Many of our patients have suffered significant trauma in their lives. Certain types of trauma put you at high risk for eating disorders (especially bulimia), particularly if you have experienced sexual abuse, domestic violence, or have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The eating disorder is often a way for people to try to manage their feelings about the trauma they have gone through. This is why it’s important for our treatment team to help you understand that trauma, and how it relates to the eating disorder.
Our unique approach, CAMSA®, helps you regain your health through Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, a Sense of Self, and Action – the foundations of true empowerment. Using this approach, the Eating Disorder Trauma Track offers a safe and supportive environment where you can develop healthier coping skills, and get on the path to recovery from both past trauma and your eating disorder.
The Support you Need for Recovery
As part of our Partial Hospitalization Program, the Trauma Track Program includes therapy and therapeutic activities, ten hours a day, seven days a week, with shortened schedules on weekends. If you live locally, you return home each day after the program. Local patients may return home each day after program or, along with patients from out of town, may stay at our Connections House.
Patients in the eating disorder Trauma Program attend a specialty Trauma Group once a week. This group provides support with:
- Acknowledging that the trauma exists
- Talking in a general way about the trauma
- Learning about how the trauma may be interacting with the eating disorder
- Developing healthy coping skills and grounding methods
- Understanding reenactment, and the ways you may unintentionally recreate past traumas
You won’t delve deeply into the details of traumas in the group; more in-depth trauma work will take place in individual sessions with your primary therapist.
When you complete the program, you’ll transition to our Intensive Outpatient Program. Participating in the Trauma Group will help you have a more successful, sustained recovery as you continue to work with your outpatient provider. You’ll start spending time away from EDCare while still working with your treatment team and receiving the support you need. You’ll participate in your regular day-to-day responsibilities while you learn and incorporate new skills in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
Our goal and approach is to help your mind, body and spirit recover. By helping you detach from old behavior patterns, manage your emotions and fears, and make positive changes in your daily life, you will be on the path to sustained recovery.