Best Treatment Options & Levels of Care for Anorexia

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides comprehensive care for women and girls who are struggling with anorexia nervosa. Timberline Knolls delivers compassionate, comprehensive treatment so that the journey to healing from anorexia can begin.

What Levels of Care are Available for Treating Anorexia Nervosa?

Explore the levels of care for anorexia treatment at Timberline Knolls

The first step in appropriately addressing the symptoms of anorexia nervosa is to identify which level of care and treatment modalities will best meet your needs.

Residential treatment is frequently the most optimal level of care when working to recover from anorexia nervosa. In a residential setting, you have support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are able to step away from the stresses of everyday life and truly focus on yourself and your recovery from anorexia. You are surrounded by other women and girls who are battling anorexia, which allows you to give and receive help and encouragement on an ongoing basis. Staff members who specialize in providing care for women and girls with anorexia nervosa are available round-the-clock to help you work through challenges as they arise and process any concerns or struggles you are experiencing. Additionally, being in a residential setting can eliminate exposure to triggers that may cause you to engage in anorexic behaviors. The length of stay in residential care at Timberline Knolls ranges between 30 and 60 days, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Due to the severe health risks that are associated with anorexia nervosa, there are times when acute inpatient care may be necessary. At Timberline Knolls, our residents must have medical clearance before they can enter our programming. This means that if your BMI is critically low, or if your vitals are not stable, you must first receive the medical attention you need. By receiving care in an acute inpatient setting, both your medical needs and your psychological needs can be attended to. Acute inpatient care offers a safe and secure environment for achieving stabilization and preparing to move into a lower level of care. If you require inpatient care, our staff can make appropriate referrals and ensure a smooth transition to and from our campus.

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is an ideal option for you if you are struggling with anorexia nervosa and need a higher level of care than that which is offered in traditional outpatient therapy, but your needs do not require the 24/7 supervision provided by residential or inpatient anorexia programs. PHP meets five days a week, offering six hours of group therapeutic support per day. At Timberline Knolls, we offer PHP for women age 18 and older who are struggling with anorexia.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) serves as a middle point between PHP and traditional outpatient care. These programs typically meet for a few hours a day, two or three times per week. If IOP can benefit you as you continue to work towards recovery from anorexia, we can provide appropriate referrals as part of your discharge plan.

Traditional outpatient care usually consists of one-on-one meetings with an individual therapist. These meetings happen in a private and confidential setting, yet are strictly held on an outpatient basis. The frequency of these meetings is based on your specific needs.

Anorexia support groups can be immensely beneficial to you as you continue on your recovery journey. These types of groups can be found both within communities and in online forums. Our staff is happy to help you find anorexia support groups in your area or on appropriate online media platforms.

What is Effective Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?

Understanding effective care for anorexia treatment

The only way to successfully treat anorexia nervosa is to use a fully comprehensive, integrated approach to care. For this reason, we provide a variety of treatment options that are used throughout one’s time with us, all of which have proven to be effective in helping women and girls recover from anorexia.

When you are suffering from anorexia, you are struggling with distorted thought patterns that negatively impact the behaviors you engage in. In order to begin healing, you must become aware of what those thought patterns are and learn how to alter them. By focusing on the cognitive aspects of why anorexia occurs, you begin to take control of how you perceive the world around you, how you view your body, and how you react to the situations you are placed in. The unhealthy thoughts and perceptions that anorexia causes become positive, healthy perceptions and thought patterns. This ultimately guides the entirety of your healing process.

Cognitive distortions, however, are only one aspect of anorexia that needs to be addressed. There are many layers to the disease of anorexia nervosa, and taking a holistic approach to care is imperative. Holistic care takes into account all facets of what makes you who you are – mind, body, and spirit. By providing interventions that allow you to explore yourself on all levels, you come to understand your mind and your body. By engaging in activities that promote nurturing of your spirit, you begin to find joy in your life, in the world around you, and, most importantly, in yourself. Activities that allow you to express yourself creatively instill a sense of hope and self-worth as you are reminded of all that you are capable of.

When you come to Timberline Knolls, we will create a plan of care that is uniquely tailored to you and your needs. The interventions that we use during your time with us will be chosen with the sole purpose of helping you heal – not forcing you to go through the motions. We will help you set goals for yourself, and we will encourage you as you achieve them.

TK saved my life, and I am forever grateful for that. I now have been months free from my eating disorder... They really make sure you know your skills before you leave!

– A former resident
Why Choose Timberline Knolls?