Treatment For Eating Disorders

Seeking treatment and healing from an eating disorder may be one be the bravest and most important decisions a person can make in his or her lifetime. We know the extraordinary courage it takes to address the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of living with an eating disorder, and how vital it is to feel safe and supported. That is why, in a serene and intimate environment, each patient’s treatment plan is customized to address her unique challenges, her unique family dynamics and history, her unique dreams for the future, and more. Our approach is collaborative and highly personalized, born out of true empathy and compassion.

If you are suffering from an eating disorder of any kind, know that you are not alone and that healing your relationship with food and your body is possible. We believe that your true self lives beneath the surface layer of the eating disorder, and during every moment of the recovery process, we are here to remind you that she is worth fighting for, and without a doubt, beautiful.

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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 weight fluctuate or drop precipitously, 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:

  • Research your loved one’s eating disorder. Read about it and speak with treatment professionals who may be able to give you suggestions on how to help.
  • Have an open conversation with your loved one. Share what you have observed, reiterate your concern, and reaffirm how much you love her.
  • Create a plan together for what to do should your loved one experience a medical emergency.
  • Research treatment options and find a few treatment centers that you feel may be a good fit for your loved one. Present your findings to her and encourage her to reach out to a provider to learn more about their programming.
  • Once your loved one has decided to enter treatment, offer to help her with arranging appointments and accompany her to meetings with treatment center staff. Remain an active part of her treatment, and make sure to check in with her and her treatment providers regularly.
  • Be sure to follow her timeline. As with any healing journey, there are likely to be stops and starts. Remain patient with her and reaffirm that you will stand beside her for as long as it takes.
  • Do not forget about yourself. In taking care of a loved one with an eating disorder, it is also important to take care of yourself, so make time for activities that replenish you, such as hobbies and social gatherings. You might also consider joining a support group for people whose loved ones are struggling with an eating disorder.
  • We host a free ANAD Family and Friends Support Group every Wednesday.

Why Consider Treatment?

Eating disorders are progressive and debilitating illnesses that, when left untreated, have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Depending on which eating disorder a person struggles with, she may suffer from malnutrition, obesity, organ damage, diabetes, and developmental problems, as well as other mental health disorders and possible substance abuse. Because of their pernicious and systemic nature, it is not enough to merely treat the physiological symptoms of an eating disorder. Instead, a person must also receive care for the co-occurring psychological issues that may cause her to return to her unhealthy eating behaviors. If treatment is to be truly successful in the long-term, it is important that each person receives a full spectrum of physiological and psychological treatment.

Why Montecatini?

  • 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.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

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
  • Yoga
  • NIA
  • Equine Therapy
  • Mindfulness/meditation
  • 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.

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