At Montecatini, we understand that binge-eating disorder is a serious mental health condition that can exert a profound physical and emotional toll, and that calls for a comprehensive and clinically sophisticated course of treatment. The inability to control one’s behavior when in the midst of an eating binge is deeply painful, and the resultant shame, guilt, and distress can be devastating. From unhealthy weight gain to the development or exacerbation of co-occurring mental health disorders, the impact of untreated binge-eating disorder can undermine a person’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing.
Our hope at Montecatini is to be the place where the pain of binge-eating disorder ends and your promise of a healthier future, with real freedom and inner-peace, begins. Together, we will identify the factors that may have contributed to the development of this disorder, and work with you to develop the skills and strategies that will empower you to regain control over your behaviors, resist the urge to binge, and deal with life’s stresses and pressures in a healthy and compassionate manner.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Eating disorders can be painful not only for those suffering from them, but also for the people who love someone with an eating disorder. Perhaps your loved one is a friend, daughter, partner, relative, or sister. The strain of watching her suffer from the physical and emotional effects of binge-eating disorder, combined with a feeling of being unable to do anything to help, can be all but overwhelming. Thankfully, however, you can take the following steps to help your loved one find healing:
- Educate yourself about the signs, symptoms, and effects of binge-eating disorder. The better you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the more prepared you will be to provide effective and empathetic assistance.
- Get help. Talk to trusted friends and family members. Express your concerns, share your knowledge, and empower them to form a support network that can be an invaluable source for your loved one before, during, and after she is in treatment.
- Research treatment options that have helped others whose situations were similar to what your loved one is currently experiencing. Identify programs that provide the type of care that is best suited to your loved one’s unique needs.
- Share this information with your loved one and the other members of her support network. With her consent, set up appointments to meet with professionals, tour programs, and find the right place to get help.
- While your loved one is in treatment, remain an active source of support and encouragement. If you are able to participate in family therapy sessions or other activities for loved ones, make every effort to do so.
- Do not neglect your own needs. You and the other members of your support group cannot provide optimal support if you are failing to address your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
- We host a free ANAD Family and Friends Support Group every Wednesday.
Finally, do not lose sight of the fact that recovery from binge-eating disorder is a long-term experience, and your loved one will need continued support. Plan to be an active positive presence every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment?
Binge-eating disorder is a serious mental health condition that, in the absence of effective professional intervention, can lead to a wide range of negative physical and psychological outcomes. For example, the shame and guilt that are associated with binge-eating disorder can have a drastic impact on a person’s self-worth and self-esteem, and can significantly lower quality of life. Anxiety, depression, self-isolation, and suicidal ideation are among the many psychological risks of untreated binge-eating disorder. Physically, binge-eating disorder can increase a person’s likelihood for developing hypertension, heart disease, Type II diabetes, joint pain, sleep apnea, and a host of other weight-related diseases and disorders.
- Treatment is provided in a warm, family-like atmosphere.
- Programming is supplied by staff who demonstrate true empathy.
- Customized, multi-dimensional treatment plans are created for each client.
- Skill-building opportunities are provided so that clients can learn to integrate healthy behaviors into daily living.
- Personalized, consistent care is afforded to each client.
- Comprehensive family support and therapy are integral parts of treatment at Montecatini.
- Simultaneous treatment for co-occurring disorders is available.
- Renowned medical and psychiatric management round out the therapeutic services we offer.
- Nutrition therapy is factored into each client’s treatment in order to help them reestablish a healthy relationship with food.
- A full continuum of care is offered in order to ensure each client’s long-term recovery.
At Montecatini, we believe that no matter how long you have suffered from an eating disorder, recovery is possible and hope is manifested daily, as we work together in support of your long-term healing and inner-peace.
