Many women in the United States struggle with their mental health, eating disorders, addiction, or a combination of all. However, only a fraction of them will seek the treatment they need. This disparity may be due to feeling uncomfortable enrolling in a treatment program that is predominantly male or an inability to take time away from work and family obligations. Fortunately, more eating disorder and addiction treatment programs are now available to accommodate these needs and encourage more women to get help.
To provide women with the intensive support they need while maintaining their flexibility to be home with their families each evening, Crossroads offers a women’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) for clients needing treatment for eating disorders. We work to provide a high level of clinical support that other treatment centers aren’t able to provide. For instance, our medical director, who is a triple board certified addiction psychiatrist, is taking a direct hand in the day-to-day of this program. This high level of support can be instrumental in facilitating long-term recovery. Give us a call today at 877.978.1667 to learn more.
In general, we recommend that the women we treat enroll in one of our residential treatment programs before entering one of our outpatient programs. However, we recognize that this isn’t always feasible. Because residential treatment requires that you live in our treatment center around the clock, many women are unable to completely remove themselves from their responsibilities at home or their job. Whatever the reason, in cases where residential treatment is not an option, our partial hospitalization program may be the right choice for you.
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) bridges the gap between residential treatment and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). Perhaps you have graduated from a residential program but feel the need for a high level of support to keep you on your path to recovery. An IOP with sessions that last for a few hours on weekdays may not provide you with enough support at this time. That is where a partial hospitalization program comes in.
During a partial hospitalization program, you will attend treatment five days a week. During the first half of the day, you’ll spend time with people who are also being treated for eating disorders. In the afternoon, our clients join together with the substance use group to complete the day’s clinical work. Once the day’s work is complete, clients will return to their homes or a local recovery residence.
Our PHP offers more clinical support than many other treatment programs can provide. However, we also provide a range of other supportive options. For instance, to help you stick with your recovery goals, our PHP will supply you with:
- Intensive recovery support that takes place five days a week for full-day sessions
- Multiple therapy sessions throughout the week to help you address any difficulties that come up, such as triggers and eating disorder behaviors
- A highly trained, knowledgable treatment team with plenty of experience treating both eating disorders and substance use disorders—not only is our medical director involved in treatment, but you’ll have the support of nurses, master’s level clinicians, and a dietitian
- A unique treatment model: clients in our eating disorder programs and our substance use programs are kept separate in the morning but come together in the afternoon
- Meal support throughout the day
As you progress in your recovery and gain the skills you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to gradually scale back the time you spend in the treatment center. You could then transition to an intensive outpatient program (IOP). You may still visit the center often but for shorter sessions.
Women make up a small proportion of the population in most mental health and addiction treatment centers. This is not because they experience these conditions at a lower rate but instead because of other factors like:
- Fear of being away from, not having care for, or losing custody of children
- Fear of losing their romantic partner
- Concern about the stigma of admitting to their eating disorders
- Concern about receiving treatment with males (especially if trauma is present)
- Safety of surroundings and physical location of treatment center
When you choose a women’s PHP for eating disorders and mental health, you are getting a program that we’ve designed specifically for your needs. Gender-responsive treatment can be more effective since it considers the different ways in which men and women experience the condition they’re battling and recovery.
A women’s PHP will consider your family obligations and assist with convenient scheduling, transportation, and support. You can also expect a softer, gentler treatment approach in a welcoming setting where you can feel safe to open up about your struggles.
A significant part of staying on your recovery journey is finding the right eating disorder program. Your needs may change as you progress. Our women’s partial hospitalization program may be the perfect fit after residential treatment. Call Crossroads today at 877.978.1667 to begin healing with our unique women’s PHP.