Separate Programs for Adults and Adolescents

We offer specialized care for women and girls in all stages of eating disorder recovery. Adult women and adolescents are treated in completely separate programs on our sprawling campus, where we believe they benefit from a homey environment and relaxed atmosphere instead of a sterile hospital setting. Our approach combines proven medical and clinically intensive treatment with life skills training and experiential programs to help patients restore balance in their lives and gain the tools necessary for lasting, long-term recovery.

All programs are led by a caring team of eating disorder professionals, including master’s-level therapists, registered dietitians, and medical care providers. This specialized team creates a comprehensive plan of care specific to the patient’s goals, preferences, and clinical status. The Meadows Ranch is Joint Commission-accredited and known throughout the industry for its outstanding patient safety record and quality of care.

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Assessing the Patient’s Needs

Our team of treatment experts carefully assesses each patient, determining which level of treatment is right for them at each stage of their journey. Most patients begin with inpatient treatment before moving to residential and eventually stepping down to a partial-hospitalization level of care, but each case is unique. Patients move on their own timeline, based on their individual progress.


At this stage of treatment, critically underweight patients achieve medical stabilization, weight restoration, and nutritional rehabilitation in a safe, home-like environment. Patients receive the highest level of care from our 24-hour nursing staff and our experienced team of doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, and therapists. This level of care may also include chemical dependency detox services. The primary goal at this stage is to get patients grounded as they begin to build rapport with their clinical team, who will meet them right where they are.


As they become nutritionally stable, patients are ready to begin uncovering the complex psychological factors contributing to their unhealthy relationship with food and gain the tools they need to be successful in their recovery journey. Our residential environment allows patients to feel comfortable and at home while they do this intensive work. Our staff sits down for meals with the patients to monitor their eating patterns and food intake, and to develop an understanding of their thinking patterns. Through these conversations at mealtime, patients learn new, healthy eating patterns.

Our approach to nutrition helps patients develop the daily living skills to prepare nutritional meals upon their return home. This includes patients, on a rotating basis, participating in prepping and plating meals. This type of exposure has a positive effect, but is just one element of the overall treatment process. During this stage, our younger patients also have access to a challenging accredited academic program to ensure their education continues while in treatment.


The Importance of Aftercare

Treatment is just the beginning. Eating disorders don’t develop in a few weeks, and they aren’t resolved in that span of time either. It’s understandable that patients and loved ones want to believe you can participate in treatment and return home “fixed.” Treatment at The Meadows Ranch is a great beginning, but recovery is a process that will continue for an extended period of time.

That doesn’t mean you need to be fearful about returning to your regular life. Before you prepare to leave treatment, we’ll work with you to create an aftercare plan that includes ongoing support. We’ll reconnect you with your home treatment team or establish one for you, if needed. Post-treatment, you’ll have good and bad days. You won’t be fixed and your life won’t be perfect, but you’ll have the tools you gained and a foundation of trauma work and therapy that will be a springboard to this next exciting season.

Who We Treat at The Meadows Ranch

The Meadows Ranch offers two separate eating disorder treatment programs: one for pre-teen and adolescent girls as young as 11 and another for adult women 18 and older. Both programs benefit from the same clinical expertise and dedicated, caring staff, but this allows us to tailor treatment to each age group’s unique needs. Patients from all over the world and from all faiths have sought treatment at The Meadows Ranch.

Get Answers to Your Questions

If you or a loved one would like to know more about eating disorder treatment at The Meadows Ranch, give us a call to speak to one of our trained intake coordinators. We’re here to help.

Call 866-332-2919