Programs for Teens with Eating Disorders

Directory of Programs for Teens with Eating Disorders

Falcon Ridge Ranch
Residential Treatment Center
Girls Ages: 12-17 Utah $7,800/mo.
Integrity House
Residential Treatment Center
Girls Ages: 12-17 Utah $5,300/mo.
Rancho Valmora
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 12-17 New Mexico $180/day
Red Rock Canyon School
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 12-17 Utah $7,000/mo.
Three Springs
Residential Treatment Center
Boys, Girls Ages: 10-17 Alabama $125-140/day
Turnabout - Stillwater Academy
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 12-20 Utah $4,850/mo.

Parenting Teens with Eating Disorders

Does your teenager have an eating disorder? Airbrushed models, teen superstars, even GAP commercials tell teens, “Thin is in.” Unfortunately, these superstars project an image of perfection that is, for most, unrealistic and unattainable. Anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating deceive teens with empty promises, promises of fixing their problems and soothing their insecurities. All the while they’re stripping away identity and sense of worth, preying on the desire to fit in and be accepted. Eating disorders are a harrowing addiction — affecting teens physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When insecurity gives way to an eating disorder, parents are more needed than ever. It takes a joint effort between parents and their son or daughter to fight this overpowering addiction.

Eating disorders are one of the unspoken secrets that permeate many families. Millions of Americans are afflicted with this disorder every year, and most of them -- up to 90 percent -- are adolescent and young women. Rarely talked about, an eating disorder can affect up to 5 percent of the population of teenage girls.

Eating disorders are serious problems and need to be diagnosed and treated like any medical disease. If they continue to go untreated, these behaviors can result in future severe medical complications that can be life-threatening.

If your teen has an eating disorder he/she should not be blamed for having it! The disorders are caused by a complex interaction of social, biological and psychological factors which bring about the harmful behaviors. The important thing is to stop as soon as you recognize these behaviors, or to get help to begin the road to recovery.

Programs that Can Help Teens with Eating Disorders

Programs that help treat teens with eating disorders include boarding schools, residential treatment centers. Residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools are best equipped to help teens with eating disorders. Treatment of eating disorders nearly always includes cognitive-behavioral or group psychotherapy. Medications may also be appropriate and have been found effective in the treatment of these disorders, when combined with psychotherapy.

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