Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

These select programs provide a balanced combination of traditional and holistic modalities for eating disorder recovery and related addictions, including substance abuse along with co-occurring disorders, for adults and mature teens. This extraordinary treatment model encourages self-transformation and personal growth. Our renowned staff is trained in eating disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, along with a variety of mental health concerns. The goals of Reconnect with Food® programs are to:

  • Learn how to be comfortable in your own body
  • Break the perfection cycle
  • Peel back the layers of psychological issues that are driving your eating disorder and related addiction
  • Connect with others, while connecting to the deepest part of you
  • Provide aftercare post residential treatment or as a viable alternative to residential care
  • Prepare you for a quality life post treatment
  • Begin to let go…

 

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Partial Hospitalization Program with Step Down to Intensive Outpatient for Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

We are credentialed as a Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)with most insurance companies, although most of our clients use a combination of insurance and cash for the length of time needed in order to receive the most effective and lasting treatment. This effective program is a higher level care for medically stable individuals or as a transition from a residential facility. It is called a Partial Hospitalization Program, from an insurance standpoint, as this program generally falls under your inpatient healthcare benefits. However, is not an actual "hospital," but a full day program where individuals go home at night and learn how to practice concepts learned in a highly structured environment.

Studies show that PHP treatment results are best achieved in your home community. However, we are the only PHP of it's kind in the state of Michigan, therefore participants come from all over the nation to experience our unique Reconnect with Food® program.  There is housing available for out of area participants, and accomodations can be made for families visiting their loved ones in program, as family involvement is a large component of treatment.

>>Details of PHP

Reconnect with Food® Day Treatment Program (PHP) is a progressive, mental health partial hospitalization program that treats eating disorders and co-occurring disorders through holistic modalities interweaved with a traditional healthcare model. Our clinic and its treatment programs are overseen by our medical director who is a psychiatrist, our adjunct medical director who is an internist and supervised by our clinical director who is a fully licensed psychologist - all who are highly trained and specialize in the field of eating disorders, substance abuse and related addictions.

In addition to group process/talk therapy, we offer a variety of modalities geared to individual needs, including yoga, art and music experiential, dance and movement experiential, sound therapy, progressive nutrition therapy, mindfulness training, performing arts experiential along with psychological support--with a high staff to patient ratio-- in an individual and/or small group setting. This treatment program offers a warm and caring environment for individuals to grow and heal. Our clients speak highly of their individual therapist and treatment team.

Our program is nested in a cozy warm environment at the Inner Door Center--a non-hospital/clinical setting in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan. Royal Oak is an eclectic and trendy town, with much to see and do. Our staff is composed of seasoned professionals whose approach is to connect with and empower participants, in a collaborative/client-centered atmosphere, to find their own key to healthy ways of coping with stress, anxiety and depression.

>>Initial Interview

Prior to acceptance into any of our intensive programs, an extensive phone screening will be completed with one of our intake coordinators, that includes a health questionnaire regarding current health status, eating disorder and substance abuse/other addiction history, family history, emotional health and commitment to the intensive program. This questionnaire will help us work with you more effectively in our program. If you are currently in a inpatient/residential treatment program, this questionnaire will be sent to you-via your treatment team. A phone appointment will also be required with you and/or family member prior to discharge from your current facility. We will not discuss finances with your inpatient/residential or outpatient treatment team.

The following assessments will be scheduled for all patients upon admission to our program:

  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Medical assessment
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Nursing assessment
  • Activity assessment

In some cases, you may be recommended for a higher level of care outside of the program. We follow American Psychiatric Association (APA) Guidelines: Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, 3rd Edition, 2006, which are evidence-based and standard in the industry, for determining your recommended level of care. These are continually updated during your treatment program along with your plan of care. We also follow American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) for treatment of substance abuse.  Our treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse follow an integrated model.

