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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Pride Month 2019

It’s Pride Month. This is the month when we celebrate who we are. This is the month when we remember the courageous, beautiful, fed-up people who took to the streets to defend themselves against police brutality.

This is the month when we celebrate what it means to be ourselves, what it means to be able to be ourselves publicly, what it means to love and support and cherish each other. This is the month when we remember and celebrate those who are not able to be themselves publicly, and we show them love through our celebration of who they are, though they are not able to celebrate with us.

As we move through June, we also think about the ways in which our society is still not fully welcoming of who we are. We fight for acceptance, for the right to be ourselves, for respect and stability, and for the radical desire to live as we are, without having to hide or be scared. We demand love from our society, and when we are told no, we love each other more fiercely.

In this society, it is incredibly difficult to be transgender. It’s no wonder that we have higher rates of eating disorders, depression and anxiety, and suicide than our cisgender peers. We also have less access to competent care. In honor of Pride Month, we continue to fight for recovery, for ourselves and our well-being, and for the space to love who we are.

That fight is difficult. Some days, that fight looks like following your meal plan. Some days, that fight looks like doing the work in therapy. Some days, that fight looks like doing whatever it takes to still be alive at the end of the day. Some days, it barely looks like a fight at all from the outside.

To all of you who are fighting eating disorders, whatever that looks like for you, I honor you.

Whether you are participating in Pride or not, and whether you are able to feel the love around you or not, you deserve recovery. Here are some tips for trans folks in recovery:

  1. Find your community.

Find the people you can be yourself around. Find the people who help you accept yourself just a little bit more. Find the people who think that you are special and valuable, because you are. Find the people who support your recovery through their actions, words, and being.

It’s worth finding an in-person LGBTQ+ eating disorder support group, if one exists near you. In these spaces, you can discuss the realities of being a trans person with an eating disorder. If such a group does not exist near you, find that kind of community online.

Go to your local LGBTQ+ center. Join a transgender support group. Attend a drag show. Join an LGBTQ+ book club. Find places where you feel comfortable showing up as yourself.

  1. Find a treatment team that you feel safe with.

I know, I know, this is HARD.

But there are treatment teams who embrace Health at Every Size (HAES), and who are also eating disorder-competent and trans-competent. They do exist. If there aren’t any in your area, find providers who are willing to learn.

Check out online listings, connect with your local LGBTQ+ centers, and ask around for recommendations to find competent providers.

If there’s nothing in your area, investigate online care options.

  1. You don’t need to love your body, but you do need to take care of it.

Too much of eating disorder treatment and body positivity sends the message of “love your body!” This can be a complicated message for trans folks. Loving your body might be impossible right now. Instead, consider respecting it, honoring it, and taking care of it. Orient toward what your body can help you do. This might include transition goals. You need your body to get the nutrition it needs in order to meet any transition goals, because you need your body to be alive in order to transition.

  1. Remember that trans people exist in all shapes and sizes.

Representation of trans folks mostly looks like thin, white, androgynous-to-masculine folks. That’s not the reality! Trans people exist in all shapes and sizes, and no shape is more “trans” than any other.

Be aware that some “advice” on how to pass can promote disordered eating habits. Realize that this isn’t recovery-focused. Stick to transition goals that are in line with your recovery.

  1. Fill your social media feeds with trans folks in all shapes and sizes!

In a society that is as cis-normative and diet-oriented as ours is, it is so difficult to feel like we are valuable and beautiful as we are. To change your frame, change what you’re taking in. Fill your social media feeds with trans folks in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. Sam Dylan Finch
  2. Alok Vaid-Menon
  3. @comfyfattravels
  4. @mermaidqueenjude
  5. @plussizetransguy
  6. @thejeffreymarsh
  7. @decolonizing_fitness

After that, add recovery-oriented and HAES people and providers in general!