Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Alcohol Consumption: Just a Habit, or More?

Hi, All! Stephanie F. here (there are two of us, you know) to talk with you a bit about alcohol use and eating disorders.

While many people think of Spring Break, New Year’s Eve, and football games when they think of alcohol consumption, more than 50% of individuals who struggle with eating disorders also abuse alcohol and other substances on a daily basis. For some this may be surprising, but individuals who suffer from eating disorders are five times more likely to abuse substances than people who don’t have an eating disorder.

The scary thing about alcohol abuse is that it can be hard to detect, and even harder to confront. You may be wondering, “How do I know if my friend just likes to drink, or if they have a more serious problem with alcohol?”

I’ve put together a helpful list of some warning signs that your loved one’s alcohol use may be more than “just a little habit.”

  1. Your loved one is missing school or work.

This one is a biggie. Although some people who struggle with alcohol abuse manage to keep their lives together temporarily (think “functional alcoholic”), it is unlikely that they will be able to sustain this for very long. If your typically punctual, responsible, dependable loved one is suddenly missing work or school with no explanation, their alcohol use may have crossed the line from social to problematic.

Many people who abuse alcohol will lie about their whereabouts, spend most of their time drinking or recovering from hangovers, show up to work/school late or not at all, and disappear for long periods of time without explanation.

 

  1. Your loved one can’t stop drinking despite trying or wanting to quit.

“I promise, I’m going to quit today, and I will never drink again.” Many of you who have ever been concerned about a loved one have likely heard this before. You’ve probably also been disappointed every time the person takes another drink.

Individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction need more than willpower to recover. An inability to cease drinking on their own is a sure sign that they need treatment.

 

  1. Your loved one hides or attempts to hide their drinking.

Many people who abuse alcohol attempt to hide their drinking from their loved ones not only to conceal the behavior, but also to avoid conflict or confrontation. If your loved one is drinking alone, lying about their drinking, or flaking on plans and commitments, particularly those that involve family, there is a good chance that their alcohol use is out of control.

 

  1. Your loved one often drinks alone or at odd times throughout the day.

Drinking first thing in the morning, late at night, or in isolation signifies that a person has now crossed the line into alcohol abuse.

 

  1. Your loved one develops tolerance.

Another big sign that your loved one may have a problem with drinking is needing to consume more of the same substance in order to receive the desired effect, or any effect at all. This is known as tolerance. Over time, the body adjusts to and expects the presence of alcohol. This requires the individual to consume more and more in order to allow their body to function in a normal manner.

 

  1. Your loved one experiences withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking.

Alcohol withdrawal is a sure sign that your loved one has become dependent on alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal includes the physical and mental symptoms that occur when a person stops or cuts back on their substance use. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, nausea, shaky hands, anxiety, vomiting, and sweating.

Many individuals who have developed tolerance will consider alcohol a need rather than a want in order to try to fend off withdrawal. If your loved one is displaying any of these signs, they may need to complete detox under medical supervision.

 

So, now that I have given you some of the warning signs, I think it’s important to talk about how to have a conversation with a loved one whom you may be concerned about. Here are a few helpful “do’s” and “don’ts” to guide your conversation:

First and foremost, approach them in a private setting. And whatever you do, don’t open with an accusation or threat, or bring up past hurts as ammunition for the conversation. Many individuals who suffer from alcohol use disorders carry a tremendous amount of shame related to their use. Confronting them in a judgmental manner will likely drive them further away while reinforcing the shame that they are already feeling.

Second, ask a lot of open-ended questions. These allow the individual to explore your concerns and their own behaviors without feeling attacked.

Third, be ready to listen to what your loved one has to say. It is important in this moment that your loved one feels heard and supported.

Finally, if they are willing to consider treatment, offer to help them find the solution that’s right for them.

While there is no right way to help a loved one, I hope these tips help you feel more empowered and better prepared to talk with a loved one who may be struggling.