Increased Demand for Eating Disorders Care Drives Eating Recovery Center to Expand
In response to increasing demand for eating disorders care, Eating Recovery Center, a national center for eating disorders recovery providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia and bulimia, has expanded its treatment capacity. The Center has relocated its Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an 11.5-hour-per-day, non-residential eating disorder program, from its adult behavioral hospital to a new 16,000-square foot facility in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. The new dedicated facility nearly doubles the PHP’s current treatment capacity.
“This expansion enables us to provide much-needed treatment to more individuals and families who struggle with these devastating diseases,” said Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, chief executive officer, chief medical officer and founding partner of Eating Recovery Center. “Though the program has expanded, the PHP’s high patient to therapist ratio and small group structure ensure that each patient has a highly individualized treatment experience.”
The PHP, now open at 8190 E. 1st Avenue, is designed to help men and women ages 18 and older practice recovery skills they can translate into their post-treatment lives. The program can operate as either a step-down from Inpatient and Residential eating disorders programs or a step up for Outpatient Program participants who need more structure and support. Eating Recovery Center’s PHP accepts patients moving within its own treatment continuum, entering treatment for the first time or transitioning from other eating disorders programs.
While many partial hospitalization programs are comprised of six to eight hours of programming offered five to seven days per week, Eating Recovery Center’s PHP provides 11.5 hours of treatment seven days per week. The nearly full day of programming supports patients through all meals and snacks and offers ample structure to help patients interrupt eating disorders behaviors and restore weight. Patients have the opportunity to practice recovery at night, spending evenings at home or in peer-supported apartment communities provided by Eating Recovery Center.
Unique among PHPs, Eating Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program is designed by nationally recognized eating disorders experts, supervised by two full-time, onsite psychiatrists, and medically supported by a full-time, onsite nurse. Primary therapists, family therapists, dietitians and internists provide ongoing individualized care.
“The PHP’s integrated treatment philosophy combines medical, psychiatric, nutritional and psychological elements to give patients and families the tools to achieve lasting behavioral change,” said Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, NCC, clinical director of Eating Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program. “This level of treatment is a critical stage in the eating disorders treatment continuum because it helps patients practice their recovery skills and test their abilities in a supported environment.”
Experiential therapies, such as grocery store and restaurant outings, help patients overcome anxieties and develop skills they can translate to their post-treatment lives. Patients learn cooking, portioning and serving food in Eating Recovery Center’s teaching kitchen. Daily meals and snacks, prepared by onsite professional chefs, provide patients with an opportunity to practice making healthy choices in a supported environment. Skills groups and individual therapy help patients process experiences and build a recovery mindset.
The only privately owned eating disorders treatment center providing all levels of care for adults, adolescents and children struggling with eating disorders, Eating Recovery Center also operates a behavioral hospital for adults, a behavioral hospital treating children and adolescents ages 10 through 17 and an outpatient services office.
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