Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

How to Stop Binge Eating

Many individuals struggle with d how to stop binge eating. This frustrating, difficult journey is usually unsuccessful when attempted alone. Research shows that successful treatment of binge eating disorder (BED) must be done with professional interventions that help not just the eating disorder behaviors, but also with the underlying issues that are at the root cause for BED. The Highlands uses a unique tri-armed approach that includes medical, therapeutic, and nutritional approaches. By receiving supported, transitional therapy and guidance on how to stop binge eating disorder, sustained recovery can become a reality for most people. Clients at The Highlands receive expert care that is delivered in a respectful and compassionate manner. We will never take a “shame and blame” approach.

Basic Concepts in How to Stop Binge Eating Disorder

The first step in how to stop binge eating disorder can sometimes be very difficult: ask for help. Often individuals with BED, or their loved ones, aren’t sure what to ask. Just contact The Highlands and we’ll help you with the questions and the answers. Some don’t seek help because others have insisted that willpower is all that is necessary. This is a misconception! Binge eating disorder isn’t about lack of discipline or willpower. BED is a medical diagnosis that has specific, recognizable symptoms, and is not just about food or weight. Many painful emotions and stressors are being expressed through the eating disorder. When asking how to stop binge eating, a person must first be evaluated by a professional clinician. At The Highlands our intake staff evaluate each client for not only BED, but also emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and social and relationship problems. . Some clients with BED also struggle with substance abuse, or addiction to gambling or shopping. While the symptoms of BED are often generally similar, the history of each client and his or her eating disorder is completely unique. The treatment for binge eating disorder must also be completely customized and unique. Treatment for BED may begin in one of several levels of care, through which clients transition carefully until they are fully ready to return home.  We also provide aftercare support for a full year after clients leave The Highlands. Strategies that clients learn include:
  • Identifying binge cycles, thought processes and emotional responses
  • Rehearsing how to respond to personal triggers and emotions that cause bingeing
  • Creating a structured meal plan
  • Learning how to connect with hunger, fullness cues
  • Exposing clients to binge foods and practicing alternative coping skills
  • Practicing with grocery outings, meal outings and family style meals
  • Integrating real-life skills development  into each part of treatment
  • Developing a relapse prevention plan

Learning How to Stop Binge Eating Helps Avoid Chronic Health Problems

Clients with BED are at risk for chronic medical issues related to weight gain and to their eating disorder symptoms. These issues must also be treated. At The Highlands we care about the whole client as a person, and seek to improve both physical and psychological health. Learning how to stop binge eating disorder helps reduce a client’s risk for many chronic medical problems that affect health long-term. The health risks of someone with BED include:
  • High cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Gallbladder disease and increased risk for stroke (often related to high blood pressure)
  • Osteoarthritis of the joints
Depression, anxiety, shame, and guilt are often found in clients with BED. These stressors have been shown to negatively affect the blood pressure. Chronic stress increases glucose release in the body, which over a long period of time can lead to diabetes mellitus. Clients work with our medical team to address these issues. Each client at The Highlands also has a primary therapist to help develop coping strategies that support how to stop binge eating.  Family therapy is included in the customized treatment plan for clients with BED, since families and significant others play an important part in the recovery process.