Summer Is a Good Time to Seek Eating Disorder Treatment

Dr. Wandler, Medical Director of The Meadows Ranch states that “Summer is an ideal time to seek out professional help from a trusted eating disorder treatment center such as The Meadows Ranch. The summer holidays can often provide a great opportunity to get the help you need, with time off available from school or work.”

The summer break allows female students a chance to enter into a treatment program without adding undue stress such as school attendance or falling behind in school assignments. Seeking treatment without these worries or added pressures allows patients to focus solely on their recovery and address their underlying issues.

Summer break not only provides patients time to take their first steps towards recovery, but it also allows them time to adjust to a healthier way of looking at food before returning to a high-pressure academic environment. A creditable eating disorder treatment program such as The Meadows Ranch can help a patient uncover the underlying cause of their issues and identify their triggers and stressors. With this knowledge and new tools, the patient is then equipped with the means to manage their eating disorder and have time to practice their new skills before returning to school.

Structured Summer

Having a long summer break can be challenging to someone struggling with an eating disorder or related issues. The relaxed, open-ended days of summer with BBQs and endless food at your disposal often creates more stress, triggers, and body image issues for individuals trapped in the bondage of the hopelessness that eating disorders create. In addition, the lack of structure can lead to unhealthy compulsive exercising. An additional benefit of seeking eating disorder treatment during summer break is that it provides patients with a structured environment so they can begin to see success in their efforts to break out of the destructive, compulsive cycle and begin to feel more hopeful about a future without an eating disorder.

At The Meadows Ranch, our patients will spend their summer recovering from their eating disorder through a variety of holistic treatments and experiential opportunities on a beautiful, tranquil ranch setting. The multi-disciplinary teams of eating disorder experts at The Meadows Ranch reach the underlying cause of the eating disorder and restore balance to an individual’s life.

Our patients will experience cutting-edge treatment such as:

  • Equine Therapy
  • Challenge Course
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • …and many more

One of the most frequently asked questions students face when they return to school in the fall is, “How did you spend your summer?” With the variety of activities our patients participant in at The Meadows Ranch, the patients can either choose to disclose their participation in therapy and recovery or simply state that they spent their vacation in the beautiful Sonoran Desert rediscovering who they truly are.

We Can Help

The Meadows Ranch is a place where eating disorders don’t define an individual. The individual defines their treatment. Each program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient and their individual needs. Our mind-body-social-spiritual framework of care makes the best use of healing in every aspect of an individual’s life. And because our programs are designed to empower our patients, lasting changes are able to take root and thrive.

Recovery from eating disorders is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 and we will contact you with the information you need.

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