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BINGE EATING AND FOOD ADDICTION PROGRAM

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) | Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) | Outpatient Program | Pathway House

Obesity is a primary public health concern in all parts of the world and has now become the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The addiction model has long been applied to "overeaters" through programs such as Overeaters Anonymous and, more recently, science is finding increasing support for the discovery that food can be addictive for a sizeable percentage of the human population. An addiction-based approach to recovery from an unhealthy relationship with food is the cornerstone of our treatment and we believe that our clients will greatly benefit from a treatment milieu (and community) that will address their issues from this perspective.

The Source has crafted a comprehensive treatment milieu that offers clients the ability to receive that treatment with those that are dealing with the same issues.  Most treatment available today requires the obese individual to be treated in the same milieu as anorexics and bulimics, thereby increasing shame and isolation for the obese client. The Source was created to both alleviate the shame that occurs with lumping people with very different issues together in treatment, as well as offer a treatment that has been proven to work.  Many of the staff at The Source have lost and kept off their weight for as long as twenty-five years.

For a large percentage of the obese population, an unhealthy addictive relationship with food impacts their ability to optimally cope with and navigate the challenges of life. Food is used as the one consistent they can count on.  A few common ways food can be used: to move through stress, to deal with past traumas, to celebrate success, to mourn loss, to avoid the pain of loneliness and low self worth, to cope with rejection, to gain confidence, to pass time, to tolerate social events, and to traverse an endless number of life experiences - both positive and negative.  We believe that food is used to self-medicate as our clients’ primary means to cope with any situation- good or bad, big or small, minor or major.  Unfortunately, it only leads to momentary relief, while the challenge to be experienced and dealt with remains untouched.  This is true of all addictive processes.  We are here to give you the support to break this cycle of self-injurious behavior.  Our goal is to support individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder, food addiction, and associated weight issues by giving them the tools necessary to lead a balanced life.

We draw from evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral treatment, motivational interviewing, and the transtheoretical model.  We are a 12-step based model that also incorporates a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, psychiatrists, registered dieticians, and highly trained licensed psychologists and clinicians to address the underlying psychological and relational issues that lie at the root of the problem.

One important distinction needs to be made clear. We do not believe in launching clients into a rapid weight loss that is both unhealthy and unsustainable.  Rather, our aim is to provide our clients with a new foundation and set of tools that they can implement to arrest the addiction and the accompanying suffering that results from their relationship with food.  The weight will fall off naturally as a result of this treatment and life process. We are aware that developing an improved relationship with food is not an overnight matter, just as the addiction itself did not manifest itself overnight.  Our clients will steadily build a durable and healthy plan of eating. Those who graduate and actively pursue our program will be able to report that whatever issues or struggles they experience in the course of their life, food addiction will no longer be in control.

We believe that those suffering from an addictive process have a strong tendency to isolate and maintain secrecy.  We offer a safe and supportive community of clients and professionals that help individuals to gather the strength and courage to confront their challenges.

Our programs range from Partial Hospitalization/Day-patient (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), as well as Outpatient Program (OP), and we plan, in the near future, to offer support 24/7 at Pathway House, a structured living environment.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP):

The program begins with an orientation phase that includes a tour of the treatment center and completion of a comprehensive assessment.  Upon completion of the orientation phase, the client enters treatment in one of the following levels of care:

Our PHP is offered in four-week increments where individuals participate in a wide array of individual and group treatments and is offered from 10 – 5 pm, Monday through Friday (family therapy work may be conducted in the evening or on Saturday).

Treatment includes:

• A comprehensive assessment

• Four groups daily

• We offer a wide array of groups that are intended to give the client a supportive and interesting variety of tools to combat their challenging issues.  Groups include - but are not limited to - process groups, daily check-in, mindful-eating, inspirational speaker, family dynamics, spirituality, outings to markets and restaurants, psycho-education, medication and medical education, body image, movement, yoga, meditation, stress reduction, art therapy, music therapy, and nutritional education

• Twice weekly individual psychotherapy

• Family therapy is offered bi-weekly (an individual family session once per month and a multi-family session once per month)

• Daily delicious and nutritious lunch meals are provided, as well as snacks that meet the needs of all individual food plans

• Individual nutritional session with a registered dietician, as well as once a week individual sessions are included

• Individual neurofeedback sessions three times weekly

• Clients will be paired in a buddy system in order to provide support for one another.  In addition we offer a social support network online that is accessible to our clients

 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP):

The IOP is offered for three hours per day, four days a week (Monday through Thursday), in four-week increments where individuals participate in a wide array of individual and group treatments (family therapy work may be conducted in the evening or on Saturday).

Treatment includes:

• A comprehensive assessment

• Two groups daily

• We offer a wide array of groups that are intended to give the client a supportive and interesting variety of tools to combat their challenging issues.  These groups mirror the offerings in PHP

• One weekly individual psychotherapy session

• Family therapy will be offered as a multi-family group session bi-weekly

• An individual nutritional session with a registered dietician, as well as bi-weekly individual sessions are included

• Clients will be paired in a buddy system in order to support one another.  In addition we offer a social support network online that is accessible to our clients

 

Outpatient Program (OP):

This is an a la carte program that allows clients to choose groups of interest for their treatment experience. To enter the OP, clients generally have completed a higher level of care (i.e. PHP or IOP) and must commit to a minimum of three groups weekly plus one individual psychotherapy session for the first four weeks of treatment.  As treatment progresses, treatment can eventually be reduced to a minimum of one individual session per week, depending on the achievement of individual goals and treatment team recommendations.

Treatment includes:

• A comprehensive assessment

• Selection of a set menu of groups to be determined by client and therapist

• Individual therapy one time per week

Ancillary services are available for all programs at an additional per session cost and include: acupuncture, massage, meditation, hypnotherapy, neurofeedback, and private training, as well as additional individual sessions of psychotherapy, family therapy, and dietician services (can be arranged at time of admission or at anytime thereafter).

Pathway House:

We will soon be opening a supportive living component for individuals who would benefit from the highest level of accountability and structure. Pathway House is an exciting service that will allow clients to reside, with peers, in a well appointed home setting in an upscale neighborhood near the treatment facility, while attending the PHP, IOP or OP. This option is meant for those who want to attend our program but do not live in the greater Los Angeles area as well as those who feel that they are not yet ready to independently incorporate the new learning when at home. The ability to admit that one needs to seek additional support in changing one’s life is a powerful establishment of change.

Clients will be living in a structured and caring milieu with others who will be given the tools to succeed. Our home will be staffed with recovery advisers who will help support the client to reach their individual treatment goals when the client is not at the treatment facility. Pathway House will also offer delicious and nutritious meals three times daily as well as numerous snacks, transportation to all treatment related appointments, attendance at five community meetings per week, recreational activities, and weekend outings. Residents will adhere to daily schedules that allow for accountability and support as they pursue recovery.

Aftercare
While primary treatment is typically the focus of most individuals looking to get the help they need, at The Source we know that the best treatment takes place over time and in multiple stages.  Once a client is stabilized in treatment, it is essential that an effective aftercare program be planned so that the gains made during the initial phase of treatment can be maintained and augmented.  Every client at The Source will be given a well thought out aftercare plan that is completely individualized.

Options such as outpatient treatment, support groups, medication management, medical follow-up, individual psychotherapy, and many others will be considered. Recommendations will be made, depending on where the client lives and what services are available in their area.  All aftercare options are created via a multidisciplinary team approach so that you, the client, are assured of the best recommendations possible.

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