Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program (BETR)
Although it affects millions of Americans, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is misunderstood widely. BED, which involves frequent overeating accompanied by feelings of distress, guilt, and shame coupled with feeling out of control, has long been under- or misdiagnosed when it is, in fact, twice as common as Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa.
To support this population best, the Eating Recovery Center has expanded and enhanced its eating disorder services to offer separate and specialized treatment for those struggling with BED and other related illnesses in the following locations:
The Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program (BETR) is a unique, cutting-edge treatment that is dedicated to providing an effective and highly efficient treatment plan that helps individuals recover from BED and related conditions.
What does BETR Treat?
Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Night Eating Syndrome, “Compulsive Overeating”/ “Food Addiction”, Pre- and Post- Bariatric Surgery Care/Complications i.e. Loss of Control Eating, “Plugging” or Post-Surgical Purging, and PSEAD – Post-Surgical Eating Avoidance Disorder
How we do it:
- Provide a treatment environment for all sized BED patients that supports their safety and comfort best.
- Provide bariatric furniture and additional equipment for our patients of higher weight.
- Adhere to the philosophy that not all eating disorders are similar, and therefore, provide BED patients with a milieu separate from that of other ED patients.
- Treat significant medical comorbidities simultaneously, and consider this when creating an individualized treatment plan.
- Address comorbid mood, anxiety and substance use disorder simultaneously and implement a recovery strategy in the patient’s treatment plan.
- Incorporate experiential daily nutritional groups that emphasize a balanced, rather than an abstinent approach to food.
- Approach nutrition in a way that accommodates medical comorbidities best and decreases the emphasis on meal completion and supplementation.
- Implement an innovative approach of daily Joyful movement into patient’s treatment plan.
- Use a cutting-edge combination of Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment
- Provide individualized and group therapies that include intensive work with family/support systems.
- Meaningful changes in lipid panel, fasting BG, blood pressure, LFT’s, and medication compliance. HDL up by 10, triglycerides decreased 40 points, fasting BG 180-120.
- Ferritin & Hemoglobin (10 at admission) WNL; avoided iron transfusions.
- Decreased “late” dumping/reactive hypoglycemia.
- Increased sleep efficiency to 90% and decreased daytime sleepiness.
- Decreased depressive symptoms to WNL on BDI-II, no nocturnal related eating episodes, abstinent from bingeing, eliminated cough drops, meal plan compliance 85%.
- Quality of life: started walking vs. Ubering to work, incorporating “trigger food” once per week at Starbucks with friend, resumed post bariatric supplements.