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Eating Disorder Treatment at The Ranch

The women’s eating disorder treatment center at The Ranch Tennessee provides a safe, accepting place for eating disorder recovery. We provide specialized residential eating disorder treatment for:

Our eating disorder professionals have years of experience addressing underlying issues.

Break free from your eating disorder. Call us: 844-876-7680

What Is Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Like?

At The Ranch, you’ll journey through treatment with a small group of other women. You’ll explore interpersonal issues, societal pressures and unhealthy attachment styles in relationships. With help from eating disorder treatment specialists, you’ll improve your self-confidence. You’ll also work on communication skills and learn healthier ways to cope with stress.

Residential treatment for eating disorders includes:

Compassionate eating disorder professionals – You’ll be cared for by an experienced team that may include:

  • Physicians
  • Therapists
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Registered dieticians

Together, we have decades of training in treating eating disorders and co-occurring conditions.

Attention to underlying issues – Our residential eating disorder treatment program helps you heal from underlying problems. These include mental health issues like substance abuse, mood/anxiety disorders, trauma and poor body image.

Residences that support eating disorder recovery -You’ll live in home-like cottages with peers. With the guidance of your treatment team, you’ll plan and prepare meals. This living situation serves as a microcosm of everyday life and relationships. It allows you to work through interpersonal issues and learn healthy communication. You’ll also develop independence and confidence.

Inspiring setting – Our eating disorder treatment program is a place of nurturing and healing. You’ll be surrounded by beauty in nature. Residences are nestled next to a serene pasture. Enjoy watching area wildlife, with passing deer, humming birds and herons.

Meal-time support – We understand meals can be a difficult time. You’ll have complete meal-time support while preparing and plating your meals. We also provide after-meal processing groups. We’ll help you explore your relationship with food. You’ll begin to turn eating from a fearful experience into one of nourishment and community.   

Engaging therapies – You’ll take part in various therapies throughout residential eating disorder treatment. These may include:

  • Process groups
  • Family therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Equine therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Adventure therapies

These treatment options get you physically and spiritually involved in eating disorder treatment. They also support mind-body-spirit healing.

Relapse prevention – During inpatient eating disorder treatment, you’ll face fear foods and binge foods. You’ll practice handling challenges during restaurant and grocery outings and dessert groups. As part of your relapse prevention plan, we’ll teach you healthy coping skills. You’ll draw on these skills when faced with triggers after treatment.

Aftercare planning -Eating disorder recovery is a lifelong journey. We’ll make sure you’re prepared for life after our program. This includes aftercare planning such as connecting you with physicians, therapists, nutrition counseling and other specialists. During residential eating disorder treatment, you’ll attend self-help groups like Emotions Anonymous and Eating Disorders Anonymous. These are nationwide peer support groups you can continue attending for as long as you need.

Types of Eating Disorders

People enter eating disorder treatment centers for a variety of disordered eating behaviors. We provide evidence-based eating disorder treatment for:

Anorexia – People with anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight. They drastically restrict food intake, may over exercise and maintain dangerously low weights. Anorexia has the highest mortality rates of any eating disorder. In addition to death from physical complications from anorexia, eating disorder research finds one in five anorexics die by suicide.

Bulimia – People with bulimia engage in binge and purge behaviors. They eat large amounts of food. They then vomit or abuse laxatives or diuretics to rid their bodies of the calories. These dangerous weight loss methods put people with bulimia at risk for:

  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • Esophagus rupture
  • Anemia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Damage to the kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal system

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – People with binge eating disorder regularly consume excessive amounts of food. They eat well past the point of fullness. They feel unable to control their excessive eating behaviors. People with binge eating disorder often struggle with anxiety. According to national data, around 65% of people with binge eating disorder also have an anxiety disorder.

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) – OSFED used to be known as eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). This diagnosis captures symptoms that don’t meet the criteria for binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimia. People with OSFED may have these signs and symptoms:

  • Have rituals around food
  • Eat only one food group or food color
  • Obsess about the purity or cleanliness of food

People with OSFED may engage in similar disordered eating behaviors as people with anorexia, bulimia or BED. These may include activities like restricting calories, purging, eating excessively or over-exercising.

Eating Disorder Treatment and Co-Occurring Disorders

Research finds up to 97% of people with eating disorders also have a co-occurring disorder. Residential eating disorder treatment at The Ranch includes specialized psychiatric care and addiction treatment as necessary. Our goal is to treat all your issues at the same time.

Common co-occurring mental health disorders that may come with eating disorders include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Risks of Eating Disorders

Specialized eating disorder treatment centers can help you address some of the risks of these conditions. Health consequences may include:

  • Low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and heart failure
  • Stomach pain, blocked intestines, bacterial infections, perforated intestines, constipation and nausea
  • Inadequate nutrition and malnutrition
  • Ruptured stomach and esophagus
  • Tooth decay and loss
  • Inflamed pancreas
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Seizures
  • Muscle cramps
  • Bone loss
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

Break Free From Your Eating Disorder

The shame and isolation of an eating disorder can feel overwhelming. Know that you are not alone. Change your relationship with food. We can help. Call us at: 844-876-7680

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