Eating Disorder Treatment
We provide Weight Management, Eating Disorder Treatment, Diabetes/Diabetic Counseling, Obesity, and Nutrition Counseling. Respect for each individual is the foundation of our treatment approach. Live Well Services, Inc. provides skilled care that understands the unique recovery challenges of each individual and the strengths to successfully meet them. Live Well Services, Inc. provides a safe and supportive environment to persons affected by eating disorders and related conditions in order to encourage long-term abstinence and recovery. Live Well Services, Inc. recognizes that recovery is a process and not a one-time event. We are committed to on-going support of that process.Please read the Eating Disorder Track document Please read information about Bulimia Please read information about Anorexia Please read information about Diet Risks
Tips for Parents: Recognition and Prevention of Eating Disorders
Be aware of what can happen to the body as a product of starvation, nutrition deprivation and purging. It could help you begin to recognize symptoms of an eating disorder in your child.
- Hair can stop growing and even fall out.
- Severe fasting or exercising can cause muscles to deteriorate.
- Bone loss (osteoporosis can occur at any age).
- The body can become abnormally cold, and in an effort to keep warm, fine hair can grow all over the body, even on the face and stomach.
- Reproductive functions can completely shut down, and periods can become irregular or stop altogether.
- Excessive vomiting or laxative abuse can lead to cardiac arrest.
- Purging causes chronic sore throats and eye vessels may burst.
- Wearing large-sized clothing to hide weight loss.
- Avoiding family or functions involving food.
- Research shows that 5,000 girls die every year from eating disorders.
Goals of Treatment1. Restoration and maintenance of a healthy body weight. 2. Development of a healthy relationship with food, including nutritional balance. 3. Treatment of psychiatric disorders related to eating disorders, including mood disorders, body perceptions, and trauma and self-esteem issues. 4. Renewed sense of optimism, self-confidence, physical and emotional strength. 5. Improved family and interpersonal relationships. Development of a recovery network. 6. Maintaining recovery.
Psycho-Social-Nutritional Treatment Model
Live Well Services utilizes Psycho-Social-Nutritional Treatment, recognizing there are interconnecting issues that must be addressed for successful recovery from eating disorders. Treatment is multifaceted, and individualized.
We propose an Intensive Outpatient approach: 3 visits per week, 4 hours of group per week, plus 1 hour of individual and/or family counseling, totaling up to 6 hours per week.
1. Psychotherapy groups: 2 times per week, 1.5 hrs each. Focus: Understanding the psychodynamic relationship between feelings, thoughts, and symptoms. Learning healthier coping strategies when dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, hurt. Supportive therapy to recognize and build strengths, assertiveness, self-esteem. Cognitive-behavioral therapy to reduce "cognitive distortions", including self-distortions/body image distortions. Reducing social isolation and building social supports for recovery.
2. Individual therapy: 1-2 times per week, 1 hour each. Interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy. To address emotional and sexual trauma issues, self-esteem issues. Addressing body image distortions. Dealing with fears and guilt.
3. Group meal times: 2 times per week. Normalizing social eating and nutritional health. Support for healthy behaviors.
4. Nutritional Counseling: Bi-weekly. Individualized review of meal plans, food journals, body image concerns. Weight check and counseling.
5. Art Therapy: Weekly. Emotional expression through alternative symbolic means.