What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge-eating disorder is characterized by episodes of consuming excessive amounts of food in a short time. During binge eating episodes, individuals may feel as if have lost control of their behavior – they may eat much faster than normal, and may continue to consume food even after they are past the point of feeling full.
Following a binge eating episode, the person may be left with feelings of shame, guilt, and even disgust. The behaviors and resulting negative emotions associated with binge eating disorder, often cause people to isolate themselves from friends and family, consequently leaving themselves without support at a time when they need it the most.
If you or someone you love has been struggling with binge eating disorder, help is available.
Recovery is possible with the right binge eating disorder treatment program, EDCare offers a comprehensive program designed to help those who have binge eating disorder see significant improvements in both their physical and mental health, and consequently, their quality of life.
Often, there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms that point to binge eating disorder. A person who has binge eating disorder, however, may exhibit certain behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms that may include:
- Hoarding food
- Eating large amounts of food
- Eating even when full
- Eating rapidly
- Frequent dieting without losing weight
Binge eating disorder is also characterized by its emotional symptoms:
- Lack of control once the person begins to eat
- Disgust or self-hatred over their eating behaviors
Often, the person may try to eat normal meals or go on a diet after a binge eating episode. But unlike those with bulimia who habitually purge after binges, a binge eater who attempts to restrict their intake of food may end up engaging in even more binge eating episodes, creating a vicious cycle.
Binge Eating behaviors often happen in secret. Those who live with the condition don’t usually engage in binge eating in front of family and friends because they’re embarrassed or because they’re aware that these behaviors are somehow unusual and may have adverse effects on their health.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has a binge eating disorder, here are some of the visible warning signs to look for:
- Repeated offers to take out the trash to keep others from seeing the empty food wrappers and containers
- Refusal to eat in public
- Eating alone in unusual places like in the garage, the bathroom, the car or the yard
Binge eating can take its toll on an individual’s physical and mental health. When it becomes a regular occurrence, the individual may be left with feelings of shame. Those who engage in binge eating may also lose confidence in their ability to control the amount of food they consume, and this lack of control may spill over to other aspects of life and have ramifications on the person’s school, career, and relationships.
Binge eating disorder is also linked to the following health problems:
- Sleep Apnea
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
These health conditions may, in some cases, lead to an early death.
Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Plan
The moment you make your first phone call, the EDCare team’s commitment to your recovery begins. From the first time you step into our office, you will be greeted by friendly professionals who are trained and experienced in helping individuals with binge eating disorder meet their recovery goals.
Before you are admitted into our binge eating disorder treatment facility, we’ll work with you in creating a detailed binge eating recovery plan. This plan includes everything from collecting necessary information such as your medical history to discussing your recovery goals.We believe your binge eating recovery plan is a pivotal part of your journey to wellness and health, which is why your treatment team at EDCare is committed to making it as personalized, beneficial, and effective as possible.
Making the decision to receive treatment at a binge eating disorder clinic is an important step toward recovery. EDCare recognizes this, which is why our treatment program for eating disorders is both tailored and comprehensive.
To ensure the care you receive addresses all of your needs and is tailored to be most effective for you, our trained clinician will guide you through a thorough assessment process prior to receiving treatment.
At this stage, our team will analyze your current symptoms, review any prior treatment history, zero in on any co-occurring symptoms or disorders, and note any other factors that need to be addressed during your time with us.
Receiving personalized care, attention, and treatment from qualified eating disorder specialists is critical to achieving long-term recovery from binge eating disorder. EDCare’s dedication goes beyond helping you identify the right level of care; but we also provide assistance in navigating the costs associated with binge eating disorder treatment. EDCare has established a network of more than 35 different insurance providers, which include Colorado Medicaid and Colorado TRICARE®. We also accommodate out-of-network insurance providers and negotiate single-case agreements. You may also ask us for help arranging individual payment plans. Our team’s goal is to help patients remain focused on recovery, so they can live healthy lives.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – If you have received outpatient treatment in the past but are looking for a more intensive program, our Partial Hospitalization Program is for you. This program is also available to those who have yet to seek treatment, as it specifically addresses even the most challenging eating disorder situations.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – This program is open to adults who have been under the Partial Hospitalization Program. It fortifies the skills you have learned from PHP and allows you to transition into eating meals without supervision.
Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (EIOP) – This program allows you to veer away from old behavior patterns about food and eating. It follows the same pattern as the Intensive Outpatient program, but as it’s offered in the evenings, so you can accommodate other daily responsibilities, such as work or school.
Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) – This unique program seeks to help individuals aged 14-17 and their families address eating disorders without disrupting their lifestyles or daily activities.
Outpatient and Aftercare Services – Continue to work on your long-term recovery goals with our Outpatient and Aftercare services.
