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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DBT Skills for a New Season

Dialectical behavior therapy (or DBT) skills are a cornerstone component of clinical programming at Carolina House. We teach DBT skills at each level of care, and clients, staff, family, and friends all practice them. Many DBT techniques incorporate easy-to-remember acronyms.

The Carolina House clinical team compiled a list of DBT refreshers as we move away from summer into fall. Fall is a time of transition: changes in routine, work, school, and extracurricular activities. Take some time to review the following DBT skill list, and put them in your toolbox as we navigate this season of change.

TIP Skills
TIP skills change body chemistry in a crisis to reduce extreme emotions. “T” stands for temperature: Hold an ice pack or something cold. “I” stands for intensity: Being scared, crying, screaming, or punching a pillow are all appropriate forms of intensity. “P” stands for paced breathing: Breathe slowly and steadily. It can also stand for paired muscle relaxation. While breathing in, tense your muscles, and as you breathe out, relax.

Conscious Breathing
With conscious breathing, the main focus is awareness of the breath. There are lots of ways to do this: Breathe deeply, count to four as you breathe in and count to four as you breathe out, breathe in and out on a mantra, etc. Breathing is one of the most powerful ways we can help regulate our nervous system and decrease stress and anxiety.

“What” Skills
“What” skills help clients find grounding. In this skill, you observe, describe, and participate in what is currently happening. Try to do this without judgment. This is particularly hard when your experience is difficult, sad, or painful.

To practice observing, try putting one hand on a cool surface and the other on a warm surface. Notice the sensation on each hand for three breaths. Pay attention to how the sensation and temperature changes.

“How” Skills
“How” skills are the manner in which we hope to operate our “what” skills: nonjudgmentally, single-mindedly, and effectively. When practicing mindfulness, let go of judgments. Stick to the facts when describing something. Focus on the who, what, when, and where.

Nonjudgmental Stance
Taking a nonjudgmental stance is often harder to do in the moment than we expect. When you’re frustrated or angry, it’s difficult not to judge. But it can also be quite helpful. For example:

  • DON’T say: “It’s too hot today.”
  • DO say: “I better remember to grab my water bottle before heading out in this heat.”

You can also use this stance to describe relationships.

  • DON’T: “My partner is an inconsiderate jerk.”
  • DO: “I’ve had a crazy week, and it’s very frustrating to me that my partner is not helping out more.”

By taking a nonjudgmental stance, you take power away from emotions like anger, and you work toward problem-solving.

Willing Hands
Use “willing hands” when you feel angry. Place your hands on your lap or your thighs. With your hands unclenched, turn them outward with your palms up and fingers relaxed. This body language sends a message to your brain that signals you to be less angry. Remember, your face communicates to your brain and your body connects to your mind. A tip: Practice doing willing hands while imagining someone you are angry with. Observe how it felt to imagine being angry at someone with your hands open.