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.
Our adult program offers PHP as a step down from residential care. Patients attend programming on our Meadows Ranch campus during the day and then return to transitional living at our Sedona House just a few miles away each evening. Here, the staff helps patients develop and practice recovery skills in a supportive environment combined with real-life experiences. This level of care may include going out to restaurants, etc. Trauma work is also essential at this level because we want them to gain insight into how an event or multiple events may have led them to this point. Some programs aren’t comfortable doing trauma work at this level of care, feeling maybe they’re not ready, but if patients are going to struggle, we want them to do it in a safe environment. We find the danger is more in going home and opening up those wounds where they have less structure and less professional and peer support.