The battery of assessments required will help us work most effectively with you in our program. Once admitted into the program, your commitment in this program is as long as it takes you to achieve your treatment goals--which in most cases is an extended period of time-- to reach a point where you are at low risk for relapse in the immediate future. If you are not making scheduled progress in our program based on your treatment plan, a higher level of care may be recommended outside of our facility. In addition, if you are not able to undergo the higher level of care (PHP) recommended at our clinic, you may work with an outpatient therapist while agreeing to supportive measures while at our clinic, including regular scheduled medical nutrition therapy, medication management, management by our primary care physician along with vitals/report at each visit to our clinic.

Although you may have an outpatient treatment team, your involvement with our treatment team only, while in our program, is required for continuity and comprehensive care along with requirements by state licensing, along with your health insurance plan and national regulatory agencies. You will be referred back to your referring treatment team following discharge from our program.

>>Program Overview

The Eating Disorder Intensive Program provides a safe, supportive, structured and nurturing environment that empowers participants suffering from eating disorders to address the main symptoms of the eating disorder, substance abuse and other related addictions individually and as a family, as well as to identify and begin to resolve the emotional issues that have contributed to the development and maintenance of symptoms. This is achieved by experiencing, in addition to just talking, using a variety of evidenced-based models.

The length of stay in our PHP, with transition to IOP program may vary based on individual and treatment needs. However, the approximate length of stay is 90 days. This length of stay, with corresponding increased success, is based on outcome data. Following IOP, you will continue in our outpatient program, with additional supports as needed.  In some cases, you may need a longer course of treatment in our PHP/IOP programs, prior to transitioning into outpatient.

The four phases of our partial hospitalization/day treatment and intensive outpatient treatment program are:

 

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This program provides the opportunity for participants to take back valuable information and experience to their referring treatment team for further healing work following the PHP and IOP.

>>Program Times

  • 5 Days a Week, approximately 40 - 45 hours +
  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided - we accommodate individuals with celiac disease and life threatening food allergies ONLY with specific testing and diagnosis by our medical doctor and team specialists.

Our program is "just right" in terms of length each day to provide individuals with an intensive therapeutic component, yet ample time to go home to real "triggers," in order to practice skills in the evening - thus a "true" partial/day program.

>>Schedule


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  • 8:00 - 9:00 am - Vitals, Bloodwork and/or Urine drop, Morning Report along with Physical Assessment and/or Medication Review, Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 N – Group Therapy incorporating talk therapy with yoga therapy, followed by Snack
  • 12:00 N – 1:00 pm – Mindful eating experiential, lunch and support
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Creative Arts Experiential (art, music and dance, performing arts) and Skill Building (life and self-care skills, food and nutrition, individual challenge time, etc.)
  • Snack
  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Individual Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Nutrition Therapy, Occupational Therapy (sensory integration, reintegration into community/school/career), Physical Assessment/Medication Review, Exercise Monitoring (for weight restored individuals)

>>Other Program Components

  • Bi-weekly individual psychotherapy at minimum or up to four times weekly (individual therapy, family therapy, substance abuse therapy* and family members may also be scheduled for individual/family therapy without patient)
  • Nutrition therapy (includes family program)
  • Occupational therapy (includes sensory integration, life skills-school, career, living)
  • Morning report and daily vitals by our medical assistant
  • Case management
  • Medication reviews by our medical director (psychiatrist) in conjunction with our psychiatric nurse practitioner and physician assistant 
  • Follow up medical exams by our internist or physician assistant
  • Case conferencing supervised by our medical director and clinical director, along with frequent team meetings.
  • Family Day, monthly - all day
  • Psychological testing by referral

>>Coordinating and Continuing Care

We work closely, as a team, with each participant - along with their originating treatment team if referred from outside our facility - to communicate progress and suggestions for maximizing continued recovery. If needed, we will research and place participants with a fitting treatment team in their home community. We have many follow up programs at Inner Door Center for local participants along with phone availability for out of area participants.

>>Step Down IOP

Transition to our intensive outpatient programs (IOP) follows successful completion of our PHP/day treatment program. An IOP may fall under your outpatient mental healthcare insurance benefits. Group sizes are small and intimate.

