At Liberty Wellness, located in Berlin, NJ, we are committed to providing the right treatment for those suffering from eating disorders, including anorexia. Eating disorders are hard to overcome alone, which is why our team of professionals will be able to assess your illness and provide you with the right anorexia treatment options.
We understand the courage that is necessary to take this step, and we support our patients and provide them with the appropriate care needed to begin their journey back to health.
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa is the most common eating disorder, and is a mental health disorder that makes people believe they are overweight even when they are dangerously underweight. They constantly monitor their weight, strictly count calories, and tend to not eat a healthy amount of food.
Some of the common symptoms of anorexia include:
- Inability to maintain a normal weight
- Skin that is yellow or blotchy and covered with soft, fine hairs
- Hair thinning or falling out
- More than three cycles without a period
- Dry skin
- Low blood pressure
You may also notice behaviors such as:
- Excessive exercise
- Pushing food around the plate instead of eating it, or cutting food into small pieces
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Depressed mood
- Hunger denial
- Use of diuretics, laxatives, or diet pills
What Causes Anorexia Nervosa?
The precise cause of anorexia is not definitive. Typically those suffering from anorexia have a negative body image and want to perfect their looks. A few factors that can play a role include:
- Biology – Some studies have shown that there is a link between low serotonin and anorexia. This is typically a genetic or hormonal connection which could lead to the development of anorexia nervosa.
- Environment – Unrealistic body image promoted by different types of media can have a negative effect on mental health. Pressure to be thin can play a major role in developing anorexia nervosa
- Psychology – People who have been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may be more prone to developing anorexia nervosa.
Types of Anorexia Treatment
There are many types of anorexia treatment, and a thorough assessment will be given in order to determine which one will fit best for the individual. Some of these treatment options include:
Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient Programs
Outpatient programs allow individuals to return home after their sessions are over. This allows them to resume normal daily activities while getting treatment. This is ideal for people who:
- Do not require constant monitoring
- Are able to function well in public settings like school, work, and social activities.
- Are continuing to make progress in their recovery
Outpatient programs could either require a few meetings per week or more depending on the individual’s circumstances. More intensive outpatient programs (IOP) could have longer and more frequent sessions per week.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
It is very common for those with eating disorders to misuse substances. We offer comprehensive substance use disorder treatments for those with eating disorders, including but not limited to:
- Seeking Safety therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
Co-Occurring / Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Mental health disorders, such as eating disorders, and addiction are closely related and can happen at the same time. We offer Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment programs that are evidence based and provide treatment for both mental illness and substance use disorders. They help people develop the skills and support they need to manage their issues and pursue important life goals.
Medical Addiction Treatment for Anorexia
Along with therapists and psychiatrists, individuals will work with doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, etc. to help them on their road to recovery. There are many medical issues that can occur due to anorexia that might need medical attention, such as:
- Delayed digestion and constipation
- Lower heart rate
- Electrolyte imbalance, which could potentially lead to heart failure
- Having troubles sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Kidney failure
- Type 2 diabetes
Another really serious health problem is refeeding syndrome. This is when a dangerous shift in electrolytes and fluids occurs within the body, which can result in seizures, respiratory failure, compromised cardiovascular status, and even death. If this condition proceeds to develop, constant medical care is crucial until the organs begin functioning properly again.
Our NJ Anorexia Treatment Facility Can Help You Recover
Finding the right outpatient rehab facility for anorexia treatment is the most crucial step. At Liberty Wellness, we can provide you with the help you need in order to begin living a healthy and fulfilling life. Take these very important steps towards a better life. Contact us today for a confidential consultation to get started now.