Gender-Inclusive Compulsive Overeating Treatment and Therapy

For over 10 years, Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center has helped change the lives of individuals who are struggling with compulsive overeating. 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.

Compulsive Overeating Treatment

Learn more about compulsive overeating treatment at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center in North Carolina

Compulsive eating disorder occurs when individuals consume food excessively in response to emotional upset, stress, or other issues that cause distress in their lives. Engaging in this type of behavior can lead to obesity and accompanying health issues, such as diabetes and heart problems. Allowing an eating disorder like this to persist can be extremely dangerous, which is why it is imperative for treatment to be obtained in order for individuals dealing with this situation to recover successfully. Thankfully, relief from this disorder can be found at professional treatment and rehab centers specializing in compulsive overeating.

At Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states, we know just how pervasive the condition of compulsive eating can be. We know that compulsive eating is not just a “bad habit” and we understand that this behavior is tied to a variety of emotional and psychological issues. Therefore, we go above and beyond to ensure that each individual who comes to our treatment and rehab center for care receives a complete and comprehensive approach to treatment so that the underlying causes of compulsive eating can be addressed and rectified. At Carolina House, individuals can reclaim their lives from compulsive overeating at our treatment and rehab center and begin building a positive future.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for compulsive overeating

When you have a loved one who is faced with the many challenges that come with compulsive overeating, it can be extremely difficult to stand by and feel like there is nothing you can do. For most, the many efforts they put forth to help their loved one seem to be ineffective, promoting feelings of frustration and hopelessness. Continuing to watch a loved one engage in the behaviors that accompany compulsive eating can be taxing and upsetting. However, despite the many emotions that you might be having, it is important to know that there are always things that you can do to help your loved one get on the path towards recovery, including:

  • Continue to show your support to your loved one. However, be mindful that being supportive and enabling their behavior are very different. You can remain supportive by consistently encouraging treatment for compulsive overeating at a rehab center, asking how they are feeling or how they are doing, and serving as a good listener when they feel the need to express their emotions.
  • Speak with your loved one about your concerns. Approach them in a calm and non-judgmental manner, and let them know that their behaviors are causing you to become worried about their wellbeing. Then, your loved one know that you want to help.
  • Gather as much information about compulsive overeating as possible. Learning the ins and outs of this type of eating disorder can help you better understand what your loved one is experiencing and develop a greater sense of empathy towards them.
  • Look into treatment and rehab centers that specialize in compulsive overeating, either locally or in another state. Compile contact information, as well as information on admissions and programming. Share your findings with your loved one, and encourage them to consider getting help at one of these treatment and rehab centers.

Above all else, keep showing your loved one that you care and that you are there as a pillar of support. Let your loved one know that you will do everything you can to help them obtain the treatment and rehab for compulsive overeating that can save their life.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for compulsive overeating at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center in North Carolina

When an individual is trapped in the dangerous cycle of compulsive overeating, they place themselves at serious risk for developing dangerous physical side effects. These effects include developing diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disease, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Additionally, arthritis, stroke, bone damage, and hypertension are associated with compulsive overeating. Psychologically, one can start experiencing depression, which can dramatically impact their desire to get better. When compulsive eating continues, an individual risks withdrawing from their loved ones or previously enjoyed activities, as well as underachieving at work or at school. Thankfully, there is treatment available for those who are afflicted with this serious condition from a compulsive overeating rehab center like Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states.

Types of Treatment

Types of compulsive overeating treatment offered at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center in North Carolina

Since 2006, we, at Carolina House, have been devoted to providing world-class, gender-inclusive residential treatment and rehab to those who are in need of comprehensive treatment to overcome the symptoms of compulsive overeating. Situated in a serene, wooded setting, Carolina House offers clients of any gender age 17 and older a tranquil environment that is fully conducive to true and lasting healing. We hold ourselves to a standard of excellence in the care we deliver so that anyone who engages in treatment and rehab at our center for compulsive overeating with us can succeed in discovering a renewed life of wellness.

At Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states, we have made it our goal to provide a beautiful, safe, and nurturing environment that is run by highly trained and supportive staff. We use a structured, multifaceted treatment and rehab approach at our center for compulsive overeating that is designed to usher clients successfully into life-long recovery. Our treatment approach also encourages self-exploration towards transformation through self-nurturing expressions of living. This goal and these treatment and rehab approaches are met by providing clients with individualized treatment plans that are catered to meet each of their very unique needs. Various aspects that may be incorporated into these treatment and rehab plans at our compulsive overeating treatment center are described in the following:

Medical care: Clients who are battling an eating disorder often need consistent medical attention to address such concerns as re-feeding issues, complications from starvation, somatic complaints, electrolyte imbalances, and/or gastrointestinal distress. Carolina House provides 24-hour nursing care for all clients, and employs a contracted medical doctor, a psychiatrist, and a registered dietitian, all of whom are skilled in the treatment of eating disorders. These professionals are able to meet with clients to ensure that their recovery remains on a healthy track.

