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Eating disorders are complex, intensely personal illnesses which can damage a woman physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Center for Change works to heal the whole person, not simply add pounds or temporarily change behavior.
Our approach to recovery is based on the belief that eating-disordered patterns are learned. Those learned patterns can be changed - permanently. Our multidisciplinary approach leads to a healthier, more balanced way of living, while restoring a sense of control and peace in your life. At Center for Change, we believe in a continuum of care that offers decreasing steps in the intensity of care which facilitates a step-by-step transition in recovery, preparing each individual for eventual return to a full and satisfying life with friends and loved ones.
Our Complete and Comprehensive Program Includes:
Acute Inpatient Care
Acute Inpatient Care starts with an extensive evaluation and assessment of each patient's strengths, struggles, and needs for recovery. Treatment plans from that assessment lead to multidisciplinary approaches and treatment which facilitate medical and psychological stabilization and provide specialized structure and therapy for managing eating disorder symptoms and patterns.
Inpatient Short-Term Stabilization Program
The stabilization program is designed to meet the needs of families who may have limited financial resources and/or limited insurance benefit coverage. Patients who may benefit from this program include those who are actively engaged in treatment with a solid and consistent outpatient treatment team but who may be going through a particularly difficult time and require stabilization; patients who are in a partial hospitalization program or intensive outpatient program who are deteriorating and need some short-term stabilization, treatment triage, and aftercare recommendations; patients who need inpatient care but whose insurance or personal financial resources will not allow longer term care; and patients who would otherwise be treated for their eating disorder on a general psychiatric unit or hospital medical floor that does not provide the structure, behavioral intervention, and specialization of an eating disorder program.
Residential Care provides ongoing structure and treatment which improves medical and emotional stability over time. Therapeutic interventions continue along with increasing regular life activities, quality education, and emphasis on individual responsibility and integration into social, educational, recreational, and family environments. Discharge and aftercare planning are a critical part of maintaining recovery gains.
These programs, after residential care, include Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. Post-discharge aftercare augments traditional outpatient treatment with individually designed intensive aftercare which focuses on preventing relapse, setting goals, facing fears, and accomplishing specific social, vocational, and educational tasks. Practical application of learned skills is a primary emphasis in these programs.
Outpatient Services - A Team Approach
Following this intensive treatment, those individuals leaving the proximity of the Center are returned to or referred to quality practitioners of medicine, psychotherapy, and dietary counseling who will help them maintain their progress and continue in their recovery. Outpatient therapy for eating disorders at the Center requires a patient to see a physician, a therapist, and a dietitian to ensure that multidisciplinary team treatment takes place. Patients and their families are also encouraged to attend the Family Support Group and Outpatient Therapy Group. Because all of us at the Center are fully committed to recovery for those who come here, we require patients, and their families, to commit to a recommended minimum length of stay in our programs. Recovery from a severe eating disorder and related emotional illness requires significant commitment and follow through.