Frequently Asked Questions2023-06-20T10:41:35+00:00

Common Inquiries About Treatment at Reasons

What is a typical day like?2023-06-26T21:24:49+00:00

Programming for our inpatient and residential eating disorder program runs from 7:45 am to 8:30 pm with scheduled breaks throughout the day. This includes a mix of group therapy sessions, individual therapy, supported meals and snacks, and meetings with the clinical director, physician or dietitian.

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) runs Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and the intensive outpatient program (IOP) runs either from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm or 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Programming is rigorous in both programs, and days are composed of therapy groups, a meal, and individual sessions with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Interested in what a day at Reasons Eating Disorder Center might look like you’re admitted for treatment? Read below to see what a day of treatment might look like for the programs at Reasons.


When can I admit?2023-06-06T12:49:05+00:00

Admissions dates are set on an individual basis and are determined by space availability and your schedule. When you call us at 844-573-2776, our team will schedule a no-cost clinical consultation and benefits check the same day. Once we have your information and have completed an assessment, we will work with you to set an admission date for the recommended level of care.

How long is the program?2023-06-06T12:47:57+00:00

The length of stay varies for each individual and is determined based on medical necessity. The length of stay averages four to six weeks but can be extended based on medical necessity. Patients often transition to PHP when they are ready to discharge from 24-hour inpatient and residential care.

Will my family be involved in treatment?2023-06-26T21:29:12+00:00

We believe family and friends can be a valuable source of support and strength for patients on the journey to recovery and our clinical team places a strong emphasis on involving the family in the treatment process. “Family” can consist of any support system the patient identifies such as parents, siblings, significant others, friends or colleagues. Through visits, therapy and other involvement, we work to make sure family can be involved in recovery as necessary. Please see our Resources for Family & Loved Ones for more information.

What’s the difference between inpatient and residential treatment?2023-06-06T12:45:17+00:00

Inpatient treatment is our highest level of care located in a specialized eating disorder unit at BHC Alhambra Hospital. Our residential treatment facilities are located in beautiful, six-bed houses in Pasadena, San Marino, and Arcadia, California, and are the immediate step-down options from inpatient treatment. Both levels of care are intensive and structured and offer 24-hour nursing care, therapeutic support and supervision. Review our programs to learn more about each one.

What are the visiting hours?2023-06-26T21:25:30+00:00

Visiting hours at the residential houses are Monday through Friday, 7:30 pm to 10 pm. Inpatient facility visitation hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm. There are extended visiting hours on the weekends. Contact us for more information.

Do you take insurance?2023-06-06T12:43:41+00:00

We accept most major managed health care and medical insurance plans. We are also a TRICARE® Certified Provider for active duty service members and their families. Review our Insurance Information for full details.

Do you work with dual diagnoses?2023-06-06T12:42:28+00:00

Yes. Many patients come to us with significant trauma, histories of substance abuse, and mood and anxiety disorders. We individualize our treatment plans and include somatic therapies, 12-Step groups, and psychiatric stabilization to assist patients in their healing process from not only the eating disorder but other mental health concerns as well. Read more about co-occurring issues HERE.

Can I practice my faith at Reasons?2023-06-06T12:41:34+00:00

We understand that spirituality may play a large role in your recovery. We offer groups dedicated to spirituality, and when appropriate, we can make arrangements for attending services of your choice.

How do you determine the plan for discharge?2023-06-06T12:41:08+00:00

We understand that continuity of care is vital to maintaining the skills that you have acquired at Reasons. Our case manager will work with you to find an outside treatment team that best fits your individual needs. We also offer on-site Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for those who live in the local Los Angeles, California area, and virtual PHP and IOP for those throughout the state.

How do you determine my meal plan?2023-06-06T12:40:36+00:00

Upon admission, you will be meeting with our Registered Dietitian to assess your nutritional needs and determine your individualized meal plan. We utilize different approaches to meal preparation and meal planning based on the level of care. Learn more about our nutrition philosophy and the E.A.T model HERE.

Can you accommodate a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle?2023-06-06T12:39:53+00:00

We can accommodate vegetarianism, but not veganism. We do encourage individuals to discuss your dietary needs/concerns with our Registered Dietitian. Our goal is to help you determine the difference between food preferences and eating disordered behaviors.

Can I smoke?2023-06-06T12:39:29+00:00

There are designated, outdoor smoking areas at our residential and independent living houses. Smoking is not permitted at BHC Alhambra Hospital, which houses our inpatient program.

Will I be able to leave the program on a pass?2023-06-06T12:39:02+00:00

We do believe exposure to real-life situations is important. Passes are determined on an individual basis with your therapist, keeping in mind your readiness and your needs.

Can I exercise?2023-06-06T12:38:24+00:00

You’ll be working with a medical doctor and dietitian throughout your stay that will help you determine the appropriate level of exercise for your personal needs. We offer yoga three times per week and dance movement therapy twice a week.

Do you provide transitional living to supplement your partial programs?2023-06-06T12:35:10+00:00

We do offer an independent living program located about 15 minutes from our Partial Hospitalization Program. It is an intimate, six-bed house setting.

Can I go to school/work while in the program?2023-06-06T12:33:18+00:00

Many people attend school or work part-time while in our partial or intensive outpatient programs. Your eating disorder treatment is a priority, and you and your therapist will determine when school or work is able to be incorporated into your recovery process.

Do you have Spanish-speaking therapists?2023-06-06T12:32:20+00:00

We do, but all groups are led in English.

Am I allowed to use my phone and computer?2023-06-06T12:31:32+00:00

There are designated times during the day when you can use your phone and computer.

What should I bring?2023-06-16T10:18:33+00:00

We’d like you to be as comfortable as possible during your stay, so please review the What to Bring List for additional details on what to pack and what you should leave at home.

We Hold Hope for Your Recovery

Eating disorder recovery is not always easy, but it is possible. Let us support you in discovering not only the reasons for your eating disorder but the reasons for your recovery. To schedule a no-cost clinical consultation or for more information, please call 844-573-2766 or use our online contact form. In case of a medical emergency or crisis, please call 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.

Eating Disorder Recovery is Possible

We understand that there are reasons for your eating disorder. We’re here to stand with you during this difficult time. Let’s work together to discover the reasons for your recovery.

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