Gender-Inclusive Eating Disorder Recovery Programs

Carolina House offers a range of programming options for individuals age 17 and older of all genders who are struggling with an eating disorder and co-occurring behavioral health concerns.  

Program Overview

At Carolina House, we provide programming for individuals who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and other eating disorders, as well as those who have co-occurring concerns. We offer several levels of care to ensure that each individual receives the support they need.  

People age 17 and older can benefit from eating disorder and co-occurring disorder care in the following programs: 

  • Residential treatment: Individuals receive 24/7 support to help them achieve stabilization before entering a lower level of care. 
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP): Individuals can receive the highest level of outpatient care in our PHP, with several hours of therapy each day, multiple days a week.  
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): Individuals who participate in our IOP receive fewer hours of therapy each week than in our PHP while preparing to transition out of treatment.  

Each program incorporates evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), yoga and mindfulness-based therapies, movement therapy, and nutrition education.  

During the admissions process, our team can help determine which level of care is best for each individual based on their unique concerns and treatment goals.  

Residential Treatment

In our residential treatment program, individuals benefit from 24/7 support that includes basic medical care and medication management. Our professional therapists, dietitians, and chefs lead group therapy sessions several times each day, and we provide individual and group therapy sessions as needed. 

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our PHP offers eating disorder treatment for anyone age 17 and older. Individuals can enter this program directly or after completing a higher level of care, such as residential.  

The PHP at Carolina House involves a structured schedule with several hours of therapy each day, several days a week. Counseling includes group sessions that focus on a range of eating disorder treatment topics, along with weekly individual and family therapy sessions.  

When not in therapy, individuals can return home. The typical length of stay at this level is about four to eight weeks.  

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our IOP provides care that is more intensive than that of traditional outpatient services while still offering a structured therapy schedule. Individuals can enter this level after completing the PHP, or they may enter it directly.  

Like our PHP, our IOP involves several hours of therapy each day. However, individuals in the IOP participate in fewer hours of therapy each week than those in the PHP. A typical IOP schedule consists of several group sessions each week, along with individual and family sessions as needed.  

The length of stay in our IOP varies depending on each individual’s concerns.  

Culinary Program

At Carolina House, we understand that establishing a healthy relationship with food preparation is an essential part of eating disorder recovery.  

In our culinary program, individuals can gather their own nutritious food from the garden, prepare meals in the kitchen, and discover that food is a tool for optimal overall health. By practicing culinary skills, individuals can gain a stronger sense of independence as they prepare to return to their daily life after treatment.  

Our team can incorporate culinary therapy and nutrition therapy into each person’s treatment depending on their needs.  

Inclusive Care

At Carolina House, our programs are inclusive to ensure that every person receives the care they need in a safe and welcoming environment.  

At every level of care, we offer treatment for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We understand that eating disorders do not affect only women, so we provide male-inclusive care with therapy that addresses men’s unique needs as well.  

The team at Carolina House is dedicated to making sure that each person in our care is treated with respect and compassion to create a space where life-changing healing can begin.  

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Carolina House. 

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