Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program


Located in Colorado Spring and Kansas City, EDCare’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) is designed to support patients and their families who are confronting the challenges of an eating disorder, whether it be anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or any other eating disorder. Open to teens 13-17 years old, our unique program provides multidisciplinary, evidence-based treatment that is designed to help teens address, discover and resolve their eating disorder triggers while empowering them with the skills, support and resources they need to move toward lasting recovery and lifelong wellness.

As one of the nation’s foremost centers for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, we fully understand how serious and complex these illnesses can be to overcome. It’s why our program utilizes comprehensive, evidence-based treatment proven to advance patient outcomes.

Your journey forward begins at our center of hope and healing. Take the first step today by contacting us to set up a free, confidential assessment.  Click below to contact your local center.

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Through our Defining ME® movement, it is our goal is to inspire every patient to go on a judgment-free journey and begin to define who they are, for themselves. Our gender-inclusive program allows teens to let down their walls and open themselves up to the tools and support they need to overcome their eating disorder. We want them to realize that the recovery journey is different for everyone. It can be colorful, creative, fun, messy—but ultimately freeing.

Empowering Change

Our multidisciplinary team is passionate about providing your family with the resources, expertise and support you need. We utilize today’s most effective and proven therapies and treatments to help patients and their families understand and resolve eating disorder triggers and challenges that are critical to their long-term recovery success. Our goal is to empower your family to heal, grow stronger and move forward together.

At the heart of our program is a unique and effective treatment model centered on empowering patients through Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, Sense of Self, and Action (CAMSA®). This unique treatment philosophy helps teens understand and address the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects contributing to their eating disorder, while teaching them healthy new skills to interrupt destructive behavioral patterns, tackle fears and take on new challenges.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 2.2 million adolescents will suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.

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Evidence-based treatments clinically proven to improve patient outcomes

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling

Family-focused approach

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Our family-focused therapies and support include

  • Topic Talks: Work with other parents and caregivers to discuss key issues and areas of concern, such as relapse prevention, technology and teens, and emotion coaching
  • Multi-Family Group Therapy: Guided by one of our clinicans, you and other families will explore and address issues that are critical to everyone’s healing and recovery
  • Weekly Therapeutic Meals: Share a dinner onsite with your teen with the direct  support and guidance of staff

Inspiring HOPE. Nourishing ACCEPTANCE. Empowering CHANGE.

Nourishing Acceptance 

At EDCare, we want our patients to know that an eating disorder doesn’t define anyone. This is a particularly important and empowering message for teens who are confronting these illnesses at a time when they are often just beginning to understand and embrace their own identity as a vibrant and unique individual.

Our Adolescent IOP gives patients a safe and supportive environment to address their unique challenges and concerns. Unlike other programs that mix teens with adult patients, our care center allows teens to feel more at ease and connect with others their own age who can relate to their experiences and struggles. Additionally, our program is structured to fit easily into teens’ lives with after school program hours.

Inspiring Hope

With early and effective treatment, research shows that teens have a strong chance of fully recovering from an eating disorder. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential assessment with our Admissions Clinician. Assessments generally last about one hour and are done preferably in person or over the phone. Together, we can help determine the right treatment for your family, so you can begin your journey forward today.

Additional levels for care for adults, 18 years and older, are available at our other locations. 

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