Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Boundaries With Family and Eating Disorders

Here, we often reference eating disorders as a ‘family disease’.

Some wonder how can that be if only one person has disordered eating? The truth of the matter is eating disorders are a genetic disease that are triggered by environment, i.e. Family. Here we’ll explore how to have a healthy relationship with our family members and yet keep a boundary up that protects our recovery and individuality.

Belonging to a family is much like belonging to a grammar school, Junior High, High School and College. One is taught lessons about life, the world and themselves and then graduate on to the next level. However, the problem with some eating disordered families is that they are at times over protective, controlling and intimidating, which does not cultivate an environment to learn and grow in. The result is we have a family member who is stuck in grammar school when they really need to be in college. However, the dynamics of the individuals family don’t allow for growth. Here we’ll go over some simple verbal communication skills that will help an individual to grow out of an eating disorder.


Most families have a “theme”. A common denominator that keeps everyone together; sometimes it’s sports, dance, music, charity work, intelligence, success etc… What do you think happens when someone doesn’t align with the family theme? They are regarded as the ‘Black Sheep’ of the clan. The Black Sheep sometimes isn’t even a far cry from the family and at times, acts as if they are happy in the family while on the inside they are screaming to get out. In order to protect ones own identity everyone needs to be able to communicate their emotions honestly to their family members, such as, “Thank you for offering to pay for an entire year of dance classes for me, but I really want to focus on soccer.” Sometimes families don’t agree and they have every right to be honest with us, but they can’t be honest with us, unless we are first honest with them about what we truly want from life.


Working at the Vic, you hear a lot of stories. I have yet to meet a client that wasn’t in some kind of co-dependent relationship with a mother, father, sibling or child.Co-Dependency is putting one’s own needs on the wayside to take care of another persons needs for approval and self esteem. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that love is sacrificing and though at times it is, a love that sacrifices one’s own desires the majority of the time is not the result of ‘love’ it’s the result of imbalance. A healthy relationships is one where each individual can voice their opinion and say, “I would love to help you with that project, but I have a lot of obligations right now and can’t. I’m sorry.” If that statement sounds bold to you, you might need to practice saying it over and over again because being able to confidently speak up for oneself is an essential part of life.

Time –

I genuinely think that the people in my family are some of the most fascinating characters I have ever met. We can laugh and talk for days. However, that doesn’t mean just because we CAN we SHOULD. Though my family is stimulating and fun, so is a roller coaster. But, if you go on a roller coaster all day long you’re going to get pretty discombobulated. The same thing happens for me with my family. My family triggers me in ways that challenge me, but aren’t necessarily healthy to expose myself to for a 18 to 24 hour period. Therefore I
set time limits on the time we spend together. I let them know in advance, “I’m stoked to celebrate Nana’s Birthday! I’ll see you at 1, but I have to head out at 5.”

I hope some of these verbal communication skills are helpful to you in setting up boundaries with your family. Remember that boundaries are AWESOME things! They are set in place to protect what is valuable, which in this case is YOU. You are a valuable individual that is entitled to have emotions, opinions and a voice to express who you were created to be!