Pica is described as constant eating/craving of non-food items and substances, such as:
Individuals with pica typically do not have a dislike for normal food in general.
Those with the disorder are more prone to infections, stomach injuries, poisoning, and nutrient deficiencies.
A condition characterized by repeated regurgitation of food after eating, bringing back digested food up into the mouth without effort, involuntary puking, or disgust. The food is then re-chewed and spit out or re-swallowed.
People of all stages of life can be affected by the disorder.
This leads to extreme malnutrition and weight loss.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
ARFID used to be known as “feeding disorder of infancy and early childhood,” a diagnosis restricted for children under 7 years old.
Although, it continues into adulthood and common among men and women.
This is a feeding disorder in which the person avoids or displays a lack of interest towards some foods based on:
Had past negative experiences with food.
This behavior is more than picky eating and being cautious.
They may also have a fear of vomiting or choking. This condition can cause people to undereat, lose weight, and have poor development.
What is the 12 Step Program for Eating Disorders?
The 12 Step Program is initially developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for individuals recovering from alcoholism.
Later on, this program became the foundation for many recovery programs of a wider range of substance addictions and dependency issues.
Following the same principles of the initial 12 step program, it can also be beneficial and applicable to men and women recovering from their eating disorders.
Do you want to be a part of a community where peers support each other and lead support groups?
Do you want to join a group headed by a therapist that is more organized and can connect you with a select group of people who attend weekly?
It is also advisable to ask local therapists if they know of any recovery group options within your reach. They may be able to suggest one that caters to your needs.
Also, 12-step programs are free and usually available worldwide.
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
EDA is a recovery program where individuals join with like-minded men and women to share their experiences and goals.
EDA states that their “primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorder and to carry this message of recovery to others like us”, using the 12-step program to focus on the solution and not on the disorder itself.
Their main objective is to find and continue recovery in our eating methods, and to help others gain healing as well.
How Willow Place for Women Can Help Treat Eating Disorders
Here at Willow Place for Women, we help our clients understand what they can do to improve their overall well-being and start a new healthy and happy journey!
Individuals in our program have the opportunity to utilize a number of our services and therapies.
Our therapy and educational sessions work specifically to address the underlying causes of eating disorders.
Or, to teach helpful relapse prevention skills to help women establish true and meaningful healing. Specific services available in this program include:
DBT: Dialectical behavioral therapy intends to help individuals change negative thought patterns that encourage eating disorder behavior. Once a person is more in charge of the way they think, they can take control of how they behave. This specific therapy includes individualized sessions in which participants speak with a cognitive behavioral therapist in a safe and secluded environment
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Before true healing can begin, a person must both accept their issues and commit to a life of recovery. This type of therapy involves helping individuals accept their eating disorder condition. And, dedicate their lives to healing and recovery.
Nutritional Groups: Group therapy sessions allow individuals in treatment to understand that they’re not alone by socializing with others dealing with similar situations. Also, they provide a setting in which people can practice techniques discovered throughout time in treatment.
Process Groups: Since we offer daytime outpatient treatment, those enrolled in the PHP will have the weekends to themselves. But, we want to make sure that all women in our care get the support they need every day. So, before and after each weekend, we offer process groups. During these groups, individuals set goals and discuss occurrences on the weekends.
Interpersonal Process: This type of individualized therapy aims to discover the underlying causes of eating disorders. Once it’s determined why an eating disorder develops, both therapists and the individual in treatment can determine the best methods to stress management, goal setting, finding meaning to life, and much more!
Supportive Therapies: Along with the therapy sessions listed above, the women enrolled in eating disorder PHP can take advantage of a number of supportive therapies which aim to provide additional support throughout the process of recovery. These include art therapy, movement therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and family involvement!
Willow Place for Women is a women’s only outpatient eating disorder, trauma, and substance use disorder treatment facility.
During this pandemic, we are still working to provide support for women who need our help across the globe.
We offer online treatment for your wellbeing during this uncertain time of the COVID-19 virus.
Contact us today to tell us about what you’re dealing with. 828-707-6084
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