Throughout your treatment, you will be working in close collaboration with compassionate binge eating disorder professionals who have experience catering to individuals with similar experiences as yours. You will have access to various therapeutic interventions from individual and group therapies to family and experiential therapy sessions. You will also be participating in educational activities that will help you have a better grasp of the nature of binge-eating disorder, and the steps you can take toward treatment, and recovery.
Most importantly, you can expect to be in a supportive and healing environment throughout your time at EDCare. We treat each other and the patients under our care with utmost respect and dignity.
The path to binge eating disorder recovery is unique for every patient. Recovery depends on many factors.
Your treatment may be shorter, depending on your progress. However, it may also be longer to make sure you’re well-prepared for your transition into your daily life at home.
You, together with your treatment team, will determine your next steps to reaching your recovery goals as you progress through our program. Usually, PHP patients transition into our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and receive ongoing clinical support as they continue to practice recovery skills without supervision.
To reduce the risk of a relapse, your treatment team takes time to come up with a thorough discharge plan. We begin formulating the plan in your first few weeks with us and continuously update and adjust it throughout the treatment process.
After completing our programs, you will transition back into the care of your outpatient team. If you don’t have an outpatient team, we’ll help you identify local resources that can help maintain long-term recovery.
The EDCare Treatment Process
We utilize an individualized treatment approach. Each person is evaluated independently and provided with a tailored binge eating treatment plan that specifically addresses your recovery and development needs.
After your intake assessment with one of our compassionate Admissions Clinicians, we will help you determine the appropriate level of care in one of the following programs:
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is specifically for addressing the most difficult eating disorder situations. It helps patients learn, internalize, and put into practice recovery skills that are essential for gradually transitioning from our environment back into their homes.
This program is the highest level of care we offer and is designed for adults 18 and older. Our other programs meet four to five days a week, but those in our Denver PHP meet seven days a week, and receive 10 hours of program support from Monday through Friday, with reduced weekend hours. Patients in our Kansas City PHP program meet six days a week, Monday through Saturday for eight hours per day.
EDCare will be with you to help strengthen your recovery efforts, even after you leave our care. We support your continued care with a treatment team of therapists and dietitians. Upon discharge we will reconnect you with your Outpatient Treatment team or find individuals and resources that may be pivotal to the success of your recovery.
EDCare is home to highly-trained clinicians who have solid experience helping individuals overcome binge eating disorder and other eating disorders. Each of our locations is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, registered dietitians, family therapists, and experiential therapists who work with you in reaching your goals toward recovery.
Our experts collaborate to provide you the highest standard of care while ensuring patient safety. Our accreditation for Behavioral Health Care with the Joint Commission ensures the highest quality of eating disorder curriculum. When you allow our team of caring professionals to guide you through recovery and development, winning against binge eating disorder is possible.
Receiving treatment for binge eating disorder at EDCare can be the most rewarding decision you’ll make toward your recovery journey.
EDCare understands that your time in treatment is just the first step. Throughout your time in our eating disorder treatment center, we will be steadfast in working with you in achieving long-term, recovery success.
Detailed Discharge Plan
During your time in treatment, your designated clinical team will begin working on a unique plan for you. We take on this process early, so we can develop a plan that can effectively guide you through the post-treatment phase of your recovery.
No two discharge plans are the same. Every patient’s discharge plan documents the progress they make under our care, and identifies resources to support their efforts in transitioning back into their daily lives. The purpose of your discharge plan is to give you access to resources that help you maintain and build your progress, even after you leave EDCare.
Solid Post-Treatment Support
Recovery from binge eating disorder may be a long-term process, but with a team that cares about you and supports you throughout your journey, recovery is possible. The EDCare team reinforces the progress you have made by helping you get in touch with professionals and institutions that can help you in your recovery. We provide you with referrals to community-based support organizations, for example, to help you build your own support system.
With EDCare by your side, you’ll receive the services and support that will empower you to overcome binge eating disorder.
Recovery from binge eating or from any other eating disorder is a journey. At times, it may be difficult to recognize the steps you have made forward and it may be hard to see how much you’ve grown apart from your eating disorder.
Have your bingeing episodes decreased in frequency? Do you no longer feel embarrassment, guilt, disgust, or anger after a binge episode? These may seem like small victories but celebrating your journey and every step you take toward progress is important. Recognizing and acknowledging how your work is paying off will give you the motivation you need to keep going forward.
Individuals with eating disorders often have negative thoughts and exhibit behaviors that may strain and possibly diminish their relationship with family and friends. As the eating disorder progresses, the patient’s family may feel at a loss – they may feel confused, hopeless, and unable to do anything to help their loved one who lives with an eating disorder.
EDCare incorporates Group and Individual Family therapy to help your family gain insight into your situation and needs. We integrate your family or support system into your treatment, so you can recover and grow together.
EDCare offers various treatment options for binge eating disorder in our offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Kansas City and Omaha. Please feel free to call us or fill out an inquiry form. Our compassionate Admissions Clinician will be happy to assist you.