At Hotel California By the Sea, we understand that living with an eating disorder is extremely lonely and painful. Our mission is to help women and men suffering with eating disorders overcome the guilt, shame, self-loathing and other maladaptive behaviors that come along with the addictive lifestyle. We recognize the internal pain that accompanies and often pre-empts eating disorders, and we strive to treat the underlying disease that leads to self-harm, and self-destruction. It is our goal to help each client we treat to overcome their dysfunctional coping skills and learn to live a life filled with hope, purpose, love and joy.
Our eating disorder treatment program is structured to provide a safe, supportive and serene atmosphere for recovery. We value the intrinsic strengths and unique gifts of each of our clients, and seek to treat every person as an individual. This sentiment is exemplified through our application of individualized treatment plans for each of the clients in our care. Our highly qualified staff, along with the structure of daily living within the program, allows our clients to come in as they are and learn to cope with daily struggles in a personalized and healthy manner.
The Correlation between Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency
At Hotel California By the Sea, we understand the significant overlap between eating disorders and chemical dependency. Not only is the diagnostic criteria extremely similar for both conditions, those struggling with eating disorders and chemical dependency typically display very similar behavioral symptoms including but not limited to: an obsessive preoccupation centering one’s addiction, a lack of impulse control, and the inability to stop use or change behavior despite countless negative consequences and numerous attempts.
Our clinical team at Hotel California By the Sea treats these concurrent conditions in tandem with one another by utilizing therapeutic intervention aimed at changing behavior patterns and addressing root causes and core issues that drives each individual’s addiction and eating disorder.
For more detailed information about our specialized eating disorder treatment program or to learn about our other treatment services and programs, call us today to speak to our admissions staff confidentially.
Eating disorders we treat:
While all eating disorders can be identified by an unhealthy relationship with food, weight, body size and eating, each person’s disease can manifest in a different way. Below are some of the general definitions of eating disorders that we treat, however, it is important to note that all eating disorders are different and if you are struggling with obsession and unmanageability in your life due to food, weight and/or eating, it need not fit into an exact definition. Please reach out to one of our understanding admissions representatives to do an assessment to see if our eating disorder treatment program is the right fit for you.
Anorexia Nervosa: Often characterized by distorted body image, with an unjustified fear of weight gain. Symptoms include trying to limit food/calorie intake by lack of adequate caloric intake or starvation.
Bulimia: Characterized by the, often uncontrollable, consumption of excessive amounts of food in short periods of time (often in secret), then compensating for the intake through behaviors such as vomiting, enemas, laxative abuse or over-exercising. Body weight is often normal to moderately overweight.
Binge Eating Disorder: Often referred to as compulsive over-eating, binge eating disorder is characterized by experiencing periods of compulsive, uncontrolled continuous eating, usually beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. Binge-eating disorder is often accompanied with sporadic fasts, crash diets and feelings of shame, guilt and self-loathing following a binge. Body weight can vary from normal to moderate to severely obese.
Orthorexia: Characterized by obsessive behavior in pursuit of a healthy diet, which leads to a restrictive diet, lacking in appropriate nutritional value. Orthorexia sufferers often display signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders as well.
Pica: Characterized by the consumption of items that are not traditionally edible and/or contain no nutritional value. Some examples are eating dirt, wool, pebbles, cornstarch, soil, ice, soap, paper or hair. Individuals suffering with Pica are at increased risk of malnutrition and/or poisoning. This disorder is often accompanied with feelings of guilt and shame, due to its lack of cultural understanding.
Eating disorders NOS (not otherwise specified): We are seeing more and more behaviors that are ‘trendy’ (within our society at the current time) transform into disordered eating and compulsive/obsessive behaviors. Some of the popular behaviors that can become dysfunctional are cutting out of large nutritional groups due to extreme veganism, vegetarianism, gluten-free, carbohydrate-free, fat-free and/or dairy-free diets, over-exercising; “clean eating,” KETO diet and/or an obsession with body shape and size to the point of using unhealthy and/or non-FDA approved supplements to lose weight.