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Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders are serious diseases that require professional treatment.

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
Eating disorders require professional treatment.

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and many others, can be chronic, extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Individuals with eating disorders are urged to seek professional help as soon as possible—early diagnosis and intervention often prevent lifelong health complications.

Eating disorder treatment programs should address the whole person.

The most effective eating disorder treatment programs approach individuals from a holistic perspective. These programs:

  • identify underlying causes of eating disorders
  • address psychological, biological, social and cultural factors that influence eating disorders
  • teach coping strategies
  • treat other health problems and co-occurring disorders

A typical course of eating disorder treatment.

Usually, eating disorder treatment programs involve behavioral counseling or psychotherapy; family counseling; nutritional counseling; and help from therapists, support groups and other experienced professionals. Medication may be used both to combat co-occurring mental health issues and to manage the many health problems that often arise from eating disorders.

While eating disorders can sometimes be treated in an outpatient setting, many patients flourish in the therapeutic, nurturing environments that residential or inpatient programs offer. Inpatient treatment or hospitalization may be necessary and beneficial for the following types of patients:

  • Individuals who have suffered from an eating disorder for a long time
  • Those with severe cases of the disorder
  • Those with comorbidities, such as drug addiction, anxiety or severe depression
  • Those with severe health complications

Hospitalization and inpatient treatment programs should be followed by continued outpatient treatment. Follow-up care and monitoring, which is essential for preventing relapse, should continue after outpatient treatment is complete.

Start recovery for life.

Individuals with eating disorders are urged to seek professional treatment as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent lifelong health complications.

If you or a loved one needs help overcoming an eating disorder, Caron is here for you. Please explore our support groups or contact us for more information.