We’ll help you reclaim your life from anorexia. The Ranch offers a dedicated residence and program for eating disorders. Our highly-trained specialists help you heal emotionally and physically in a structured, supportive environment at our anorexia treatment center. It’s possible to release the hold anorexia has on your life.

What Is Inpatient Anorexia Treatment Like?

woman smiles during her stay at an anorexia treatment centerAnorexia treatment at The Ranch is effective and compassionate. We help transform your relationships with food and weight. You’ll uncover your unique gifts and a sense of self-esteem that you may not have ever known. We’ll help you see that your worth is beyond your physical self. Our mental health professionals help you address underlying causes of anorexia like:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attachment issues
  • Social factors
  • Low self-esteem

Prompt, intensive treatment significantly improves the chances of anorexia recovery. We’ll create a treatment plan that addresses your most pressing issues. This makes sure your time with us is relevant and effective.

Treatment From Eating Disorder Professionals

You’ll receive expert care from a team of behavioral and medical professionals. Your treatment team may include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Therapists
  • Nutritionists
  • Nurses

The Ranch eating disorder treatment team has years of experience guiding people with anorexia to better health and wellness. We’ll help you learn to maintain a healthy weight and improve your body image. You’ll address the emotional pain that may be fueling disordered eating.

One-On-One Therapy With a Counselor

You’ll meet with a therapist for individual counseling sessions. Our mental health professionals will help you address what’s behind your fear of gaining weight. Identifying and working through these underlying issues is a critical part of anorexia recovery. Individual therapy for anorexia provides a safe space to explore difficult topics and emotions. The Ranch counselors may draw on treatment approaches like:

Group Therapy with Peers in Recovery

Treatment of anorexia includes several group therapy sessions every day. Therapy groups help you address interpersonal issues that often accompany eating disorders. A group leader will guide you and your peers through topics relevant to what’s going on with you. You’ll practice assertiveness and honest communication. We’ll teach you about practices that support healthy living and emotional fulfillment. Relationships with other group members can help you gain new insights into yourself and how you relate to others.

Alternative Approaches to Healing

At The Ranch, we treat anorexia from all angles. You’ll begin healing physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. We offer approaches that help you land in your body again and connect with the world around you. Alternative treatments for anorexia may include:

Attention to Anorexia and Co-Occurring Disorders

People with eating disorders often also struggle with mental illness and other issues like substance abuse. Additionally, many psychiatric disorders can contribute to symptoms of anorexia. We’ll assess you to determine if you have mental health disorders. If needed, we offer comprehensive co-occurring disorders treatment. The Ranch provides:

Sometimes people with anorexia struggle with other forms of disordered eating. For instance, they may also exhibit symptoms of bulimia or binge-eating disorder. Our treatment team is trained to treat diverse clusters of disordered eating symptoms.

Support for Loved Ones

Family therapy is very important in anorexia treatment. People with anorexia often have challenging relationships with loved ones. Family-based therapy helps repair these relationships. A trained therapist helps loved ones learn that anorexia is much more than eating habits. They’ll educate your family on the complex issues that underlie anorexia. You and your loved ones will learn better ways to communicate. Loved ones will learn to take care of themselves while also supporting you in recovery. Family therapy can take place at The Ranch treatment center or via phone.

Support During Meal Time

Mealtime is a source of great stress for people with eating disorders. You’ll work with our nutrition team on a meal plan that supports your recovery. We provide meal-time support to help get you through this time. We’ll work with you on unhealthy eating patterns and help you through “fear foods.” You’ll learn the difference between healthy eating and restrictive eating. You can change your relationship with food. We will help.

Practice Navigating Everyday Food Challenges

You’ll face challenges to anorexia recovery when you leave inpatient rehab. The Ranch team will help you prepare for life after treatment. You’ll practice “normal eating” and navigating triggers you’ll encounter in everyday life. This may include activities like:

  • Restaurant outings
  • Dessert groups
  • Grocery shopping
  • Food preparation

Home-Like Comfort

The Ranch eating disorder treatment center is far from a stark hospital environment. You’ll feel at home with cozy furnishings and warm decor. Clients in residential treatment live in welcoming bungalows with peers in recovery. Residences include inviting gathering areas, kitchens and en suite bathrooms.

Planning for Life After Treatment

Eating disorder recovery is more than just weight restoration. It involves ongoing attention to the issues that fuel anorexia symptoms. Anorexia treatment at The Ranch includes aftercare planning. We want to make sure you have the support you need to continue your recovery journey. We may connect you with resources that can include:

  • Individual therapy with an eating disorder professional
  • Psychiatrist
  • Physician or other medical professional
  • Nutritionist
  • Family therapist
  • Support groups like Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
  • The Ranch alumni group

Outpatient treatment for anorexia may not provide the intensive focus and structure you need to get better. Residential rehab provides a safe supportive place to treat anorexia nervosa. It offers a “pause” from the everyday triggers and life stressors. You receive 24/7 support. You’ll also get time and space to focus on the issues that fuel anorexia. This may help you feel less of a need to numb with disordered eating tactics. An inpatient setting helps you place all your attention on yourself and getting better. You’ll navigate triggers with the support of 24/7 staff. Medical and behavioral professionals can help you get better so you don’t reach a crisis situation.

Why You Need Inpatient Anorexia Treatment

Without intensive treatment, anorexia can progress to a life-threatening condition. Anorexia nervosa involves self-starvation. The body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally. It’s forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy. This “slowing down” can have serious medical consequences. Without proper treatment, you could be at risk for medical complications like:

  • Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, which means that the heart muscle is changing. The risk for heart failure rises as heart rate and blood pressure levels sink lower and lower.
  • Reduction of bone density (osteoporosis), which results in dry, brittle bones
  • Muscle loss and weakness
  • Severe dehydration, which can result in kidney failure
  • Fainting, fatigue and overall weakness
  • Dry hair and skin; hair loss is common
  • Growth of a downy layer of hair called lanugo all over the body, including the face, in an effort to keep the body warm.

A person with anorexia may also exhibit symptoms of bulimia. This includes using self-induced vomiting and/or abuse of laxatives and diuretics for weight loss. The combination of bulimia symptoms in addition to severely restricting food intake can have deadly consequences.

Break Free From the Clutches of Anorexia

It may feel impossible to imagine a life that doesn’t center around your eating disorder. We want you to know that it is possible. Get the help you need at our anorexia treatment center. Call The Ranch recovery advisors today: 1.844.876.7680