Our Treatment Program
Eating Disorder Program
Rader Eating Disorder Programs’ experienced staff has provided top-quality treatment to those struggling with eating disorders for more than 30 years. Our mission is clear: to help save the lives of individuals suffering from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia and compulsive overeating , as well as related conditions.
At Rader Programs we are absolutely committed to treating eating disorders in a supportive environment that facilitates recovery. Our interdisciplinary team of caring and experienced professionals, many of whom have struggled with eating disorders themselves, help individuals and their families plan lifelong recovery programs. We realize that eating disorders are complex and recognize that eating disorders have medical psychological, nutritional and physical aspects. As such, we develop unique eating disorder treatment programs based on each person’s needs. We are completely committed to helping every individual achieve lifelong recovery.
Our diverse treatment team is made up of experienced professionals including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, family counselors, nurses and exercise counselors who help each individual and their family through the program. Our multidisciplinary approach to treatment, helps individuals learn to respect and love themselves, while forging positive relationships with their family and loved ones.
"Willpower alone does not work, because it’s a disease."
Eating Disorders affect millions of Americans each year. Individuals struggling with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive overeating are controlled by food. The focus of their existence often revolves around gaining and losing weight. It’s common for individuals with eating disorders to experience feelings of guilt, shame, isolation and depression. Though eating disorder symptoms vary, individuals with eating disorders all share something in common: their diseases can be fatal if left untreated. However, lifelong freedom and recovery from an eating disorder can be achieved with the right professional support. By understanding the cause of self-destructive eating disorder behavior, individuals can acquire the tools to transform their lives.
The core of Rader Programs’ philosophy is:
It’s not your fault.
You’re not alone.
We can help.
It’s our belief that individuals rely on eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive overeating as survival mechanisms to help cope with their lives. We therefore not only address these mistaken beliefs, but also provide individuals with healthy coping techniques that can help them confront difficult situations in life.
Most eating disorder treatment programs utilize a reward and punishment system. We do not utilize such systems because they are ineffective. Individuals with eating disorders have spent enough time punishing themselves already. Rader Programs' approach is centered on the individual. All aspects of the individual's life are explored and addressed in a supportive environment. We do not concentrate solely on the symptoms of the eating disorders, or focus on dieting. Instead individual, family, and group counseling, as well as nutritional guidance, exercise training, and educational sessions are all combined to create the path toward recovery.
Eating Disorder Treatment Process
Rader Programs helps you design the eating disorder treatment that works best for your life. We offer a variety of programs tailored to your individual needs. Our inpatient eating disorder facility accommodates patients with 24-hour care and an interdisciplinary staff specialized in eating disorder treatment. Our daycare sessions cater to patients who can function within their usual home environment but are looking for a structured daily program for eating disorder treatment. The continuing care program offers professionally supervised care to patients who have progressed through inpatient or daycare and need a little extra help structuring their new, healthier lifestyle. The outpatient facility allows minimal disruption to daily life, using one nightly meeting a week to provide additional support to those integrating an eating disorder treatment plan for bulimia, anorexia or compulsive overeating into their lives beyond the clinic. Our family program also assists patients in restructuring and maintaining strong family relationships through weekend sessions with significant others.
Upon admission to the program, a complete one on one assessment process begins. The assessments include:
- Eating Disorders Medical Evaluation
- Psychological Evaluation Psychological Evaluation
- Nutrition Nutritional Assessment
- Exercise Assessment
- Anorexia Nursing Assessment
- Binge Eating Laboratory Work up
- Bulimia Psych-social Assessment
From these evaluations, an individualized treatment plan is developed, which sets the path for the specific direction of the treatment. The treatment team meets weekly to discuss and update each individual's treatment plan. We believe the individual is an integral part of the treatment team, and is included in setting and redirecting the treatment process. Aspects of individualized eating disorder treatment include:
- Individualized Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Exercise program
- Educational sessions
- Nutritional counseling
- Body Image group
- Sexuality group
- Creative Expression
- Stress Reduction
- Recreational Therapy
- Assertiveness Training
- Aftercare program
- Discharge planning
All of these aspects of treatment are available on an Acute and Daycare basis.