Testimonials

"My compliments to the Eating Disorder Center of Denver for their professional work with one of our patients. The staff were very prompt and organized in setting up an appointment. Also, patient and family were very pleased with their treatment and were professional, all matters were handled. I will definitely refer to the center again.”

- Susan Traywick, Park Hill Assisted Living Residence

 
Eating Disorder Facts and Information about Anorexia and Bulimia

Why choose Eating Disorder Center of Denver?

For adult women and men afflicted with an eating disorder, Eating Disorder Center of Denver offers one of the most comprehensive, collaborative and well-rounded treatment programs available. Our experienced clinical team, which includes therapists, physicians, counselors, expressive therapists and registered dietitians, helps you heal on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual levels that affect your eating disorder. With assistance from our esteemed Scientific Advisory Board, our program delivers the most current evidence-based treatment and proven therapy models.

At no other treatment center will a patient receive a more individualized and well-rounded biological, psychological, social and spiritual treatment program - a treatment program designed for individual needs and geared toward individual success.

FAQs and Essential Eating Disorders Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have, or if my loved one has, an eating disorder?

Why choose Eating Disorder Center of Denver for treatment?

What is different about the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization program vs. a residential program, and is it as effective?

How quickly are patients admitted, and how long do patients usually stay in the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization program?

What occurs during the admission process?

I haven't had an eating disorder very long; do I need such serious treatment?

What should I do if I have already tried outpatient therapy?

What if I live too far to drive every day to Eating Disorder Center of Denver?

How are meals conducted in the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization and evening intensive outpatient programs?

What programs do you offer for continued care after the partial hospitalization program?

How much does treatment cost at Eating Disorder Center of Denver?

Will my insurance cover the treatment I need?

How do I know if my insurance company considers your center "in network" or a "preferred provider"?

How do I get more information about Eating Disorder Center of Denver?

Do you provide vegan diets?

 

How do I know if I have, or if my loved one has, have an eating disorder?
There are three primary eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified (including binge eating disorder). All represent serious underlying emotional problems that can have life threatening consequences. Individuals may suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Preoccupation with food, weight or body image
  • Negative thoughts about body shape or size
  • Using vomiting, exercise, diet pills, diuretics or laxatives to prevent weight gain
  • Having a secret life which revolves around food and weight
  • Feeling "fat" even when normal or underweight
  • Dramatic changes in eating habits or significant weight loss
  • Judging self-worth by weight and body size
  • Fasting, refusing to eat, or binge eating
  • Feeling out of control with eating

If you believe you have an eating disorder, call an Eating Disorder Center of Denver assessment clinician at 866.771.0861. A clinician will be able to provide more information and/or schedule a free evaluation to help determine the nature of your concerns. You may also click here to submit an inquiry online.

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Why choose Eating Disorder Center of Denver for treatment?
As a center of excellence, Eating Disorder Center of Denver provides a unique approach to treating women and men with eating disorders. We treat adults 18 years of age and older. We offer a cost-effective partial hospitalization program that consists of treatment programs in the center for 10 hours a day, seven days a week. During the partial hospitalization program, we provide patients with individual therapy, psychiatrist visits, medical evaluations, family therapy, dietary counseling, and numerous group and experiential therapies. Meals and snacks are included each day. Under the guidance of our experienced clinicians, patients are active participants in their treatment and are empowered to seek recovery.

Eating Disorder Center of Denver accepts all major insurance and, if needed, works with the patient's insurance company to obtain single case agreements. Unlike other treatment facilities, we do not require that the patient make full payment upon admission. If the patient has out-of-pocket expenses, payment can be made on a weekly basis.

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What is different about the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization program vs. a residential program, and is it as effective?
It is important to understand the similarities between a partial hospitalization program and a residential program. Both programs provide a full day (10 hours) of treatment interventions, including group and individual therapy, psychiatric and medical monitoring. They both include meals and snacks facilitated by a registered dietitian.

In the partial hospitalization program, you leave the clinic in the evening. You either return home or to an apartment managed by Eating Disorder Center of Denver. Time away from the clinic each day empowers you to integrate the days' activities and to practice healthy coping strategies. You not only learn to own your recovery, you learn the joy of owning your success.

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How quickly are patients admitted, and how long do patients usually stay in the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization program?
Patients are usually admitted to Eating Disorder Center of Denver within one to three days after the assessment is completed. A typical length of stay in the partial hospitalization program ranges from four to eight weeks, however length of treatment is determined individually according to the diagnosis and needs of each patient.

Anorexic patients on weight restoration plans often have longer lengths of stay to meet the weight restoration goal prior to completion of the program. Some patients with less severe symptoms may require a shorter treatment time.

