Eating disorder medical stabilization

Bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and compulsive overeating. All common eating disorders, which are more prevalent than you may think. These seemingly harmless disorders can quickly spiral into full-blown medical hazards, which often leads to substance abuse as well.

A woman getting her vitals tested from a medical professional.

The Recovery Village has treatment services available 24 hours-a-day. Most clients who come into treatment for an eating disorder will need medical assessment and stabilization.

The Recovery Village is set up to handle complex medical issues that are often seen in eating disorders, such as severe malnutrition, dehydration, laxative and/or diuretic dependence, and daily bulimic behaviors.

Detoxification services are individualized to each client’s needs, especially due to substance abuse being a common co-occurring issue. When medical stabilization is completed, the individual is able to fully participate in a residential or partial hospitalization program, depending on the level of monitoring they would need.

Intensive inpatient followed by residential treatment

This level of care is for clients who need extra support and supervision, because their medical condition warrants, or their eating disorder behaviors are unable to be contained without intense supervision. Clients will work on developing recovery skills, life skills, and increased medical stability. The overall goal is to regain their function in daily life.

A good candidate for the residential program is medically stable, has started detox, but is emotionally fragile and needing extra 24 hours a day monitoring.

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Residential treatment includes:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning
  • 24-hour nursing supervision
  • Medication management — meeting with a psychiatric provider
  • A community meeting group, including welcoming of any new individuals
  • Reviews progress on treatment goals
  • Addresses any concerns or challenges
  • Individual therapy
  • Recreational therapy, that may include exercise classes, yoga and therapeutic swimming
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Daily group therapy, including specialty groups and peer groups that are psycho-educational and/or psycho-dynamic. Topics will include:
    • Eating disorders
    • Exposure therapies
    • Substance abuse
    • Grief and loss
    • Sexuality
    • Trauma survival
    • Self-esteem
    • Family patterns
    • Assertiveness
    • Interpersonal relationships
  • Family therapy – the family is extremely important to recovery. We encourage family participation at all levels of care.
  • Aftercare and discharge planning are necessary components in this level of care

When a client is medically stable, and their eating disorder behaviors are starting to stabilize, they generally step down to the partial hospital program (PHP) level of care. The PHP runs five to seven days per week, twelve hours each day, including 3 meals a day and up to three snacks.

Specific eating disorder PHP features include:

  • Medication management — meeting with a psychiatric provider
  • Nutrition therapy and/or meal challenges and cooking experientials
  • Recreational therapy, that may include supervised:
    • Exercise classes
    • Yoga
    • Access to exercise equipment
Learn more about our partial hospitalization program (PHP)
Eating Disorder Medical Stabilization was last modified: January 12th, 2017 by The Recovery Village