About Eating Disorder Treatment

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Treatment of eating disorders tend to focus on the numbers: the person’s weight, body mass index, the calories consumed, the tally of times she or he eats in each day. This strategy often fails because the disorders are not a numbers issue –  eating disorders are a mental health issue.

Sovereign Health’s adolescent eating disorder program provides holistic treatment for girls 12–17 years old, targeting toxic thought patterns and choices. We heal from the inside, out.

Treatment Starts And Ends In The Mind

Treatment at Sovereign Health’s adolescent eating disorder program empowers clients to turn self-hatred into self-love, self-harm into self-care, and self-destruction into self-acceptance.

Our mission is to help individuals with eating disorders develop and maintain a healthy relationship with their minds and bodies. Cognitive therapies, life-coaching, coping workshops and dining exercises help reverse the dysfunctional relationship with food and dyspmorphic  body image.

Through individual and group therapy, we will arm eating disorder patients with alternative coping mechanisms to manage stress and other triggers to reduce the risk of relapse post-discharge.

Not About The Food

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego understands eating disorders often begin with childhood trauma, family dysfunction or school and extracurricular stressors.

That’s why we provide residential treatment, away from it all. Our summer camp-like atmosphere fosters a refreshing sisterhood atmosphere in a calm and controlled environment. Cabins feature an open floorplan wherein the young women can create fellowship and benefit from groups psychotherapy sessions and in-house activities.

Eating disorders are not actually about the food. They’re about festering depression, overwhelming anxiety and an ever-increasing self-loathing. The individual is desperately clawing to regain control over her experiences by wielding dictatorship over the only thing she sees before her: food. It’s a wild power struggle within the mind, and if she wins, her body loses.

In Sovereign Health’s eating disorder treatment program we don’t punish or have cold turkey “zero tolerance” rules for behavioral relapses like many treatment centers. Through positive reinforcement and nonjudgemental reflective observation and diaglogue Sovereign’s trauma-informed staff instead focuses on reducing episodes through teaching intuitive eating. Again, the focus not being on the food, but on the person first, and her state of mind before, during and after her nourishment.

Treatment Details

Treatment can last from 30-90 days. In addition to an on-site dietician and nutritional chef, food journals and dining out exercises, our eating disorder program features the other holistic treatment options as Sovereign’s other programs such as:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
  • Weekly family therapy
  • Monthly intensive family program
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress reduction skills
  • Solution focused therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy skills
  • Grief counseling
  • Neurofeedback
  • Process groups
  • Skill building groups: Anger management, stress management, symptom management
  • Expressive groups
  • Medication management
  • Medical assessment
  • Integrated schooling through our EDGE academic program
  • SMART Recovery: a non-12-step support group
  • Psychosocial and psychiatric assessment
  • Specialized dual diagnosis treatment customized for the unique issues of each patient
  • Equine therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Yoga therapy
  • Individual psychotherapy

Social activities like hiking, movies, bowling, go-kart, beach/park outings and optional church on Sundays are also gradually introduced as the patient stabilizes.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego is Joint Commission-accredited and licensed for mental health, with a focus on treating eating disorders, other mental disorders and addictions concurrently. Most issues stem from mental distress due to trauma or mental illness. With this knowledge, Sovereign Health employs cutting-edge treatment technologies, alternative therapies for cathartic release and traditional psychotherapy.

Our business is “person first” treatment through customized care. We are recognized across the country as a leader in cultivating long-term recovery and mindful, lasting wellness. Call our 24/7 helpline for details.

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