As patients meet individualized goals, they transition to less intensive treatment, attending fewer days per week and fewer hours per day.

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What occurs during the admissions process?
During the admissions process, an assessment is conducted by an Eating Disorder Center of Denver assessment clinician. This includes a review of the patient's biological, psychological and social issues, as well as their eating disorder history. The assessment takes approximately 60 - 90 minutes. The assessment clinician makes a recommendation regarding the most appropriate level of care for the patient. Once the admission date has been determined, the assessment clinician contacts the patient's insurance company to obtain authorization for treatment.

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I haven't had an eating disorder very long; do I need such serious treatment?
The duration of one's symptoms is less important than the seriousness of those symptoms. Research shows early intervention for eating disorders is key to a healthy recovery. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric diagnoses. Taking into account current symptoms, the history of attempts to manage those symptoms and the current consequences of the eating disorder (social, financial, medical, emotional and spiritual), the Eating Disorder Center of Denver assessment clinician will make a recommendation for the appropriate level of care needed.

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What should I do if I have already tried outpatient therapy?
If outpatient treatment has been unsuccessful, it may mean that a more intense level of care is needed. Upon gathering your individual treatment and clinical history, an assessment and recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be made by the Eating Disorder Center of Denver assessment clinician.

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What if I live too far to drive every day to Eating Disorder Center of Denver?
Eating Disorder Center of Denver has apartments available for lease that are conveniently located near our offices. Lodging in the apartments is available for an affordable daily rate. In addition, our admissions department can provide a list of nearby hotels for family and patient use. For more information about our apartments, click here.

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How are meals conducted in the Eating Disorder Center of Denver's partial hospitalization and intensive evening outpatient programs?
Meals are planned by a registered dietitian in collaboration with the patient's treatment team. All meals are facilitated by a therapist and are designed to be an enjoyable time, with a short period of processing following the meal. Every effort is made to attend to patient needs without supporting eating disordered fears and behaviors.

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What programs do you offer for continued care after the partial hospitalization program?
We recommend that patients move from one level of care to a less intensive level of care to help with a successful recovery transition. Evening aftercare groups are offered to those who have completed treatment at Eating Disorder Center of Denver or another equally intensive treatment program. For those who required residential treatment out of state, our partial hospitalization and evening intensive outpatient programs are a very good transition back into the patient's home state and into a supportive recovery environment.

We work closely with each patient and their referring therapist, if applicable, to ensure that the patient is ready to be discharged. We provide the tools that patients need to make the transition back into their families, careers and communities.

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How much does treatment cost at Eating Disorder Center of Denver?
The cost for treatment depends on the services provided. Call our assessment clinician at 866.771.0861 for more information.

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Will my insurance cover the treatment I need?
Eating Disorder Center of Denver has been very successful in getting treatment covered by insurance. However, insurance coverage varies for each patient. The business office at Eating Disorder Center of Denver will work with you and your insurance company to determine benefits, obtain authorization and act as your advocate in obtaining the maximum benefits available in your healthcare coverage.

Many plans do not cover behavioral health, or they may exclude eating disorders or have other limitations that prevent full payment for treatment. Many times, families choose to self-pay for services and/or find resources within their extended family to help with payment. Because of the wide variety in insurance coverage and the individual treatment plan developed for your care, we encourage our patients to develop a plan "B" for payment if their need should be greater than allowed by their insurance company.

Contact our admissions department at 866.771.0861 for an up to date list of insurance companies in which Eating Disorder Center of Denver participates and for information on our financial assistance program.

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How do I determine if my insurance company considers Eating Disorder Center of Denver in-network or a preferred provider?
We contract with all the major insurance companies in order for Eating Disorder Center of Denver to be considered in-network. We also routinely enter into single case agreements so you can receive in-network benefits, even if we do not appear on your insurance company's published list of providers. For more information, contact our assessment clinician at 866.771.0861.

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How do I get more information about Eating Disorder Center of Denver?
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a complimentary and confidential assessment, call Eating Disorder Center of Denver toll free at 866.771.0861. You may also click here to submit an inquiry online.

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Do you provide vegan diets?
During treatment, we encourage patients to expand their diet to include foods that were previously restricted as a result of the eating disorder. While we can accommodate a vegetarian diet within this philosophy, we feel that a vegan diet limits our ability to provide a diet compatible with recovery goals and the increased physiologic needs of health restoration. We encourage patients to challenge and interrupt food rituals that maintain their eating disorder. We work with the patient to plan a diet that sustains recovery, provides optimal nutrition and is also compatible with personal philosophies.

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