option of returning home at the end of the day or taking advantage of our on-campus housing. 

After speaking with you and gaining a full understanding of your needs, our team will help you decide which option is best for you. 

Why Choose Our Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Center 

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center stands out from other anorexia treatment centers in several ways. Our female-only treatment programs are designed specifically for women and girls, offering a uniquely customized experience from the start.  

Spirituality is a core component of our treatment and is integrated into all aspects of care at Timberline Knolls. Even experiential groups such as yoga therapy allow our residents to connect with the divine light that exists underneath their diagnoses and pain. We have an on-campus, nondenominational chaplain available to residents and staff for comfort, support, spiritual guidance, and restoration. We also offer Christian treatment track, The Grace Program, for residents who are seeking a faith-based approach to treatmentYour experience at our treatment center will be completely individualized to address your specific needs. Our team takes great pride in ensuring that your time in anorexia treatment is fully catered to you so that you can leave with the confidence of knowing that you have found real recovery.  

The length of time you spend in treatment will be based on your needs and treatment goals. 

The Steps of Treatment 

Treatment can be a very robust process, and the most general steps are listed below, with more information available here. 

  • Initial call with an admissions counselor 
  • In-depth over-the-phone screenings 
  • Admissions process 
  • Introduction to campus, staff, and other residents 
  • Medical and psychological evaluations 
  • Development of an individualized anorexia treatment plan 
  • Acclimation to the anorexia treatment process 

Therapies Used to Treat Anorexia Nervosa 

To successfully treat anorexia, there needs to be a combination of treatment methods used. Each approach works differently for women and young girls who are struggling with anorexia. For that reason, we include a variety of evidence-based and experiential therapies in each woman’s or girl’s anorexia treatment plan. 

Evidence-based therapies help you process your experiences with anorexia, the things that trigger your behaviors and negative thought processes, and any underlying circumstances that may contribute to your struggles. 

Examples of the types of therapies we use at our anorexia treatment center include: 

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) 
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Group therapy 
  • Family therapy  
  • Art therapy 
  • Dance/movement therapy 
  • 12-Step recovery principles  

Medications may also be used during anorexia treatment if you are struggling with other mental health or addiction concerns. The use of medication is determined on a case-by-case basis, and only if you agree.  

The Impact of Untreated Anorexia Nervosa 

Choosing to not receive treatment for anorexia nervosa can have devastating consequences. In addition to causing a decline in physical health and broken relationships, untreated anorexia nervosa can be fatal. 

But anorexia doesn’t have to win. You can overcome this disease. Let us support you along the way. 

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

Going to Timberline Knolls was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I highly recommend you go here for treatment! You will come out knowing how to cope better with life!

– 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