Eating Disorder Treatment

Outpatient Treatment (IOP) for Eating Disorders

IOP for Eating DisordersAt Alternative Options, we understand the complexities you or your loved one may be facing with an Eating Disorder. We have designed our Intensive Outpatient program to address the emotional, behavioral, and physical components of an eating disorder on an outpatient basis. Our IOP program enables clients to engage in their daily lives while working on issues that may be hindering them from completing daily tasks or successfully achieving long-term goals. Alternative Options Eating Disorders IOP program can be an early step in treatment and support for individuals struggling with eating disorder symptoms. IOP level of care can also be a step down in treatment for those individuals transitioning from inpatient or residential care.

Our experienced multi-disciplinary treatment team includes therapists specializing in eating disorder treatment, registered dieticians, and psychiatrists. Our experienced treatment team also collaborates with the client’s medical doctor for coordination of care to ensure client safety.
We offer a program of recovery that includes:

An adolescent eating disorder IOP is also available.

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. They are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences. Although eating disorders appear to be centered on food, eating disorders are not necessarily about food. Perfectionism, control, unmet emotional needs, trauma, and unexpressed emotion are often at the core of an eating disorder.
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Symptoms include:

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Bulimia includes eating large amounts of food (more than most people would eat in one meal) in short periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercising.

Symptoms include:

Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is characterized by eating an amount of food greater than most people would eat in a short period of time with no compensatory purging behaviors. Binge episodes lead to significant physical discomfort along with feelings of guilt and shame. Binge Eating Disorder is a potentially life threatening and it coincides with common mental health disorders.

Symptoms include:

Orthorexia is an obsession with eating foods one considers “healthy” in spite of the physical and social repercussions. The individual often categorizes food in rigid good and bad categories based on food quality and purity. Individuals presenting with Orthorexia go to great lengths to avoid specific foods perceived as unhealthy and in the process begin to experience health issues and diminished quality of life.

Other Specified Eating or Feeding Disorders (OSFED) are characterized by variations of disordered eating that do not meet criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. Individuals with symptoms can have severe health consequences or they can have eating disorders that have not progressed to a full diagnosis of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.

Atypical Anorexia is a common OSFED. Atypical Anorexia usually occurs when an individual engages in restriction to the point of malnourishment to manage or lose weight. Individuals with Atypical Anorexia have often lost a significant amount of weight and continue to manage weight through food restriction

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