Binge Eating Disorder Treatment at Monarch Cove
Monarch Cove provides fully individualized binge eating disorder treatment in a beautiful therapeutic setting. Binge eating disorder, often referred to by the acronym BED, is defined as when someone has uncontrollable bouts of eating. After these episodes of eating, they do not purge (do things to get rid of the calories they just ate) the way that someone with bulimia nervosa does, so patients with BED may gain weight. Without professional treatment for binge eating disorder, and the co-occurring issues that are underlying BED, few individuals are able to recover and continue to gain weight.
This excessive weight gain, similar to the excessive weight loss of anorexia nervosa, can lead to serious life-long health problems. But patients with binge eating disorder can’t stop, even when they gain excessive weight. They feel powerless over food, use bingeing behaviors to release these difficult emotions, and then immediately feel remorse and depression—this in turns leads to further eating. This emotionally painful cycle is one of the most basic facts about binge eating disorder.
Evaluating Binge Eating Disorder
Monarch Cove’s binge eating treatment program specializes in the evaluation and treatment of those with symptoms of binge eating disorder. We offer multiple levels of care, so that we can best meet the client’s needs as they transition through the continuum of care, and our admissions services are extensive and highly regarded. Monarch Cove’s certified clinicians help clients develop a healthy physical and emotional self-image that is based on a healthy mind and body. This takes time, and a trusting therapeutic relationship between the client and their personal treatment team.
Understanding BED Symptoms & Binge Eating Disorder Treatment
Many people with binge eating disorder struggle with not only compulsively eating, but also the social and emotional aftermath of being overweight. This is why binge eating disorder treatment addresses not only eating behaviors, but also the emotions and underlying issues that are present. A highly individualized care plan is created our each client’s unique problems and needs.
Binge eating disorder can cause extreme feelings of shame and self-loathing. These feelings may not be shown to anyone else, even when they are felt very deeply. Attempting to manage these feelings alone, and without professional help, leads to even deeper and more destructive personal pain. Our clinicians and dietitians provide treatment for binge eating disorder in a respectful and compassionate manner, empathic to the pain that binge eating causes our clients.
Facts about Binge Eating Disorder
One of the most unfortunate facts about binge eating disorder is that it may be ignored by others as a true medical problem. People who are overweight due to binge eating problems are considered weak, or lacking in self-control. The dark and painful truth is that food is merely being used as a tool to manage a deeper inner pain. Our eating disorder therapists help clients vocalize their feelings, and find ways to alleviate them in a healthy and constructive manner.
Binge eating disorder (BED) is also frequently misdiagnosed, so a person doesn’t receive the specialized binge eating disorder treatment that is required to address the underlying emotional and psychological issues. Too often people are treated with only a diet, a diet pill, or a surgical procedure. For people with BED, this will never help them achieve true recovery. Monarch Cove’s skilled clinicians provide guided recovery, using a variety of evidence-based techniques individualized to each client’s unique needs.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
- Eating in secret
- Food hoarding and hiding
- Denying more than a normal portion of food is being eaten
- Low self-esteem and generally feeling worthless
- Mindless eating, or eating extremely rapidly
- Unable to stop eating increasing amounts of food, even when it is causes physical pain
- Swinging from weight loss to weight gain
- Grazing on food throughout the day
Binge eaters frequently have co-occurring problems
A co-occurring problem is a psychological or mental health issue that needs to be treated at the same time as the eating disorder. If the eating disorder and co-occurring disorders are treated separately, treatment outcomes have a poor prognosis. We provide professional co-occurring therapy as an integrated part of treatment for binge eating disorder Monarch Cove.
Common co-occurring disorders seen with BED include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Drug and alcohol abuse
Each client at Castlewood works closely with a primary team comprised of a therapist, dietitian, and staff psychiatrist. Castlewood believes that treating the medical, therapeutic, and nutritional issues of each client at the same time will provide stronger, more effective recovery.
Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Monarch Cove
Binge eating problems have many underlying emotional issues. Our experienced BED team will compassionately and professionally guide clients into taking a hard look at how emotions are being translated into using food as a self-punishment, as a way to control, or a way to feel better. By skillfully guiding clients into viewing their behaviors more clearly, active steps can be taken to gain control over the eating disorder, and the underlying issues that support BED. Monarch Cove does not believe in “blame and shame” therapy. Our highly regarded treatment therapies for binge eating disorder is delivered with caring and understanding.
Someone with a binge eating disorder requires non-judgmental encouragement, and Monarch Cove’s counseling and support staff provide this.
Binge eating disorder treatment approaches at Monarch Cove treatment center are individualized, but they all include these essential components:
- Supervised eating
- Behavior counseling, in order to understand what led to (or sustained) the self-destructive behaviors
- Psychological counseling and medical intervention, in order to help manage any anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar symptoms.
- Nutritional education to promote healthy eating behaviors and balanced meal preparation
- Nutritional education involving what a healthy portion looks like
- mindful eating, and understanding what “I’ve had enough” really feels like
- Interpersonal counseling, to determine what relationship issues have influenced binge eating, and how to approach social and family relationships in a healthy way
- Finding healthy ways to deal with stress
- Learning to enjoy exercise and strenuous daily activity as a way to improve mental and physical health