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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Treatment Center for Trauma & Eating Disorder Rehab in North & South Carolina

For over 10 years, Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center has helped change the lives of individuals struggling with the effects of trauma. Carolina House proudly serves people of all genders age 17 and older from across the country who are struggling with eating disorders and other co-occurring concerns.

Understanding Trauma

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Many individuals have a preconceived notion that trauma is something that only occurs to those who have served in the military or who have gone through extreme medical emergencies. While each of those experiences can cause trauma to occur, so can a number of other events.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), trauma is defined as the emotional response to a terrible event. In addition to combat and medical emergencies, other things can lead to the development of trauma including acts of terrorism, verbal or online harassment, car accidents, the death or loss of a loved one, physical or emotional abuse, and serious illnesses. Being in a state of shock or denial are common in the aftermath of one of these occurrences, however, when an individual continues to go through deeply unpleasant symptoms such as flashbacks, recurrent memories, physical pain, and irrational fears, then he or she might be facing trauma. Thankfully, relief from trauma can be found at professional treatment and rehab centers specializing in eating disorders and co-occurring trauma.

Trauma has been linked to a number of self-defeating behaviors such as substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide. Fortunately, with the help of professional treatment and rehab, those who struggle with trauma can obtain skills that will allow them to work through their symptoms and emotions in a healthier manner, as well as defat the psychological distress that can leave serious negative effects if untreated. With proper treatment from an eating disorder and trauma rehab center like Carolina House, located in North Carolina, and servicing South Carolina and surrounding states, recovery is possible.


Trauma statistics

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that between three and four percent of adults in the country will be afflicted with trauma within any given 12-month period of time, with nearly 35% of these cases considered severe. Sadly, about 50% of these individuals will fail to obtain the help they need. According to the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, one in four children in the country will go through and/or witness a traumatic event before age four, and more than 60% will be exposed to crime or violence by age 17. Nearly 10% of women and 4% of men in the United States will suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). High-quality treatment and rehab centers like Carolina House, located in North Carolina, and servicing South Carolina and surrounding states, can help all of these populations recover from trauma.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of trauma

Trauma does not cause the same symptoms to occur in all cases, so it is not always obvious when someone needs to seek treatment and rehab at a professional center. Some people might exhibit different symptoms based on a number of factors, however some of the most common behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms are listed below:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Unexplained outbursts of anger or aggressiveness
  • Acting in a dangerous or reckless manner
  • Abusing alcohol or another drug
  • Having irrational responses to stimuli that remind one of the traumatic event
  • Decline in performance at work or in school
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Avoiding activities or places that remind one of the traumatic event

Physical symptoms:

  • Headaches and abdominal pain
  • Sleep problems, including disturbingly vivid nightmares

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Experiencing flashbacks, or recurrent memories of the traumatic incident
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Depersonalization
  • Inability to focus or concentrate

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Emotional detachment
  • Dissociation
  • Anhedonia
  • Depression
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Dramatic mood swings

Effects of trauma

When trauma goes untreated, it can cause severely disruptive effects in all areas of an individual’s life. The effects that trauma that is not cared for at a treatment and rehab center can produce can include:

  • Homelessness
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Injuries related to substance abuse or reckless behavior
  • Academic failure
  • Job loss and chronic unemployment
  • Family discord
  • Ruined interpersonal relationships
  • Social withdrawal and self-isolation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • High blood pressure
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Digestive problems
Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for trauma at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center in North & South Carolina

Trauma that is not addressed can cause permanent physical and psychological damage. Adolescents and adults who do not obtain the professional care required to cope with their symptoms of trauma might turn to the abuse of substances to curb their emotional pain, which can make this situation much more complex and even more dangerous. Those whose trauma has caused them to feel out of control in their lives might start developing an eating disorder, self-harm behaviors, or reckless behavior. Trauma that remains untreated can also begin manifesting itself through depression, anxiety, and paranoia, which can impact one’s ability to attend work, school, or live up to his or her daily responsibilities. The feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and despair that can surround trauma can cause an individual to isolate him or herself from others, which, when combined with substance abuse or additional mental health conditions, can cause job loss, financial distress, and homelessness. Receiving comprehensive treatment and rehab at a professional center is enormously advantageous for those who are suffering from trauma.

When an individual is grappling with trauma and has the ability to work with professionals, these symptoms and effects can be decreased, allowing a healthier and more hopeful future to peak through. Comprehensive residential treatment and rehab is an excellent means of providing individuals who struggle with trauma with the medical, psychological, and therapeutic support needed to reclaim their lives once and for all.

Located in North Carolina, and servicing South Carolina and surrounding states, our world-class programming at Carolina House 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.

To obtain more information about trauma treatment and rehab at our center, especially at it pertains to eating disorders, please reach out to us today. We look forward to answering your many questions, and are here to help you decide if Carolina House is the best fit for your mental health needs.

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The staff did such a great job helping me develop tools I needed to overcome my eating disorder and trauma. Thank you Carolina House!

– a former resident
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)