Eating disorder recovery is not a simple task. Engaging in an intensive outpatient program like the one at Crossroads Maine can support women and help them recover through their recovery. Our ladies build life skills and essential coping methods to create a healthy, happy lifestyle. We use gender-responsive models because women do not always have the same struggles as men do. At our treatment program, they can engage in a program that fits their unique needs. They will also have counseling with women, which creates a safer and more comfortable environment where they can focus on restoration. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health concerns are rising, as are relapses for both addictions and eating disorders. Reach out to our caring and professional team by calling 877.978.1667 to learn more about treatment options.
What Is an Eating Disorder IOP?
Eating disorder treatment offers several different levels of care. The most intense treatment is residential treatment. A partial hospitalization program or PHP involves spending the day in treatment and then going home in the evening to spend the night. The next lowest level of care is intensive outpatient treatment, known as IOP.
What Happens in an IOP?
A typical IOP program can run between three to five days a week for three to five hours per day. The IOP program utilizes therapeutic groups, meals, and nutrition education. In addition, you may meet with the therapist and nutritionist weekly for individual sessions. There may also be a doctor or a medical expert involved. However, often these professionals are outside providers and not part of the IOP program.
Crossroads Maine provides an intensive outpatient treatment program for eating disorders as well as our residential treatment program. Our outpatient treatment center is ideal for medically stable women who still require clinical support and structure. Our groups meet Monday through Friday for three hours per day. During this time, you’ll also work closely with master-level clinicians and dietitians.
What Does Treatment in an IOP Include?
This level of treatment provides women with the support they need to manage eating disorders in a structured manner. They engage in treatment methods, such as:
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Holistic treatments
While in our treatment program, they build relationships with other women in the program. They can explore any obstacles they’re facing and celebrate achievements.
To help women build a healthy relationship with food and restore their confidence, we ask them to prepare and bring their lunch to eat with the group. The clinician and dietician will review their meal and ensure that it aligns with their individual needs and meal plan, and they eat together and discuss ongoing recovery strategies.
Is an IOP Right for You?
An IOP consists of a group of individuals in their recovery. Group members are often able to work with each other, and they may have experienced or been at similar stages of life. They also provide additional support and guidance to each other. The support and structure of an IOP often help to prevent people from needing a high level of care.
You can use the following guidelines when considering if an IOP is right for you:
- Symptoms and challenges related to eating disorders are having an impact on the person’s life
- The individual can learn how to manage and cope with their illness
- Additional medical or mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, substance use, if present, can be safely managed at this level of care
- The individual is not at imminent risk of serious harm to self or others
- The family and individual are able to comply with the requirements of the program
If you believe this treatment is right for you, reach out to Crossroads Maine today and complete our convenient, secure online insurance verification form.
Contact Crossroads Maine
Before any outpatient treatment can begin, it is important to understand the unique concerns each woman is experiencing. Women will meet on their own with a licensed counselor as part of the IOP. The counselor has specific training and expertise in the areas of eating disorders and other mental health conditions. As a client, you will work closely with your counselor to create a unique regimen to address your goals for treatment. The goal is to target the problems that can impede recovery efforts and find ways to live a healthier life. Contact our treatment team today at 877.978.1667.