Why Consider Inpatient Care for Your Patient with an Eating Disorder?

Contributed by Alyson Lischer, LMFT, Director of Admissions and Business Development 

Reasons is proud to offer the full continuum of eating disorder care. We believe that it is important for patients’ to have the opportunity to transition seamlessly between levels of care with a cohesive team offering a consistent treatment approach. One thing we believe sets us apart is our ability to provide Specialized Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders. The option of inpatient treatment may perhaps sound overwhelming for a patient or family, but it can actually be a critical resource for patients needing more support in the areas of medical and mood stability. The main focus of inpatient care is safety and containment. For some patients, their behaviors and/or mood instability have left them unable to be medically or psychiatrically safe at lower levels of care. For some patients, inpatient care can actually be relieving because they finally feel safe and experience a break from feeling dysregulated and out of control.

Reasons’ Inpatient Program offers patients safety and containment by focusing on supervision and structure. Furthermore, due to the safety provided by this structure, patients are better able to begin the deeper process of healing along with symptom reduction while they are at the highest level of care, participating in a mixture of process, psychoeducation, and experiential groups, individual therapy, and nourishing meals. At Reasons, we are focused on providing specialized eating disorder treatment from an Exposure and Response Prevention model that honors the individual and their needs, no matter what stage they are in treatment.
Reasons Inpatient Program Offers:

  • Medical Monitoring and Internal Medicine Consultation
  • Acute Psychiatric Assessment and Stabilization
  • Daily Psychiatric Consultation and Monitoring
  • 24-hour Nursing Care
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Nutrition Consultation and Therapy
  • Process, Psychoeducational, Experiential, and Nutrition Groups
  • Intensive Therapeutic Interventions

When might an Inpatient Eating Disorder Program be indicated?

  • Patient is in need of 24-hour supervision due to the presence of significant eating disorder behaviors
  • Patient is in need of psychiatric stabilization for co-occurring psychiatric issues, trauma, and/or chemical dependency and would benefit from daily psychiatric contact
  • Patient is experiencing suicidal thoughts/behaviors and/or recent suicide attempt
  • Presence of self-harm behavior, especially if behaviors increase while challenging the eating disorder
  • Patients’ weight requires intensive 24-hour supervision. Extremely low weight patients may require medical stabilization prior to admission to our program.
  • Motivation for Recovery may be low or present, but ambivalent
  • Unable to engage in programming/groups at lower levels of care due to being overwhelmed with eating disorder thoughts/behaviors/urges
  • Overall, lower levels of care such as residential, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient are not able to provide enough containment, safety, or structure for the needs of the patient
    Learn more about our inpatient programs. 

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