Types of Treatment Offered at Montecatini
Since treating our very first client in 1991, Montecatini has helped inspire and transform the lives of hundreds of women. We are nationally recognized as a leading provider of eating disorder treatment and are dedicated to helping our clients resume their lives as healthy, joyful individuals who are ready to live to their fullest potential. Women between the ages of 16 and 55 can heal in our residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. These programs are designed to help our clients overcome anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Montecatini is located just three miles from the Pacific Coastline in picturesque Carlsbad, California. The center itself is home-like and our staff puts forth every effort to ensure that the atmosphere we create is both peaceful and conducive to recovery. Each client is treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and her care will be personalized to her unique history, challenges, life experiences, and needs.
Our staff of passionate and devoted professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with eating, work in close collaboration with each client who comes to us for treatment. By creating personalized plans for each person who chooses to heal with us, we are able to provide the highest quality of care while honoring the individuality of each client. Depending upon the outcome of an initial assessment, clients may have the following interventions incorporated into their customized treatment plans:
Medical care: For clients who are medically stable yet still require medical care as they navigate the recovery process, Montecatini is pleased to offer renowned medical care. As a distinguished provider of eating disorder treatment, we recognize that the physical health of our clients can be compromised by the presence of an eating disorder. We also partner with specialists in San Diego to ensure our clients’ medical needs are appropriately met.
Medication management: When a client comes to us battling a mental health condition in addition to an eating disorder, she may benefit from the inclusion of certain medication(s). Our psychiatrist is available to meet with clients once per week to assess medication needs, prescribe medication, and adjust dosages as needed. Physician’s assistants and nurses are also available to monitor the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to ensure that clients are adhering to medication regimens.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy occurs three times per week. Each client meets with her assigned primary therapist in a one-on-one setting, which is an excellent forum to assess progress and discuss setbacks and successes that have occurred during treatment.
Family therapy: Each client’s family members are invited to participate in family therapy sessions while their loved one is receiving treatment. This treatment method, offered once per week unless indicated otherwise, is designed to heal emotional wounds and promote unity among our clients and their primary support networks.
Group therapy: Offered up to five times per day, group therapy is a key component of treatment at Montecatini. Led by therapists, registered dietitians, nurses, patient assistants, yoga instructors, and art therapists, group therapy covers a wide range of topics that can further the recovery process and provides an excellent forum for clients to gain support and encouragement from staff members and other clients. Groups that may be incorporated into a client’s treatment plan include the following:
- Interpersonal process group
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Expressive arts therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Body image
- Integrated care group that is focused on substance use
- Nutrition counseling and education group
- Spirituality/12-Step group
- Equine Therapy
- Therapeutic gardening group
- Action planning
- Family weekend incentives
- Outside 12-Step group
- Exposure therapy
- Menu planning and meal preparation
- Food and feelings group
Experiential therapy: In order to help our clients nurture the mind-body connection and apply learned skills in real-world settings, we are proud to offer a number of experiential therapy opportunities. Experiential therapies complement the other therapeutic interventions we provide and typically take place once per week. Depending on the client’s needs, the following may be part of her personalized treatment plan:
- Clothes shopping
- Restaurant outings
- Beach trips
- Grocery shopping
- Challenge food outings
- Group dinners
Our experienced staff members, many of which have specialized training in therapeutic techniques and treating a myriad of co-occurring conditions, assess clients’ needs on an ongoing basis and can recommend additional interventions if they are determined to be conducive to a client’s recovery.
Because we realize that the recovery process does not end with the completion of residential treatment, Montecatini purposefully begins preparing our clients for discharge on the day they are admitted to our program. Many of our clients transition to our partial hospitalization program (PHP) after completing our residential treatment, and then step down to our intensive outpatient program (IOP) after completing PHP. Each client’s primary therapist determines and coordinates the most appropriate follow-up and aftercare services, and alumni of our program are welcome to attend our weekly support groups and Alumni Events and Celebrations for a long as they wish. Our goal is to help our clients return to lives that are not only functional, but joyful and deeply supported as well.