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Anorexia Treatment Center
Anorexia nervosa, a serious mental health condition that can be fatal, is an appropriate diagnosis for an individual who goes to great lengths to achieve the lowest weight possible. Men and women battling this disorder often fast, excessively exercise, consume a minimal amount of food, and/or abuse substances in order to drastically alter their physical appearance. The psychological distortions coupled with the health risks associated with this condition can make it very difficult for a person to overcome alone. Medical interventions and therapeutic approaches are required to assist those grappling with this disorder achieve a healthy life. Kansas Drug Rehabilitation supplies this type of care that includes the necessary treatment methods for improving the lives of anorexia sufferers. The qualified and experienced staff members at this leading provider of eating disorder treatment administers the various interventions with a unified goal of improving the lives of all entrusted into our care.
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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Loved ones and family members of someone battling anorexia often experience feelings of bewilderment as they bear witness to someone they care about dangerously lose weight and put his or her health at risk for the sake of having little to no body fat. The fear-driven desire to be thin despite the costs to one’s health is often confusing and worrisome to loved ones, of which can lead to feelings of powerlessness when trying to think of ways to help someone with this mental illness. As a concerned loved one, there are some things that you can do to help someone in your life get the life-saving treatment he or she desperately needs:
- Learn about anorexia nervosa, including its causes, the symptoms, and potential effects. This disorder is often misperceived as one that only has roots in wanting to be thin, however, what non-sufferers of this disorder need to understand is that the core causes of this disorder often lay in the deeply-held psychological distortions that can make this disorder so dangerous.
- Discuss the need for treatment with your loved one, conveying your worry for his or her health and life in an empathic way.
- Involve your loved one in the process of seeking treatment. By making the treatment-seeking process a collaborative one, the person you care about can be more invested in his or her own care.
- If the person you care about is experiencing severe health risks due to the presence of this condition, it is a good idea to consider treatment that involves medical care in order to address any health concerns present.
- Inform your loved one that you are available to listen to his or her concerns, worries, and fears regarding his or her condition and treatment. This is a great way to show your support.
The last two suggestions are among the most important once your loved one is engaged in a treatment program. Firstly, it is important that you encourage your loved one to adhere to treatment recommendations made by his or her provider, as adherence to such recommendations can elicit the most favorable treatment outcomes. Lastly, it is crucial that you, as a concerned loved one, be involved in your friend or family member’s care. This is a wonderful way to be supportive and, by being part of treatment, you can learn how to help your loved one be successful once treatment is complete.
Why Consider Treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
Individuals battling anorexia nervosa are often at a heightened risk for a great deal of harm when this disorder remains present for a long period of time. When a person reaches a dangerously low body weight, several health concerns are known to ensue; health concerns that can be life-ending. Women struggling with this condition may become infertile as a result of this disorder and men and women alike may experience irreversible organ damage. The mental health of those grappling with anorexia can worsen over time and trigger the onset of additional mental health concerns. Failing to seek care that includes medical treatment and psychological interventions can put these people at a higher risk for an untimely and early death. Fortunately, there are treatment options that exist that can save the lives of those who wish to break free from the destructive and disordered eating patterns and thought processes associated with anorexia nervosa.
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 anorexia, 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 anorexia 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 anorexia 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:
- DBT Skills Group
- General Process Group
- Eating Disorder Process Group
- Food for Thought Group
- 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.)
Additional topics that may be covered during the variety of group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Topics in mental health
- Whole-hearted living
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:
- Equine therapy
- Expressive art
- Adventure therapy
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:
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- SE (Somatic Experiencing)
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
- Biofeedback and neurofeedback
- Meetings with a nutritionist
- Weekly body image workshops
- Daily weigh-ins
- Food preparation demonstration
- Food shopping
- Support supplied from an eating disorder technician during meal times
- Offsite dining
- 12-Step meetings and lectures
- Psychological testing
- Inner child activities
- Chiropractor services
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 anorexia 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.