Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Avoiding Relapse

Avoiding Eating Disorder Relapse

For recovering eating disorder sufferers, it can take years before one is able to live a happy and healthy life without occasionally slipping into old ways of thinking. These moments are inevitable, but they don’t necessarily mean that a relapse is unavoidable. The key is to recognize when warning signs arise and to take preventive measures. And if you haven’t yet sought professional eating disorder treatment, you might want to consider doing so before you revert to old habits.

Signs an Eating Disorder Relapse Is Imminent

If you’re worried about relapsing, here are some hints that may help you get the care you need during this challenging time in your path of recovery. It means that it’s weighing heavily on your mind, and you may find that this worry is closely associated with the thoughts and feelings you used to have when you were in the throes of your eating disorder. If your worry combines with any of the following factors, talk to an eating disorder treatment professional as soon as possible:

  • Your thoughts keep turning to food, dieting and weight.
  • You have been dishonest with your eating disorder treatment professionals or if you feel compelled to hide information or behaviors.
  • You worry that you are losing control and may overcompensate with perfectionism.
  • You feel as if you have no outlet for your stress.
  • You feel hopeless and wonder what you’re going to do with your life.
  • With diet and exercise, your primary goal is to look good rather than to be healthy.
  • You believe that you’ll never be happy unless you’re thin.
  • You see yourself as overweight or obese.
  • Friends or family indicate to you that your self-image is inaccurate.
  • You look in the mirror frequently and weigh yourself often.
  • You skip meals or find ways to purify yourself after eating.
  • You get irritable around the issue of food.
  • You feel an overwhelming sense of guilt or shame after eating.
  • You avoid events that involve food.
  • You isolate yourself or engage in increasingly secretive behaviors.
  • You hold contempt for people who are overweight or don’t eat well according to your standards.

Beyond these signs, you have to trust your feelings. You know what it’s like to be inside the mind of an eating disorder sufferer, so you may be able evaluate your condition. Try to be honest with yourself and get help right away, and you can avoid eating disorder relapse.

Focus on Health, not Looks

There are many factors that contribute to eating disorders, but one of the most of the most common is low self-esteem, which often leads to compensatory behaviors. People with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia, become obsessed with staying skinny or reaching a target weight, and all of their diet and exercise activities are in service of this purpose.

In the throes of an eating disorder, it can be easy to forget that food is not a vice. Because of all the complicated feelings of guilt surrounding eating, eating disorder sufferers lose sight of the fact that having a healthy diet is essential to living a full and productive life.

Although it may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, now is the time to make changes to the way you think about food. Think of eating not as a vice but as a way to give much-needed energy and nutrients to your body and mind. Think of dieting as out of the question. Healthy eating is much more important and is actually the key to maintaining and keeping a healthy weight.

Tips for Avoiding Relapse

If simply focusing on health is not enough, then you might want to keep these tips in mind.

  • Don’t recover on your own. If you haven’t already, seek eating disorder treatment and find a support group where you can share your thoughts and feelings with others who understand what you’re going through. Also, be open with close friends and family members about your illness.
  • Have a regular eating schedule. During this rough time, what you need is consistency and balance in your diet. Get into the habit of eating three normal-sized, nutritious meals per day.
  • Keep in close contact with your support system. Avoid people who encourage your eating disorder, and stay in close contact with anyone who wants to see you healthy and happy.
  • Maintain your weight without bingeing or purging. Work with your doctor to determine a healthy weight for you, and arrange your life so that you can maintain this weight without having to resort to eating disorder behaviors.
  • Exercise at a healthy level. Part of finding a balanced way of life is learning how to exercise without it being merely a weight-loss compensatory measure. Enjoy your exercise, and avoid thinking of it as having a transactional relationship with what you eat. Remember that everyone needs exercise in order to be healthy, and think of your activities as beneficial for your all-around health.
  • Know your triggers. Think about what used to set off your eating disorder behaviors, and do whatever you can to avoid those things. Understand that you’ll probably encounter your triggers sooner or later and have a plan of action for dealing with them.
  • Don’t obsess. When you find yourself obsessing over food or weight, do something else to get your mind off of it.
  • Keep a journal. Keep a journal that enables you to sort through your thoughts and feelings.
  • Help others. Try to find ways to get involved in helping others with eating disorders. This may mean participating in a support group, blogging about your struggles or getting involved with an eating disorder recovery group in your area.