Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment

Inpatient eating disorder treatment starts with an extensive evaluation and assessment of each patient’s strengths, struggles and needs in all major arenas of functioning: physical, medical, dietary, emotional, mental, social and spiritual. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Services then create treatment plans from that assessment that lead to multidisciplinary approaches. This includes treatments that facilitate medical and psychological stabilization and provide specialized structure for managing eating disorder symptoms and patterns.

Who Is a Candidate:

  • Adult and adolescent female patients ages 13 years through adulthood
  • Primary diagnosis of eating disorder
  • Other significant co-existing mental/emotional illness
  • Moderate suicide risk
  • Secondary and co-occurring drug or alcohol dependence
  • Seriously compromised medical or mental condition secondary to eating disorder

An assessment is required to determine this level of care at our inpatient eating disorder treatment centers. Exclusionary criteria include severe suicidal risk with suicidal intention, history of sexual aggression or sexual predatory behavior, history of and deemed high risk for aggressive or violent behavior towards others, and physical or medical condition which demands admission into a medical/surgical or ICU unit.

Services Provided:

  • Initial psychiatric examination including mental status exam
  • Initial history and physical (medical exam)
  • Initial psycho-social assessment
  • Labs, EKG and other tests
  • Stabilization of medical condition
  • Stabilization of mental/emotional condition
  • Medical, psychological and dietary treatment of eating disorder
  • Brain and body re-nourishment with liquid, electrolyte and initial weight restoration
  • Initial re-feeding intervention including N/G tube feeding where necessary
  • Structures to remedy self-defeating behavior patterns
  • Development of formal treatment plan, including outside treatment team coordination
  • Discharge planning, disposition and aftercare initial coordination
  • Coordination of discharge into appropriate level of care or aftercare

Treatment Team:

  • Licensed master’s-level or PhD-level primary therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Medical providers
  • Nurses
  • Experiential therapists (art, yoga, RIMBA, recreation therapy)
  • Care technicians

Individual Treatment:

  • Licensed therapist (four times per week with at least one family therapy session)
  • Registered dietitian
  • Medical rounding
  • Psychiatric rounding (daily)
  • 24-hour nursing

Group Therapy:

  • Debriefing and goal Setting
  • Skills group (DBT/CBT)
  • Balance and awareness group
  • Open process group
  • Group movement therapy (yoga, RIMBA)
  • Ceremonial group
  • Art recreational therapy group
  • Body image group
  • Self-esteem group
  • Community meeting
  • Life skills group
  • Spirituality/12-Step group
  • Relapse prevention group
  • Off­campus recreation therapy activities


  • Supervised meals and snacks

Admission Process:

The admission process for inpatient treatment for eating disorders begins with a call to our admission team at 888-224-8250. A clinical assessment, as well as an insurance and financial review, ensure that patients are admitted as clinically and medically appropriate and as insurance benefits and financial resources will allow.