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Help and Hope for a Wide Range of Eating Disorders

Brighten Bay understands the pain that an eating disorder can bring to not only the one suffering but also their loved ones. Our experienced staff is here to help you or your loved one along the road to recovery. As you explore our treatment options, you may have questions. We’ve gathered answers to some of the most common queries below, so you can find them all in one place.

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An eating disorder is any pattern of eating that leads to disruption in someone’s behaviors, thinking, and mood state that could lead to disruptions in his or her ability to function in any number of areas — including interpersonal relationships, social situations, school, and work — and, eventually, disruptions in health. Someone who suffers from this type of disorder will continue such behaviors, despite evidence that it is not in that person’s best interest. Such driven behaviors may be caused by any number of factors and serve any number of purposes, but they are harmful and can result in significant functional impairment — even leading to death in some extreme cases.

Warning signs of an eating disorder can include alterations in weight, preoccupation with body image, disruptions in eating patterns, preoccupation with the nutritional content of foods, changes in exercise patterns, use of laxatives, diuretics and diet pills, mood fluctuations, and physical symptoms such as fainting spells from malnutrition and dehydration.

We offer inpatient, residential, and partial-hospitalization levels of care for women and girls struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, and related issues. Patients are separated by age, with those 11-17 in our adolescent program and women 18 and older in our adult program. Our expert treatment team is equipped to assess and treat a variety of eating disorder-related physical symptoms and to provide supplemental nutrition support through nasogastric tube feedings when clinically indicated. We can also accommodate people with diabetes, a variety of food allergies, and vegetarian meal plans.

Inpatient treatment provides care 24 hours a day. Sometimes, it is better to be taken out of your home environment to focus fully on recovery for a period of time. After an extensive evaluation, a group of therapists, counselors, and psychologists devise a personalized treatment plan. At Brighten Bay, that plan is based on the patient’s diagnosis, interests, and personality, and usually consists of group and one-on-one therapy, educational sessions, along with holistic offerings like expressive arts, recreation, and equine therapy.

Eating disorder treatment at Brighten Bay is about far more than food, and our treatment methods extend far beyond group and one-on-one therapy sessions. Our patients learn the skills and methods necessary to sustain the recovery by focusing on education, resiliency, and self-regulation. Treatment is led by a well-qualified multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing assistance and support 24 hours a day. We blend proven methods like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a focus on trauma resolution with nutrition counseling, equine therapy, psychoeducation, expressive arts, meal exposure therapy, and more to create a customized treatment plan that meets each individual’s specific needs.

Our Admissions team can provide a free assessment that will help determine the level of care that will provide the best support for your specific needs. If you or a loved one needs help, please call 866-995-5469 today to schedule your free assessment.

Get Answers to Your Questions

If you or a loved one would like to know more about eating disorder treatment at Brighten Bay, give us a call to speak to one of our trained intake coordinators. We’re here to help.