The IOP is a natural progression from our partial hospitalization program/day treatment program. Individuals in our IOP may transition to outpatient therapy at our facility or back to their referring treatment team. Individual and/or group support is available at our facility upon discharge.

>>IOP Details

PLEASE NOTE: We only start individuals in our IOP for eating disorders prior to successful completion of the partial hospitalization program/day treatment program at our facility.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is 5 days per week, four hours per day plus individual appointments, tapering down to 3 days per week at final phase of program. Schedule is 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with a modification of the schedule shown above

Although you may have a treatment team, your involvement with our treatment team only, while in our program, is required for continuity and comprehensive care along with requirements by state licensing, along with your health insurance plan and national regulatory agencies. You will be referred back to your referring treatment team following discharge from our program.

 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) during Winter Break

Gain additional support for eating disorders in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) during your Winter Break. You can be part of a Partial Hospitalization Program series to gain additional support while on break. Start/End date will be deteremined by your school schedule. The PHP consists of group therapy, daily meals, nutrition therapy, and yoga therapy. Call us at (248) 278-0046 for admissions. 

 

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Yoga and Group Support Program

If you are interested in further exploring your relationship with food, body image and emotions, you will benefit from this dynamic yoga experience as an ongoing support program. It's the only one of its kind in town!

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"This program has completely shifted and reshaped my way of thinking--not only my body and eating philosophy-- but it has begun to form my sense of spirituality. I've been introduced to yoga due to the program. Yoga, so far, has been a vital contribution to my recovery. Thanks to the program, I have also been introduced to some amazing people who have provided me a healthy, inviting platform to discuss my eating disorder. It is because of the people, the yoga and the program that I am finally motivated to seek a life of recovery and happiness."

Jerilyn C.
Ferndale, MI
"The people in my group were the most useful and inspiring. I felt that each and every one of them made an impact on me."

Laura N.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
"I learned that the answer to my relationship with food is inside of me. This workshop helped me open up and learn to be kinder to myself and others."

Kelly O.
Scottsdale, AZ
"I learned that I am not alone in my private struggle and that my experience and advice can help others."

Tracey K.
Ann Arbor, MI
"This program is even more powerful when you are introduced to yoga."

Barb W.
Saline, MI
"The Reconnect with Food® Intensive was enlightening and spiritually awakening. I enjoyed connecting with people similar to me. It felt good to bond and talk with others in the same boat."

Frances S.

St. Clair Shores, MI
"Thank you for the opportunity to experience this ‘mind gym.’ I learned tools to help me in all aspects of life—eating is just a small part. It was truly life changing. Bev, you’re a genius!"

Wendy L.
Hazel Park, MI
"I learned about the yoga itself, about sharing ourselves and about the strength we all have."

Teresa Z.
Livonia, MI
"I learned so much that it would be impossible to not use the information in my everyday life."

Maggie C.
Grosse Ile, MI
"For me, this is a mental check in knowing that there is a place to go for support."

Jessica N.
Warren, MI
"The Reconnect with Food Program was a truly transformational experience. It deeply healed hurt parts of me that I didn't even know existed. I feel much more grounded, purposeful, and present. I am more connected with and loving of all aspects of myself, which has allowed me to feel more connected to others. I feel free of so many of the ways I was holding myself back and keeping myself stuck. I am happier than than I have been in a long time. I came here to address an eating disorder, but I left with experiences, understandings, and tools that have changed the way I live my life. I truly feel that after this experience I have everything I need to face any challenge that I may encounter, that I don't have to struggle through life anymore. This program is indescribable. It is unlike any advice I've been given or anything I've read in a book, because it is a deep, personal and holistic experience."

Nicole D.
Sausalito, CA
"I have struggled for over 7 years with Anorexia, this program has given me my life back. I'm free of the obsession with food, and the idea of perfection. I can finally move on and enjoy my life, with the weight now lifted off my shoulders. I never thought I could do it until I came here, and all these wonderful people helped me in this journey, I'm extremely grateful. "

Nikki P.