Like other eating disorders, people with binge-eating disorder struggle to control their eating behaviors. Unlike those with anorexia, they tend to over-eat instead of under-eat, and unlike those with bulimia, they typically do not engage in purging activities like using laxatives or forcing themselves to vomit. People with binge-eating disorder eat a large amount of food at one time, even past the point of feeling full. They eat in excess of their bodies’ nutritional requirements. Another complication that those with binge-eating disorder often struggle with obesity, and they are at risk for all of the health complications that come along with obesity. A battle with binge-eating disorder can be a frustrating and painful experience, but there is no need to fight alone.
Those who struggle with binge-eating disorder can find help at Carolina House. We understand the unique challenges of people who grapple with this insidious and painful disorder, and our compassionate, expert staff have developed programs that are designed to help these individuals rediscover a healthy relationship with eating.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you are reading this, you likely have a family member or loved one who is dealing with binge-eating disorder. You have probably watched as he or she has experienced the ups and downs of victory and defeat time and time again. It may seem as if there is nothing you can do to help, but in reality, your efforts can make a difference in your loved one’s life. Here are some ways you can help:
- Remain supportive of your loved one. You have no doubt felt your loved one’s pain as he or she wrestles with binge-eating disorder. In truth, you are among your loved one’s strongest allies, so it is important to remain patient with your loved one and support him or her as best as you can. Know that the journey to recovery comes with many stops and starts.
- Support yourself. While supporting your loved one is important, it is equally critical to take care of yourself. Invest in your own hobbies and relationships and find support groups for loved ones of those struggling with eating disorders.
- Spend some time researching. Look into the signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder and speak with experts about how to best help your loved one.
- Investigate treatment options for your loved one. If he or she decides to enter treatment, celebrate his or her courageous decision. Also, offer to help by arranging appointments with treatment professionals and being open to attending those appointments with your loved one.
- Throughout the entire process, talk openly with your loved one about his or her struggle. He or she is likely buried in shame, so approach him or her with a loving, nonjudgmental attitude. His or her binge-eating disorder is not simply a lack of willpower, instead, it is a real and painful disorder, so encourage him or her to find help.
Why Consider Treatment at Carolina House
Binge-eating disorder is a complex and pervasive disorder, and those who wrestle with it are at risk for experiencing severe consequences. Chief among these are obesity and the health problems that come along with it, such as cardiovascular problems, joint problems, and diabetes. People who struggle with binge-eating disorder are likely to feel ashamed, so they may withdraw socially, causing strain in their relationships. They may have problems with performing at their jobs, possibly resulting in job loss and financial difficulties. They may even have suicidal thoughts or make suicide attempts. Though the potential consequences of binge-eating disorder are severe, it is possible to find freedom and regain a healthy approach to eating.
Types of Treatment Offered at Carolina House
Since 2006, we, at Carolina House, have been devoted to providing world-class, residential care to women who are in need of comprehensive treatment to overcome the symptoms of eating disorders, including binge-eating disorder. Situated in a serene, wooded setting, Carolina House offers female clients, ages 17 and older, a tranquil environment that is fully conducive to true and lasting healing. We hold ourselves to a standard of excellence in the care we deliver so that all of the women who engage in treatment with us can succeed in discovering a renewed life of wellness.
At Carolina House, we have made it our goal to provide a beautiful, safe, and nurturing environment that is run by highly trained and supportive staff. We use a structured, multifaceted treatment approach that is designed to usher clients successfully into life-long recovery. Our treatment approach also encourages self-exploration towards transformation through self-nurturing expressions of living. This goal and these treatment approaches are met by providing clients with individualized treatment plans that are catered to meet each of their very unique needs. Various aspects that may be incorporated into these treatment plans are described in the following:
Medical care: Clients who are battling an eating disorder like binge-eating disorder often need consistent medical attention to address such concerns as re-feeding issues, somatic complaints, electrolyte imbalances, and/or gastrointestinal distress. Carolina House provides 24-hour nursing care for all clients, as well as employs a contracted medical doctor, a psychiatrist, and a registered dietitian, all of whom are skilled in the treatment of eating disorders. These professionals are able to meet with clients to ensure that their recovery remains on a healthy track.
