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Treatment of Binge Eating

Because binge eating disorder is such a complicated phenomenon, treatment will need to be involved and multi layered. At Adolescent Growth we offer a holistic approach to treating binge eating. We focus on treating the overt behavior but also the underlying causes of said behaviors. We utilize our specially trained licensed clinicians, nurses, directors, dietitian and double board certified psychiatrists to design individualized treatment that considers all aspects of the minors that we invite into Adolescent Growth. We gather in depth background information regarding prior treatment, co-existing disorders, age of onset, triggers to the binge and cognitive appraisals surrounding the binge episode.

Both the parents and the adolescent are seen as invaluable resources to understanding and both are essential in the collaboration of developing a treatment plan that is tailored for each minor. Below we have listed just a few of the key aspects of treatment that are employed at Adolescent Growth when dealing with binge eating disorder:

1. Activate: Come into the Light
Often times binge eating can be seen by the person that suffers as embarrassing and therefore must not be shared with others. The person that binges suffers alone in silence as they feel themselves preparing for the binge. They secretly give in and experience greater suffering. At Adolescent Growth we encourage honesty and bringing all of the things that are done in the dark, or in secret, into the light. Trust and honesty are very important in this scary process. Full disclosure helps promote genuineness, bonding, and accountability.

2. Avoid: Circumvent previous Lapses
One of the ways that you can avoid unexpected problems, is to anticipate motivational challenges and to avoid potential “danger zones”. Motivation to discontinue binge eating can wax and wane. Giving up the “coping skill” that has “worked” for years can be quite frightening. Education, support, and providing coping skills that work are necessary components to fighting against motivation dwindling. Circumventing previous lapses also includes being aware that potential places that binges have taken place in the past can lure someone that binges. Teaching clients to recognize danger zones and how to navigate around and away from them is also vital.

3. Ascertain: Calm the Levels
Designing a plan of action that fits the minor’s lifestyle will be most beneficial initially. Consultation with our certified dietitian and engaging in nutritional therapy will provide a realistic road map to where the minor needs to be. Gaining a sense of peace regarding eating will include a regular eating plan with nutritious snacks. Further, designing an exercise plan that also supports the minor’s lifestyle is an excellent strategy that we use to educate and generate enthusiasm and hope.

4. Anticipate: Classify the Load
Identifying antecedents to emotional triggers is another crucial component to the treatment of binge eating at Adolescent Growth. Everyone experiences things that make them sad, angry or even feel alone. Preparing for these emotional triggers can be powerful in helping someone who struggles with depression or anxiety contend with it when it arrives. Individual and family therapy are pivotal elements to treatment that replaces binge eating. Emotional regulation and distress tolerance are utilized to provide both the minor and the family with an awareness of chaining and the emotional responses that lead up to binge eating.

5. Approach: Coping with the Labels
Adolescent Growth teaches persons that binge how to develop strategies for dealing with the identified emotional triggers. Coping skills are individually tailored to the client. Coping skills are practiced while in treatment so that upon discharge they can be transferred to the home environment. Activities such as reading, going for a walk, hiking, journaling, art, horseback riding, miniature golf, bowling, the zoo, the aquarium, etc are a few of the alternative fun excursions engaged in at Adolescent Growth. Moreover, for the client that struggles with anxiety as a response to binging, stress reduction is managed through education and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, prayer, aromatherapy, music therapy, yoga, etc.

6. Arrive: Consent to Life
Empowering the self and equipping the mind are facilitated at Adolescent Growth thru Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that focuses on challenging distorted thinking and replacing faulty beliefs with rational thoughts. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is also utilized to aid adolescents in learning how to regulate their emotions, learn to delay gratification, live in the moment and accept responsibility.

If you, or someone you love struggles with BED, and you are ready to make a change, we would like to help you at Adolescent Growth. Please call us at 888.948.9998 option 1. Our intake counselors are available and ready to speak with you 24/7. Call now!

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Adolescent Growth is a family owned and operated treatment center for teens aged 12-17. Since our inception we have proudly held the Gold Seal of Accreditation from the Joint Commission, an internationally recognized accreditation body. We specialize in treating teens with mental health disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders