Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program

I continue to thank you each day for all you have done for us; you have given me my daughter back and have renewed our family life!
Parent of Former Patient

Walden Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Walden Behavioral Care provides a full continuum of care for adolescents and teens 12-17 years of age with eating disorders, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.  To determine which level of care meets the adolescent’s current medical and emotional needs, an initial clinical assessment is performed.  After the assessment is completed, patients are referred to the appropriate level of care and assigned a treatment team including a case manager, nurse and physician.  This team of experts designs a comprehensive treatment plan to meet the adolescent’s medical, nutritional, behavioral and psychiatric needs.  Throughout treatment, patients are continuously monitored and treatment is adjusted as needed. While many patients advance through the continuum and onto full recovery, some patients will need to move from a lower level of care to a higher level of care to accommodate their current needs.

Treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating

Walden treats a variety of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, a psychological disorder characterized by an aversion to eating and fear of gaining weight; bulimia nervosa, a condition where sufferers typically purge food they have eaten by self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or other means, and binge eating disorder, which is characterized by uncontrollable, excessive eating.

Walden Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment – The First Step Toward Recovery

Walden’s Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Program provides adolescents and teens with the most intensive level of care.   The program is a structured, medically monitored, therapeutic program for females and males 12 to 17 years of age who require 24 hour medical management as they start their step-by-step journey toward recovery from an eating disorder.  At this acute level of care, patients are slowly stabilized both medically and behaviorally.  During this process, vital signs are monitored frequently and 24 hour nursing care is provided.  Once the stabilization process is complete, plans are made to advance the patient to a less intense level of care. Another key component of the program is providing education to both the patient and their family on eating disorders and proper nutrition with the aim of reducing anxiety, promoting coping skills, and restoring hope for recovery.
Learn more about the goals and requirements involved with inpatient eating disorder treatment

Adolescent Residential Eating Disorder Treatment – Compassionate Care in a Home-Like Environment

The Adolescent Residential Program is a structured, medically monitored, therapeutic residential program for adolescents requiring 24 hour care as they recover from eating disorders. The program incorporates key aspects of the Maudsley Method, a family-based treatment that has been shown to be the most effective treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. For this reason, teens and families participate in a continuous program throughout the stay that is designed to promote the development of individual skills and family structure, to provide a safe environment at home and allow for additional aftercare services to continue the remaining therapeutic work.
Learn more about the goals and requirements involved with residential eating disorder treatment

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Eating Disorder Treatment – Compassionate Care in a Home-Like Environment

The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program combines the independence of living in the day-to-day world with a highly structured and supportive environment. This program is ideal for adolescents who need more structure and intensive treatment than outpatient care alone can provide. We believe with encouragement, self-determination and family support, patients can progress to outpatient treatment and a full recovery.
Learn more about the goals and requirements involved with partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment – Compassionate Care in a Home-Like Environment

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) incorporates key aspects of the Maudsley Method, a family-based treatment that has been researched and shown to be the most effective treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. Family-based treatment views families as an invaluable resource in treatment because they are uniquely positioned to provide the support and supervision necessary to combat this life threatening disease. Parents are temporarily put in charge of all aspects of eating in order to interrupt eating disorder behaviors that are threatening the health and well-being of their child. The treatment seeks to respect the adolescent’s opinions and experience, but refuses to let this devastating illness continue to control their lives.
Learn more about the goals and requirements involved with intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment

Support for Family and Friends

Family and friends play an important role in treatment.  Throughout their adolescent’s treatment and recovery Walden offers families and friends the opportunity to participate in support and recovery groups that educate them about eating disorders and teach effective ways to tolerate stress, manage emotions and interact with their loved one during difficult times.
To learn more about Walden Behavioral Care’s adolescent eating disorder treatment programs, contact Walden at 781-647-6727 or online.