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Bulimia Treatment Center
The dangerous pattern of ingesting food and causing self-induced vomiting to rid the body of what was consumed with the ambition to lose weight or prevent weight gain is known a bulimia nervosa. Men and women alike suffer from this mental illness and require mental healthcare in order to free themselves of this form of disordered eating. Sufferers of this eating disorder often fear weight gain and tie their self-esteem and self-worth to their body size and image. When this type of psychological disturbance occurs, an individual is likely to experience additional mental health concerns as a result. Furthermore, the ramifications to one’s health can be great when an individual suffers from bulimia. Self-induced vomiting can lead to irreversible damage to one’s digestive system and permanent organ damage can be the result should this condition remain long-standing in an individual’s life. At Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, we understand the strife caused by the presence of bulimia nervosa and have designed effective programming to help those who wish to overcome this condition. We want to help you or a loved one learn how to live a happy existence with healthy self-esteem and confidence to partake in the wonders of life.
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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Bulimia nervosa can entomb a person in a brutal cycle of eating and purging that can cost an individual his or her life if treatment is not sought and implemented. Concerned friends and family members of an individual with this disorder frequently feel pangs of worry and fear for the health and wellbeing of the sufferer, especially when health risks begin to emerge. Luckily, there are some steps friends and family members can take to help someone they care about in getting the life-saving treatment that is required to overcome this disorder.
Educate yourself about bulimia nervosa and consult with a mental health professional if you should have any questions about this condition. In learning about bulimia, you will come to understand the signs, symptoms, causes, and effects of this eating disorder.
Confront your loved one in an understanding and empathic manner and discuss the need for treatment. Be aware that you could be met with resistance, yet try to remain focused on helping your loved one get treatment.
Consider treatment options that are equipped to care for bulimia nervosa and be sure to find a provider that includes medical care for your loved one as well.
Allow your loved one to be part of the treatment seeking process and make it as much of a collaborative effect as it can be.
Contact the provider of you and your loved one’s choosing and inquire about the process of admissions and the methods for care that are used to treat this disorder.
Encourage your loved one to schedule an assessment and offer to accompany him or her to the center of choice to offer support.
Make every effort to be part of your loved one’s care while he or she is engaged in a program.
Finally, it is beneficial to advise your loved one to authorize consent to speak with his or her treatment provider as you can then be kept abreast of his or her progress and garner some suggestions for how you can help your loved one once he or she completes treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
Eating disorders, no matter the type, are known to involve a number of life-threatening health risks that can cause an untimely death if treatment is not sought. Bulimia nervosa is not without its own set of unique health concerns because of the purging that ensues after an individual ingests a great deal of food. Heart problems, digestive system damage, and poor nutrition are probable when a person suffers from this disorder. Additionally, sufferers of bulimia often abuse substances as a way to rid the body of food; substances that can cause a great deal of harm in their own right. The psychological distortions experienced by bulimia sufferers can also wreak havoc in an individual’s life. Those who are bulimic often struggle with symptoms of other mental illnesses at the same time and could require care for such symptoms in the event treatment is sought. Luckily, there are options for care available that can improve the lives of those with this form of disordered eating and offer these individuals an opportunity to live a happy and healthy life.
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Types of Treatment Offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential care. For those individuals who are suffering from an eating disorder, such as bulimia, engaging in programming at Desert Flower Hospital may be the first step in their recovery process if they need medical stabilization due the detrimental health effects that the presence of an eating disorder can elicit. Following completion of the programming at Desert Flower, patients will then engage in the comprehensive treatment offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa, is delivered through Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s Eating Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to produce the most favorable outcomes for all patients. The multidisciplinary team that delivers treatment in this program works with each patient to look at all aspects of his or her eating disorder, as well as the underlying issues that may have led to the onset of the disorder. These treatment teams include psychiatrists, licensed therapists, internal medicine physicians, nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, psychologists, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers. Additionally, our Nursing Department consists of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who are on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All treatment delivered is research-informed and supported by an integrative system of neuropsychiatric care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of patients and their families. By implementing a biopsychosocial spiritual approach to care, every patient has his or her own dedicated treatment team who coordinates and directs his or her individualized treatment plan. These plans are regularly reviewed and reassessed by the entire team in order to ensure that patients receive the best treatment possible while addressing the total scope of his or her eating disorder.
Designed to be a 45-day length of stay, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s Eating Disorder Program focuses on educating patients, providing meaningful treatment experiences, and allowing for integration of treatment effects to promote long-term healing. Patients engaged in this program are offered the following treatment methods, of which are outlined in each person’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: Individuals who are struggling with bulimia may require pharmaceutical interventions in order to treat distressing symptoms or to properly manage the symptoms that may arise as the result of a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety or depression. The need for any medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Eating Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist of qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: Patients engaged in the Eating Disorder Program will meet at various times throughout the week in order to participate in group therapy sessions where they can find support and encouragement from one another, in addition to learning new skills. Examples of such groups may include, but are not limited to:
Exercise Groups (Keeping in mind the sensitive nature that surrounds exercise in correlation to eating disorders, exercise is highly monitored and all patients will have an individualized exercise plans that may include strength training, yoga, flexibility, and water yoga. Qualified and knowledgeable fitness staff work with patients in order to help them develop healthy exercise behaviors.)
Eating Disorder Process Group
Food for Thought Group
DBT Skills Group
General Process Group
Additional topics that may be covered during the variety of group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
Topics in mental health
Working through grief and loss
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their eating disorders, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, of which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those who are working through an eating disorder and any co-occurring conditions, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments and group activities which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
12-Step meetings and lectures
Inner child activities
Meetings with a nutritionist
Weekly body image workshops
Food preparation demonstration
Support supplied from an eating disorder technician during meal times
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
SE (Somatic Experiencing)
Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
Biofeedback and neurofeedback
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat bulimia nervosa at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Relations affiliated with Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, of which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. The life you have envisioned can begin here.
Get confidential help now: 855.396.1913 or EMAIL US.