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Center for Change Background
As many as 10 million females in America suffer from the devastating effects of anorexia and bulimia, with millions more who are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder. The severity of these disorders vary, but at some point in their disorder many will develop an addictive pattern in their lives that can only be overcome through intensive third-party intervention. Center for Change, based in Orem, Utah, stands ready to receive adolescent girls and adult women to help them regain not only their physical health, but also the hope for recovery and a normal life that many have lost.
Center for Change provides a caring and nurturing environment where women can heal under the constant supervision of a large staff of seasoned medical, psychological and nutritional experts. These individuals have been carefully selected because of their expertise in treating both the outward symptoms and underlying causes of eating disorders. The message of Center for Change that "hope is real" is woven through the entire treatment experience. Those who come to Center for Change often comment that the Center has "given them back their life" and restored feelings of freedom that they haven't felt for a very long time.
Center for Change was founded on October 28, 1994, by a team of psychologists and a physician who have worked together since June of 1989. Beginning in October 1994, Center for Change began design of the current facility and development of its core treatment programs. The Center itself is licensed with the State of Utah as a "Specialty Psychiatric Hospital."
Center for Change does improve lives. A Center for Change study showed that patients were able to significantly decrease negative behaviors and improve body image and health-management skills. Specifically, the study showed that Center for Change patients:
- Dramatically decreased skipping meals and bingeing and purging cycles following treatment.
- Greatly improved their attitudes about food and eating.
- Achieved marked improvements in relationship harmony, self-esteem levels, life satisfaction and direction, and reduction of depression and/or substance abuse.
In April 1998, Center for Change received accreditation from the Joint Commission. This accreditation is limited to top organizations delivering high levels of patient service, reducing patient risk, and creating an environment for continuous improvement. The Joint Commission has recognized Center for Change for its high standards of patient care and commitment to ongoing education.
For most people, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of family reunion, socializing, and celebration – a time when families, friends, and coworkers come together to share good will and good food. Yet, for those who suffer with eating disorders, this is often the worst time of the year.