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Eating disorders treatment can happen in a variety of settings. Depending on the severity of the eating disorder, the patient may undergo group therapy, individual therapy, outpatient hospital care, or partial hospitalization, residential treatment care, or inpatient hospital care.
Outpatient (OP): The patient lives at home and attends regularly scheduled (usually 45-50 minute) sessions at a therapist's office. This typically includes one or more sessions per week. The patient may be seen individually, with the family, in a group format with other patients, and/or sometimes in a multi-family group format. The type of therapy prescribed will depend on the age of the patient, the prescribed treatment plan, and the philosophy of the provider. Outpatient treatment does not usually include supervised meals.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The patient lives at home but spends some of their time at a clinic for therapy sessions and limited meal support. A common IOP schedule would be three hours per day, three days per week, and includes dinner.
Day Treatment Program: The patient lives primarily at home but spends four to twelve hours per day at a hospital or clinic for individual, group and family therapy sessions and meal support. Typically the patient will eat at least two meals and a snack at the program each day. Day treatment programs may or may not include weekend housing and or support.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP): The patient lives at home but spends six to twelve hours per day, five to seven days per week at a hospital or clinic for individual, group, and family therapy sessions, medical oversight, and meal support. Typically the patient will eat at least two meals and a snack at the program each day Some PHP programs will provide housing and keep a patient overnight for parts of the week. NOTE: State regulation and licensing will influence whether there are day treatment and/or partial hospitalization programs in your community.
Inpatient (IP): The patient is hospitalized, usually for medical and/or psychiatric stabilization, and may or may not receive therapy. Hospitalization can occur on a voluntary or involuntary basis. Some hospitals have psychiatric beds for involuntarily admitted patients and some do not. Often Inpatient stays take place at a general medical or psychiatric facility which may or may not have a specialized eating disorder unit. Meal support at a general facility usually focuses on medical stabilization (not weight restoration) and may not include regular meal support.
Residential: The patient lives full time at a specialized eating disorder facility where 24/7 care is provided. Residential treatment usually requires a longer-term stay ranging from a few weeks to several months to a year or more. Residential care is usually indicated when outpatient interventions have not been successful at interrupting eating disorder symptoms. The patient needs a highly controlled environment to restore weight, stop binge eating, purging or other self-destructive behaviors.
Credit to: F.E.A.S.T (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders). Direct link here.
Below is a list of eating disorder treatment centers, both local and in nearby states. Additional details, such as treatment philosophy and insurance accepted for each provider, can be found by clicking on the "READ MORE..." link below the facility name and address.