The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Relapse

How to Pick Yourself Back Up After a Misstep in Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Not every day is a perfect day—least of all for those in eating disorder recovery. Recovery is hard. No matter how committed you are or how immersed in therapy, you’re going to have setbacks, missteps, and bad days. What’s important is your response to setbacks, missteps, and bad days. The temptation will be to beat yourself up. Resist it. When you’re hard on yourself you only increase your stress while diminishing your self-love. Allow yourself to move on from missteps rather than dwelling on them. Of course, that’s easier said than done, though there are some practical ways to move…

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When is Eating Behavior Considered a Relapse?

Many things lead the charge in symptoms that may point towards relapse in eating behaviors. Feelings like you have no outlet for stress, obsessing over food and weight, wondering what you will do with your life, weighing yourself often, isolating yourself from others, and feeling extreme guilt for eating any amount of food that you consume. Even when relapse happens, it is important to understand that it is all part of recovery. When you have gone back to your eating disorder behaviors, know that (first and foremost) you need to find yourself back into the care of a mental healthcare…

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Where Does Eating Disorder Relapse Fit In? The Stages of Recovery & Change

Recovery from an eating disorder doesn’t march out in a tidy line. Not only are there ups and downs, but cycles, too. Social scientists have identified five stages of change, with a sixth one in the running for inclusion: Pre-contemplation (not believing that a problem is present) Contemplation (willing to admit there is a problem) Preparation (seeking help, readiness to begin to change, but not sure what to do) Action (more active in both treatment and putting recovery tools to work) Maintenance (six months of recovery, consistently using what was learned in treatment) These stages of change help explain the…

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Grooming the Gray Matter: Meditation to Help Prevent Eating Disorder Relapse

In the third edition of The Highland’s blog series dedicated to eating disorder relapse, we’ll take a look at a new research study completed at Harvard University. This study, done at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program shows that after eight weeks of meditation, participants reaped many benefits. Now this sounds like nothing new, since many studies show that meditation helps manage anxiety and stress. Here is where this research becomes exciting: the benefits are not just due to receiving more skilled at meditation, but also a structural change in the brain! Neuroplasticity is a term increasingly heard in…

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Phone App as Relapse Watch Dog

Do you think that a phone app is useful as an eating disorder relapse prevention tool? Or just a faddish idea? Relapse prevention tools created during therapy are meant to be concrete ways to anticipate and recognize triggers, and nip them in the bud. Easier said than done of course, and no one knows that better than you or your child. Apps can go from simple to complex. Tying these to whether apps are evidence-based tools as supported by research hasn’t been widely studied. But one recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders may obliquely point out just…

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Is Relapse a Part of Eating Disorder Recovery?

Relapse and recovery are two words that should go hand in hand. Not as a defeatist kind of mentality, but in brave recognition that being in recovery from an eating disorder is a life-long process. When struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS there is often a kind of release following that first acceptance of help. Challenging, yes. Fear that the control or release of food behaviors will no longer be there can cause extreme anxiety and distress. But two of the most important goals of eating disorder treatment is to: Identify and understand the underlying reasons for…

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We Want to Balance our Services with the Life They’re Creating

“We Want to Balance our Services with the Life They’re Creating”

Our goal at The Highlands is to keep the needs of our clients at the center of everything that we do. In an effort to make our intensive outpatient program fit the needs of our clients, we have developed a unique flexible intensive outpatient program that was featured in Addiction Professional, a national clinical magazine. We greatly appreciate being able to share our philosophy and reasoning behind our flexible service approach. Addiction Professional is highly regarded by substance abuse and eating disorder specialists as a go-to source for important news and trends. Traditionally, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) have been designed…

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Dr. Siegfried featured in Addiction Professional Magazine

Our Clinical Director, Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS was recently interviewed for an article in Addiction Professional Magazine regarding IOP programs and the flexible treatment scheduled we offer our clients. Eating Disorders IOP makes inroads with flexible scheduling – Gary A. Enos, Editor 12/16/2013 National leaders frequently fault addiction treatment centers for forcing patients to accommodate to their usually rigid program structure, rather than taking steps to adjust their own programming to meet patients’ needs. At Castlewood Treatment Centers, a Missouri-based eating disorders treatment organization, leaders are testing a more flexible approach to scheduling at their newly opened facility in Birmingham,…

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The Highlands Staff’s Participation in EDCT 2013 Annual Conference

The Highlands recently participated in the Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee Annual Forum for Professionals, on Oct. 24th – 25th. EDCT is an organization that works to educate the public about eating disorders, as well as provide resources to families and treatment providers. Dr. Mary Bartlett, my esteemed colleague, and I presented a workshop at this year’s forum on the topic of “Finding the Strength Within: Building Resilience in Treatment of Eating Disorders and Related Conditions.” This subject is especially meaningful to me because this is the perspective from which I operate every time I work with a client. Resilience…

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Breakfast & Learn Workshop

The Highlands Treatment Center for Eating Disorders A Trusted Castlewood Affiliate PRESENTS: Breakfast and Learn November 12th, 2013 7:30 am- 11:30 am This advanced workshop is designed for the following disciplines: Eating disorder and addiction counselors, dietitians, licensed professional counselors, mental health providers, psychiatrists, psychologists, public health officials, school/college counselors and social workers. Schedule: 7:30-8:30 Registration, Breakfast & Networking 8:30-10:00- Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D, CEDS- Creating a Life Worth Living: Integration Qualify of Life and Resilience into Eating Disorder Treatment.  10:15-11:30- Nancy Albus, LPC, NCC, CEDS- Helping Clients with Eating Disorders develop Health Intimacy, Relationships and Sexuality.    Learning Objectives: 1. Participants…

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