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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DBT Program

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.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the core foundation of our eating disorders program. Every member of our staff is thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in the DBT skill sets, particularly as they apply to eating disorders. In addition to DBT group sessions, the clinical staff at Carolina House integrates DBT skills into every aspect of treatment.

Originally developed in the 1970s by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., DBT is a well-researched approach proven to be highly effective in treating eating disorders through teaching effective coping skills. The DBT skills are Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

More than a therapeutic approach, DBT helps eating disorder sufferers develop life skills to create healthy relationships, resolve conflicts, and abstain from disordered eating both during and after treatment.

Core Mindfulness

Core Mindfulness involves developing the capacity to stop the “chatter” of the mind and nourish present-moment awareness of physical, emotional, and relational experiences. We strive to increase our awareness of present experience without judgment. Through the use of mindfulness skills, we can become alerted to potential triggers,  emotional states and problematic choices that can result in engaging in eating disorder behaviors. We also strive to increase our capacity to make wise choices when we function with awareness, and understand how our choices impact our experiences.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal Effectiveness includes strategies for working through interpersonal conflicts with a balance of assertiveness and consideration for others. By learning appropriate ways to make requests, say no, and communicate feelings, clients find healthy ways to get their needs met without damaging their relationships or losing self-respect. Clients at Carolina House frequently put to use their “DEAR MAN” skills:

D: Describe

E: Express

A: Assert

R: Reinforce

M: Mindful

A: Appear Confident

N: Negotiate

Emotion Regulation

Emotion Regulation helps eating disorder sufferers identify and process their emotions without becoming angry, depressed, or anxious. We teach various methods of learning to accept emotions as a necessary step toward effectively addressing our needs. Our patients are frequently very emotional and there is a strong component of emotional distress when we talk about disordered eating. As such, we work to help people understand, accept, reduce, and even change emotional states that can be painful.

Our emotion regulation module is dedicated to three related goals:

  1. Accurately identifying and labeling emotions and understanding their functions.
  2. Reducing vulnerability to negative emotion and increasing positive emotions.
  3. Working on changing emotional states through the use of various skills such as opposite action.

Emotion regulation skills also help patients make choices that help develop a healthy lifestyle, cultivate positive relationships, work toward personal goals, and take a positive outlook on life and non-judgmental stance on emotion.

Distress Tolerance

Distress Tolerance emphasizes learning to deal with stress and painful emotions skillfully, without making the situation worse. The reality of life is that sometimes we will not be able to solve our problems, no matter how skillfully we act. The Distress Tolerance skills are not designed to change a situation, but to help us survive and eliminate suffering. Through the use of skills such as distracting, awareness exercises, and radical acceptance we can work to get through a situation, reduce suffering, and minimize potential long-term problems.

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While I was stuck in my eating disorder, I felt lost and insecure. Carolina House helped me regain control of my life and I couldn’t be happier!

– 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)