Eating Disorders

Adolescent Growth offers the most effective eating disorder programs (residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs “IOP”) to adolescents and their families in crisis. Our approach to treating a client with an eating disorder centers on more than just increasing food intake. But, rather, we use comprehensive treatment modalities that are designed to help teenage boys and girls break free of the thoughts and behaviors that stifle them with their eating problems.

We understand that it may be difficult for an adolescent with an eating disorder because they may be aware that the relationship they have with food is not typical. Moreover, they may be cognizant that the dismal cycle of the distorted thoughts and behaviors is spiraling more and more out of control and food, weight reduction and fear are paralyzing them. But the adolescent may be in denial regarding the degree that they are able to manage the eating disorder and their subsequent need for professional help. Eating disorders are complex serious conditions that require immediate assistance from a trained specialist. The expertise of our highly trained multidisciplinary team provides an opportunity for a complete transformation.

Our unique intimate 6 bed facilities, located in beautiful Southern California, provide a nurturing home like setting that is conducive to the healing, hope and restoration received at Adolescent Growth. Accordingly, our eating disorder programs possess the gold seal of accreditation from the Joint Commission, a nationally recognized leader in identifying industry excellence. Our programs are affordable as we are in-network preferred providers with most major medical insurance companies. Families choosing to fund treatment without insurance will, too, receive a manageable rate to get the help they need. Each adolescent is given an individualized treatment plan to address their specific issues. Family involvement is also included in that treatment plan as the family is strongly encouraged to participate in our family restoration workshops offered every weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Anorexia Nervosa Disorder (“AND”)

An adolescent with Anorexia Nervosa Disorder concentrates on maintaining excessively low body weight (i.e., 85% of normal weight) by reducing food consumption or by aggressive measures to remove food from their body (i.e., misusing laxatives/diuretics, self-induced vomiting, and/or abusing exercise). An adolescent that engages in one or both to maintain low body weight usually fears weight gain due to perceptional distortions regarding the shape of their body. ”AND” is a serious condition that requires a medical clearance for a teenager to participate in our programs. Once a clearance has been granted by a medical doctor − we, then, address the cognitive distortions regarding the shape of their body and other underlying issues triggering the disorder. A thorough treatment plan is developed by our treatment team which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed nurses, a dietitian and other consulting clinicians.

We can help you and your teenager recover from Anorexia Nervosa Disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa Disorder (“BND”)

The path to weight reduction for an adolescent with Bulimia Nervosa Disorder consists of recurrent episodes of binging; that is, eating large amounts of food and purging. Purging is defined as behaviors to remove food from the body by self induced vomiting, excessive use of enemas, laxatives, diuretics and/or exercise. A teenager with ”BND” usually possess low self-esteem and a distorted body image. We address problematic binge/purge cycles holistically with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques to equip each client with coping skills to deal with their eating disorder issues. In addition, our treatment team utilizes, meditation, mindfulness and yoga to help a client learn how to regulate emotions and deal with stress in a positive fashion.

Full recovery from “BND” is available at Adolescent Growth. We can help you and your loved one recover from Bulimia Nervosa Disorder.

Binge Eating Disorder (“BED”)

At Adolescent Growth we deliver life transforming treatment to each teenager struggling with a Binge Eating Disorder (“BED”). “BED” consists of repeated episodes of excessive food consumption in a short amount of time. An adolescent, then, experiences feelings of shame and guilt following the consumption. “BED” usually leads to obesity although it can occur in normal weight individuals also.

Our treatment team focuses on the following when treating Binge Eating Disorder:

  • A cessation of destructive eating disorder related behaviors
  • Explore underlying core issues perpetuating the eating disorder
  • Coping skills acquisition necessary to reach healing and wholeness

Complete restoration from Binge Eating Disorder is available.

Our eating disorder programs are designed to individualize treatment for each teenager. We equip teenagers with the skills that will help them in transferring the skills learned in the program to home.

If you are still uncertain, please refer to our page Warning Signs page for more information. If you are ready for a change call us now 888.671.0290 option 1 for the admissions department.