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Eating Disorders Treatment
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Eating Disorders Treatment at Integrative Life Center

Integrative Life Center’s eating disorder program provides clients with two (2) levels of residential (our Primary Program at Morning Star and Intensive Outpatient Program with independent living) as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program where clients reside in their own home. Clients must demonstrate medical stability in order to be eligible for admission.

Primary Program at Morning Star

A clinically intensive program (25+ hours per week) in a residential setting that provides a home-like environment, with additional support from staff during meals. While food is provided, clients cook their own meals with staff guidance, prepare shopping lists based on their meal plans, shop for groceries (with staff guidance), and face the daily tasks of managing food and feelings, both at the center during the daytime and at their residence in the evening.

  • No more than 6 clients are accepted at a time in the Morning Star program, which enables staff to personalize treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each client.

  • The program requires a minimum length of stay of 30 days and often longer lengths of stay are necessary to resolve underlying problems and to stabilize the severe symptoms of an eating disorder. Since recovery is defined differently by each client, clients recover at their own pace and staff continually evaluate readiness for decreased structure and step-down.

  • To ensure medical stability and promote progress, weight stabilization is addressed individually. Meal plans are developed with a licensed dietitian, with whom clients meet weekly for ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

  • Consulting physicians and psychiatrists are a part of the clinical team and work closely with ILC staff. Psychiatrist nurse practitioners are available weekly and as needed for evaluation and medication monitoring.

If an individual lives locally in the Nashville area and chooses to live at home while in the primary program, all services except the residential living community at Morning Star are included in the primary program.

Schedule

Each day clients prepare and eat their breakfast with the staff beginning at 7:00 a.m. Staff facilitators participate in each meal and are present to guide both the meal time and the meal process session, which includes a discussion about food, feelings and the meal experience. Group therapy is held at the center from 9:00 – 3:00. Lunch takes place from 12:00 – 1:00, and an afternoon snack is provided after afternoon group therapy (1:00 – 3:00). Process time takes place after meals and clients are encouraged to discuss successes and/or difficulties they may have encountered. In the evenings, clients are held accountable for preparing and eating their own dinner, according to their meal plan.

Clients attend treatment at the center from 9:00 – 3:00. Group therapy is the primary mode with additional individual therapy and nutrition education sessions weekly. Family therapy is available and contact with family and/or significant others is made weekly. For additional support, a variety of recovery support meetings are scheduled throughout the week with client input.

Morning Star Sample Weekly Schedule

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
6:30 Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up
7:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 Group Therapy (Accountabilities, Process, Breathwork, Spirit Recovery, Psychodrama) Nutrition
ED Process Group
 
Experiential Therapy Group
DBT
ED Process Group
Yoga
Mindfulness
12:00 – 1:00 Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process
1:00 – 3:00 Creative Therapy Group Creative Therapy Group Creative Therapy Group Creative Therapy Group Grocery Shopping Experiential
3:00 – 5:00 Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Psychiatric Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments
6:30 Supported Dinner and Process Supported Dinner and Process Supported Dinner and Process Supported Dinner and Process Supported Dinner and Process
Evening Recovery Support EDA Meeting Recovery Support Recovery Support Recovery Support

** Snacks available during morning and afternoon breaks


Weekends at Morning Star

Weekends include recovery support meetings, leisure activities, chores, visitation, acupuncture and/or massage/body work.

Intensive Outpatient Program

A less clinically intensive level of care for those who need continued support or are starting their recovery experience. A residential living community is offered at this level of care for clients who need structure and accountability but less staff monitoring than in our primary program. The minimum length of stay at this level of care is six (6) weeks although the majority of clients are in treatment at this level of care for at least 90 days

  • 12 hours of group therapy weekly

  • Individual therapy weekly or more frequently if needed

  • Family therapy available as needed/requested

  • Onsite nursing and psychiatry services available as needed

  • Clients provide their own food and transportation

  • Acupuncture and Massage/body work included in addition to group and individual therapy

IOP Sample Weekly Schedule

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9:00 – 12:00 Group Therapy (Accountabilities, Process, Breathwork, Spirit Recovery, Psychodrama) Nutrition
ED Process Group
  DBT
ED Process Group
Yoga
Mindfulness
12:00 – 1:00 Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process   Supported Lunch and Process Supported Lunch and Process
1:00 – 4:00 Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Psychiatric Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments Individual Therapy and/or Nutrition Appointments

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What Should I Bring?

    Enough clothing for 2 weeks (2 suitcase limit). Washer and Dryer are available on grounds. Casual attire that is appropriate for the season. No clothing that glorifies alcohol and/or drug use or is revealing (low cut, strapless, short shorts, etc.)

  • 2. Are cell phones and computers allowed?

    Yes. Clients may have cell phones and computers and wifi is provided. If these items are found to be distracting and/or interfering in a client's progress, the clinical team will address this therapeutically.

  • 3. How often am I in group?

    Group therapy takes place daily from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Integrative Life Center on 16th Avenue South. Additionally, you will meet with your individual therapist and dietician weekly (or more frequently if needed). Appointments with the psychiatry staff are made as needed after the initial evaluation is completed.

  • 4. Can I have visitors?

    Yes, with approval from staff, visitors are allowed on Sunday afternoons.

  • 5. Can I go on pass with family or friends?

    Yes, with approval from staff, off site passes may be given.

  • 6. Can I have my car?

    Clients are typically not allowed to have cars during the first 30 days of treatment at Morning Star. After the first 30 days, staff may approve the use of a privately owned vehicle if progress reflects that less structure and more responsibility is indicated.

  • 7. Do clients attend recovery meetings while at Morning Star?

    Yes, recovery and other support meetings are scheduled in the evenings and weekends. Meetings may include 12 Step meetings such as Eating Disorders Anonymous, OA, AA/NA, Smart recovery meetings, Refuge Recovery Meetings, Celebrate Recovery, etc. You will have some input into the meetings you attend.

Villa House

A clinically supportive, self-directed program (12+ hours per week) in an independent living setting that provides an environment that is more similar to what clients would experience when at home. Staff are available for support but each client is responsible for creating the structure and daily routine needed to support her individual recovery. Clients are responsible for grocery shopping, purchasing their own groceries, preparing their own meals and maintaining gains made. All clients are attending IOP 9 -12 hours per week, are required to attend five (5) recovery support meetings during the week and participate in at least one community service activity.

  • No more than 8 clients are accepted at a time at Villa House, which enables staff to personalize treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each client.

  • The program requires a minimum length of stay of 6 weeks and often longer lengths of stay are necessary to resolve underlying problems and to stabilize the severe symptoms of an eating disorder. Since recovery is defined differently by each client, clients recover at their own pace and staff continually evaluate readiness for decreased structure and step-down.

  • To ensure medical stability and promote progress, weight stabilization is addressed individually. Meal plans are developed with a licensed dietitian clients meet weekly with the nutritionist for ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

Consulting physicians and psychiatrists are a part of the clinical team and work closely with ILC staff. Psychiatrist nurse practitioners are available weekly and as needed for evaluation and medication monitoring.