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Eating Disorders

At Sure Haven, we realize that eating disorders (EDs) are often misunderstood by those who have never experienced the confusion, fear and guilt these conditions cause. Eating disorders are unlike other addictions and require different treatment approaches. You can depend upon this: we will never attempt to shame or coerce you into either eating or not eating. You’ve probably had enough of these well-meaning but futile methods already, perhaps to the point to going to great lengths to deny your problematic eating behavior.
We understand that eating disorders in women are usually a part of a dual-diagnosis issue. You may also be chemically dependent, engage in self-harm, or have a sex or love addiction. When we work up your individualized comprehensive treatment plan, we may discover that you’re in need of trauma treatment because of past events in your life that caused intense physical and/or emotional pain. Since EDs tend to be long-standing, we understand how hard it will be to stop using food as a means of coping with your pain.
Clinically, eating disorder is defined by compulsive abnormalities in a person’s eating habits that is severe enough to be a focus of treatment. The American Psychiatric Association recognizes three types of EDs: (1) Anorexia Nervosa, (2) Bulimia Nervosa, and (3) Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS).
Anorexia involves self-starvation, compulsive exercising, and a pervasive fear of being overweight. Bulimic behaviors involve binging on food and then inducing vomiting. Both of these types are associated with the excessive use of laxatives and diuretics. An NOS-type ED simply means that elements of both anorexia and bulimia may be present in different degrees of severity.
Our Sure Haven staff understands that Eating Disorder treatment isn’t simply about portion control, calorie counting, physical fitness, and the types of food you eat. We “get it” that you may know all about these things but still struggle with your body image and some obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors about your appearance.
When your life feels out of control, the food you eat (or don’t eat) is the one thing over which you have complete control – the only coping skill that seems available to you. As difficult as it may be to give up this kind of control, we can teach you better ways to manage your emotions!
Sure Haven’s unique, state-of-the-art approach to ED recovery involves dual-diagnosis treatment that includes addressing the root cause of your unhealthy eating patterns, individual and group therapy, and trauma treatment. In addition, our alternative holistic approach to improve your self-image like yoga, reiki, meditation, journaling and other life skill-building activities. Many of our facilities are located in Costa Mesa: Orange County: California.
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