Re-Feeding: When treating binge-eating disorder, there is often the need for re-feeding interventions to be made in order to help get clients back on track with proper nutritional intake. At Carolina House, clients are closely involved with the registered dietitian, the culinary staff therapist, and the clinical and medical teams so that specialized meal plans can be devised. These meal plans are designed to adequately address the nutritional needs of each client during each stage of treatment. Meals are closely monitored by staff in order to provide the highest level of support as clients reach nutritional stabilization and decrease their participation in the rituals and behaviors that are symptomatic of their eating disorders.
Culinary program: All clients at Carolina House may take part in our culinary program, which offers them full kitchen access throughout their time spent in treatment. Setting us apart from other eating disorder programs throughout the country, participation in this program provides clients with the unique opportunity to experience meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and a family-style eating environment, all of which work towards building self-confidence as clients make their way through treatment.
Medication management: When individuals are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to binge-eating disorder, the use of certain medications may be recommended in order to help alleviate some of their distress. Clients have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once or twice a week in order to determine the need for any medication, as well as to monitor the therapeutic effectiveness of any medication prescribed.
Individual therapy: Clients are provided with one full individual therapy session each week that typically lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. Additionally, clients will meet with their therapists for one brief check-in session each week, which usually lasts about 30 minutes. These sessions are designed to provide clients with an opportunity to meet in a private, confidential setting with their therapists so that they can discuss their progress in treatment, process through any setbacks that may have arisen, and celebrate any successes that have occurred.
Family therapy: Recognizing how important family involvement can be in our clients’ successful recovery from anorexia, the staff at Carolina House incorporates family therapy into our clients’ treatment plans. Family therapy sessions are offered on a weekly basis with a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, meeting for an average of 45 to 60 minutes for each session. If deemed appropriate and therapeutically beneficial to clients, additional family sessions may be added on an as needed basis.
Group therapy: When working to overcome an eating disorder, including anorexia, group therapy sessions have proven to be incredibly beneficial and effective. Clients typically participate in an average of six group therapy sessions each weekday, four group sessions on Saturdays, and two group sessions on Sundays. These group therapy sessions are typically broken down as follows:
- Two Food and Feeling Groups take place every day. These are short, skills identification groups that occur after every lunch or dinner.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups take place three times per week and are facilitated by a licensed counselor who is specially trained in DBT.
- Interpersonal Process Groups occur two times per week and are led by a licensed therapist and other qualified professionals who have been fully trained in the group modality.
- Three Integrated Health Groups take place each week, including Addictions Education, 12-Step Facilitation and Relapse Prevention. These are led by a licensed clinical addictions specialist and are attended by all clients. Weekly AA and NA meetings are also made available to clients who need them.
- A variety of other groups occur during the week as well, including both process and psychoeducational groups. The topics that are covered during these sessions vary but may include discussions on body image, media awareness, empowerment, nutrition, and guided self-care, among many others.
Experiential therapy: In order to offer clients a holistic approach to the treatment of binge-eating disorder, Carolina House offers a number of experiential therapy options in addition to the more traditional therapeutic interventions. Examples of these therapies include the following:
- Art therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Body movement activities
- Strength training
- Culinary Group
- Embodying Recovery (a sensorimotor psychotherapy group)
Receiving comprehensive treatment in a residential setting is enormously advantageous for those who are suffering from binge-eating disorder. However, at Carolina House, we recognize that completion of residential treatment does not always mean that clients have finished achieving full recovery from their eating disorders. For this reason, we offer continuing care services through our partial day treatment program and our intensive outpatient program.
Additionally, keeping in mind that recovery from binge-eating disorder is an ongoing process, the staff at Carolina House is dedicated to ensuring that clients have a definitive plan set in place prior to their being discharged. From the time of admission, clients’ primary therapists are assessing their outside resources and determining what services need to be in place in order to support a smooth discharge plan. Typically, the goal will be to step down to a lower level of care slowly so that clients can be fully prepared for increased independence.
If you or a loved one is suffering from binge-eating disorder, the staff at Carolina House wants to help. Our world-class programming can help you overcome the symptoms that plague you, while also assisting you as you develop the confidence needed to embark on a bright and promising future. Do not continue to suffer. Let the staff at Carolina House show you that there’s a better way to live.