Re-Feeding: When treating an eating disorder, there is often the need for re-feeding interventions to be made in order to help get clients back on track with proper nutritional intake. At Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states, clients are closely involved with the registered dietitian, the culinary staff therapist, and the clinical and medical teams so that specialized meal plans can be devised. These meal plans are designed to adequately address the nutritional needs of each client during each stage of treatment. Meals are closely monitored by staff in order to provide the highest level of support as clients reach nutritional stabilization and decrease their participation in the rituals and behaviors that are symptomatic of compulsive overeating.

Culinary program: All clients at Carolina House may take part in our culinary program, which offers them full kitchen access throughout their time spent in treatment and rehab at our center for anorexia nervosa. Setting us apart from other eating disorder programs throughout the country, participation in this program provides clients with the unique opportunity to experience meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and a family-style eating environment, all of which work toward building self-confidence as clients make their way through treatment. We also offer a vegetarian meal plan for those who wish to follow a plant-based diet.

Medication management: When individuals are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to compulsive eating, the use of certain medications may be recommended in order to help alleviate some of their distress. Clients at our compulsive overeating treatment and rehab center have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once or twice a week in order to determine the need for any medication, as well as to monitor the therapeutic effectiveness of any medication prescribed.

Individual therapy: Clients are provided with one full individual therapy session each week that typically lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. Additionally, clients will meet with their therapists for one brief check-in session each week, which usually lasts about 30 minutes. These sessions are designed to provide clients with an opportunity to meet in a private, confidential setting with their therapists so that they can discuss their progress in treatment, process through any setbacks that may have arisen, and celebrate any successes that have occurred while in treatment and rehab for compulsive overeating at our center.

Family therapy: Recognizing how important family involvement can be in our clients’ successful recovery from compulsive overeating, the staff at Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states, incorporates family therapy into our clients’ treatment plans. Family therapy sessions are offered on a weekly basis with a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, meeting for an average of 45 to 60 minutes for each session. If deemed appropriate and therapeutically beneficial to clients, additional family sessions may be added on an as needed basis.

Group therapy: When working to overcome compulsive overeating behaviors, group therapy sessions have proven to be incredibly beneficial and effective. Clients typically participate in an average of six group therapy sessions each weekday, four group sessions on Saturdays, and two group sessions on Sundays. These group therapy sessions are typically broken down as follows:

  • Two Food and Feeling Groups take place every day. These are short, skills identification groups that occur after every lunch or dinner.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups take place three times per week and are facilitated by a licensed counselor who is specially trained in DBT.
  • Interpersonal Process Groups occur two times per week and are led by a licensed therapist and other qualified professionals who have been fully trained in the group modality.
  • Three Integrated Health Groups take place each week and are led by a licensed clinical specialist and are attended by all clients. Weekly offsite meetings are also made available to clients who need them.
  • A variety of other groups occur during the week as well, including both process and psychoeducational groups. The topics that are covered during these sessions vary but may include discussions on body image, media awareness, empowerment, nutrition, and guided self-care, among many others.

Experiential therapy: In order to offer clients a holistic approach to the treatment, Carolina House offers a number of experiential therapy options at our compulsive overeating treatment and rehab center, in addition to the more traditional therapeutic interventions. Examples of these therapies include the following:

  • Culinary Group
  • Embodying Recovery (a sensorimotor psychotherapy group)
  • Yoga therapy
  • Strength training
  • Walks
  • Art therapy
  • Body movement activities
  • Games

Receiving comprehensive treatment and rehab in a residential setting is enormously advantageous for those who are suffering from compulsive overeating. However, at Carolina House, located in North Carolina and also serving South Carolina and surrounding states, we recognize that completion of residential treatment and rehab at our center does not always mean that clients have finished achieving full recovery from their eating disorders. For this reason, we offer continuing care services through our partial day treatment program and our intensive outpatient program.

Additionally, keeping in mind that recovery is an ongoing process, the staff at Carolina House is dedicated to ensuring that clients have a definitive plan set in place prior to their being discharged. From the time of admission to our compulsive overeating treatment and rehab center, clients’ primary therapists are assessing their outside resources and determining what services need to be in place in order to support a smooth discharge plan. Typically, the goal will be to step down to a lower level of care slowly so that clients can be fully prepared for increased independence.

If you or a loved one is suffering from compulsive overeating, the staff at Carolina House wants to help. Located in North Carolina, 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. Do not continue to suffer. Let the staff at Carolina House show you that there’s a better way to live.

Things were getting worse and worse before coming to Carolina House, but my now my life has never been better. I can't remember the last time I felt so happy and confident with myself. I couldn't have got here without them.

– a former resident
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