Compulsive eating disorder occurs when individuals consume food excessively in response to emotional upset, stress, or other issues that cause distress in their lives. Engaging in this type of behavior can lead to obesity and accompanying health issues, such as diabetes and heart problems. Allowing an eating disorder like this to persist can be extremely dangerous, which is why it is imperative for treatment to be obtained in order for individuals dealing with this situation to recover successfully.
At Carolina House, we know just how pervasive the condition of compulsive eating can be. We know that compulsive eating is not just a “bad habit” and we understand that this behavior is tied to a variety of emotional and psychological issues. Therefore, we go above and beyond to ensure that each individual who comes to us for care receives a complete and comprehensive approach to treatment so that the underlying causes of compulsive eating can be addressed and rectified. At Carolina House, individuals can reclaim their lives and begin building a positive future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have a loved one who is faced with the many challenges that come with compulsive eating, it can be extremely difficult to stand by and feel like there is nothing you can do. For most, the many efforts they put forth to help their loved one seem to be ineffective, promoting feelings of frustration and hopelessness. Continuing to watch a loved one engage in the behaviors that accompany compulsive eating can be taxing and upsetting. However, despite the many emotions that you might be having, it is important to know that there are always things that you can do to help your loved one get on the path towards recovery, including:
- Continue to show your support to your loved one. However, be mindful that being supportive and enabling their behavior are very different. You can remain supportive by consistently encouraging treatment, asking how they are feeling or how they are doing, and serving as a good listener when they feel the need to express their emotions.
- Speak with your loved one about your concerns. Approach him or her in a calm and non-judgmental manner, and let him or her know that his or her behaviors are causing you to become worried about his or her wellbeing. Then, your loved one know that you want to help.
- Gather as much information about compulsive eating as possible. Learning the ins and outs of this type of eating disorder can help you better understand what your loved one is experiencing and develop a greater sense of empaty towards him or her.
- Look into treatment options either locally or in another state. Complie contact information, as well as information on admissions and programming. Share your findings with your loved one, and encourage him or her to consider getting help.
Above all else, keep showing your loved one that you care and that you are there as a pillar of support. Let your loved one know that you will do everything you can to help him or her obtain the treatment that can save his or her life.
Why Consider Treatment at Carolina House
When an individual is trapped in the dangerous cycle of compulsive overeating, he or she places him or herself at serious risk for developing dangerous physical side effects. These effects include developing diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disease, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Additionally, arthritis, stroke, bone damage, and hypertension are associated with compulsive overeating. Psychologically, one can start experiencing depression, which can dramatically impact his or her desire to get better. When compulsive eating continues, an individual risks withdrawing from his or her loved ones or previously enjoyed activities, as well as underachieving at work or at school. Thankfully, there is treatment available for those who are afflicted with this serious condition.
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 compulsive overeating. 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 often need consistent medical attention to address such concerns as re-feeding issues, complications from starvation, somatic complaints, electrolyte imbalances, and/or gastrointestinal distress. Carolina House provides 24-hour nursing care for all clients, and employs a contracted medical doctor, a psychiatrist, and a registered dietician, 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 an 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 dietician, 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 compulsive overeating.
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 compulsive eating, 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, Carolina House offers a number of experiential therapy options in addition to the more traditional therapeutic interventions. Examples of these therapies include the following:
- Culinary Group
- Embodying Recovery (a sensorimotor psychotherapy group)
- Yoga therapy
- Strength training
- Art therapy
- Body movement activities
Receiving comprehensive treatment in a residential setting is enormously advantageous for those who are suffering from compulsive overeating. 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 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 compulsive overeating, 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.