Since 2006, Carolina House has been providing high-quality care to men and women battling eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. We provide programming at two locations, with our residential treatment set in an idyllic, rural farmhouse in Durham, North Carolina, and a community-based day treatment and intensive outpatient center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many people who struggle with eating disorders also struggle with other mental health disorders, and our programs are designed to treat co-occurring depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder, among others.
At Carolina House, we espouse the following values:
- Respect: We believe treatment must be infused with respect and a recognition of each person’s inherent worth.
- Integrity: Our commitment to integrity means we operate with transparency and openness. Treatment at Carolina House is founded on honest and ethical practices.
- Accountability: We act forthrightly and truthfully, and we hold ourselves accountable both to our professional code of ethics and, most importantly, to our clients.
- Responsibility: We understand our responsibility to our clients and provide superior care to achieve superior outcomes.
- Excellence: The road to excellence is ongoing and dynamic, so we actively strive for it in all we do.
In order to provide the best possible treatment, our thoughtfully-designed programs are uniquely tailored to fit each client’s needs. We take a holistic approach to healing, drawing on the strengths of our clients’ families, cultures, communities, values, and spiritual traditions to help our clients find long-term freedom from eating disorders.
Treatment at Carolina House is multifaceted and includes individual therapy, groups, and experiential therapies. Evidence-based practices that underpin our treatment program include:
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- 12-step interventions
We are also one of the only eating disorder treatment centers to provide a culinary program with full kitchen access for clients at all levels of treatment. Our clients benefit from real-world experience with meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and family-style eating through our culinary program.
Treatment is provided by our kind and experienced staff which includes a psychiatrist, a physician, nursing staff, licensed therapists, registered dieticians, and an art therapist. Our team also includes a yoga/mindfulness instructor, a body movement therapist, resident client assistants, and a professional culinary team.
While gaining victory over an eating disorder during treatment is an achievement worthy of celebrating, the goal of our treatment program is to help our clients develop lifelong healthy eating habits that will benefit them even after their time with us is complete. In order to facilitate a smooth transition out of treatment, we begin planning for our clients’ discharge at the time of admission. Each client’s primary therapist works with him or her to assess his or her outside resources and develop a discharge plan. We use a step-down process, slowly transitioning our clients to lower levels of care and into greater levels of independence, and we follow each client’s progress closely, ensuring he or she is ready for more independence at each step. Clients local to the area are encouraged to attend a weekly support group held by the Executive Director after their formal discharge is complete.
Across all levels of our program, we emphasize the potential that each client has to rediscover a healthy relationship with eating. At Carolina House, clients work with a passionate and caring staff who are invested in helping them find long-term healing and recovery from eating disorders.