Anorexia Treatment

Anorexia Treatment Options

We offer three specific anorexia treatment options at The Highlands. Our treatment options for anorexia nervosa provide the specific level of monitoring, structure and intensity of care necessary for the client’s current needs. Because anorexia is a highly complex disease, clients require help with not only specific eating issues, but also associated problems including anxiety, depression, addictions, or self-harm behaviors. Anorexia nervosa is an extremely serious disorder. The complexity of medical, psychological, and nutritional issues associated with anorexia   warrants more than one transitional levels of care to achieve long-term recovery. Each of our levels of care provide effective therapy approaches to maximize the success of our clients in their recovery, all provided in our beautiful therapeutic environment.

Effective Treatment Options for Anorexia Nervosa at The Highlands

We offer the following treatment options for anorexia nervosa (levels of care) at The Highlands:
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Affiliated Outpatient Program on-site
  • Aftercare and Alumni Services
Our treatment philosophy at the Highlands is to take a combined medical, psychological, and nutritional therapy approach. Individual, group, and family therapy are part of each client’s individualized care plan. Real-life skills practice is a core part of each level of care at The Highlands. We are proud to offer our clients more real-life skills practice than any other treatment center in the Southeast. Clients are able to use their new skills daily both at our treatment center, and during off-site staff supported sessions. Our anorexia treatment options each meet or exceed national standards. Our clinical team includes:
  • Primary Therapist
  • Dietitian
  • Family therapist
  • Staff psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Nurse
  • Creative Arts a Therapists and Instructors
Each client works with a dedicated primary team that collaborates on the treatment plan, making it fluid and meaningful for each client’s current needs. Our excellent support staff, including admission and financial specialists, and a specially trained catering service that understands the importance of a fresh, healthy, and appealing meals for clients with eating disorders. Clients admitted to higher levels of care at The Highlands are encouraged to live in our transitional living accommodations. Community housing is complimentary for our partial hospitalization program clients, and available for a monthly fee for clients in lower levels of care. Whether clients live in peer-supported apartments or at home, each aspect of therapy meets or exceed national standards for PHP and IOP.

Why Multiple Anorexia Treatments Options are Necessary

Treatment options for anorexia nervosa are designed to meet the client’s individual unique medical, therapeutic, and nutritional needs. The Highlands’ licensed clinicians collaborate to determine the current baseline condition of each client, and determine the best initial level of care based on this evaluation. Each treatment option at The Highlands offers specific levels of monitoring and structure. If clients are not physically ready to begin active treatment due to severe medical or nutritional issues, a short hospital stay or residential care may be required before entering treatment at The Highlands. Not all clients are appropriate for the options offered at The Highlands, and in these cases we are happy to assist in locating appropriate treatment alternatives. Transitioning through a continuum of care, with multiple anorexia treatment options is important. This gradual return to complete autonomy allows the essential time, and degree of focus, needed to make a more successful return home. Research shows that going from a high degree of structure and monitoring directly home typically l results in relapse, because the individual hasn’t had the time to develop and practice the needed coping skills for recovery. It also takes an extensive amount of time and professional help to understand and come to terms with the underlying issues that have contributed to the anorexia disorder behaviors.