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Eating disorders are hard to recognize because those suffering from the condition learn to hide the unhealthy behaviors. Over 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States and it has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. One person dies every 62 minutes from the effects of eating disorders. But there is hope for those suffering. Intensive outpatient programs, IOP treatment, and especially PHP treatment can offer the support needed to treat eating disorders. Our program is supported by evidence based treatment and focuses on adventure based therapies. Outdoor activities and frequent accessibility to working out at the gym, cycling, kayaking, and many other ways to help lose weight while treating your drug or alcohol problems.

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are unhealthy relationships with food that usually develop in teenage years. These disorders are more common in girls and women, but are seeing an increase in transgender populations. These disorders coexist with other mental disorders such as depression, low self-esteem, fear and anxiety, and difficulty coping with emotions. Substance abuse is common as many people will use chemicals to manipulate hunger or weight loss.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are three main types of eating disorders recognized today.

  1. Anorexia Nervosa: Excessive weight loss and dieting, sometimes to the point of starvation.
  2. Binge Eating: Frequent or regular episodes of extreme overeating and feelings of loss of control over eating habits.
  3. Bulimia Nervosa: Binge eating and then purging the food out of the body.

People suffering from any of these disorders feel out of control, unable to stop themselves from harmful eating habits. This is where IOP and/or PHP treatment can help.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

Treatment for eating disorders gives extra support for those people who have completed inpatient or partial hospitalization programs. People who are ready to return to normal life but still need support during the evening hours. Those receiving IOP support stay in a home with others also recovering from eating disorders and substance abuse. But they can return to work or school while receiving treatment. IOP treatment provides an individual treatment plan with cognitive behavioral counseling, peer group support, nutrition therapy, and specialized group therapies. Depending on diagnosis, one may attend a body image group, interpersonal therapy group, eating disorder educational group, and stress management groups.

What makes IOP or PHP Treatment for eating disorders unique is that the program offers therapeutic meals in the evenings. This is a time for a positive and relaxed meal experience with others who are also learning how to have a healthy relationship with food.

Does IOP or PHP Treatment for Eating Disorders Work?

Most people stay in IOP treatment with eating disorders for 4-8 weeks. Success in the program is possible if one will work hard and wants to overcome eating disorders. Before leaving the program, each person plans continual treatment and support in the home community with the help of his or her counselor. With PHP treatment you also have access to many of our healthy lifestyle alternatives that will help you shed pounds with motivational support from your team.  

Looking for to lose weight while you recover from addiction?

If you or a loved one is suffering with eating disorders during your stay, consider IOP or PHP treatment. Call Northlake Recovery in Southern Florida for more information at (561)-770-6616. We are waiting to help you.

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