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 control, Timberline 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 eating disorders, such as 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 programming, the 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 a Christian treatment track, The Grace Program, for residents who are seeking a faith-based approach to treatment. Your 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.