A combination of challenge and choice, the Discovery hands-on dietary program replicates real life experiences to prepare for successful transitions and translation of the skills learned in treatment to the home environment. Individualized menu planning, hands-on kitchen skills, meal preparation, meal support and therapeutic family meals. Discovery's dietary philosophy is that “All Foods Fit” in balance, variety, and moderation. Treatment includes fun food challenges, restaurant challenges, grocery, and clothing shopping.
Discovery specializes in resolving the underlying and co-occurring conditions that contribute to eating disorders. All programs are informed by evidenced-based treatment of trauma, self-injury, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior (DBT), Distress Tolerance Skills and Practice, Mindfulness and Somatic Therapies, Body Positive Curriculum and Workshops, and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) based dietary program all provide a comprehensive treatment experience.
Individually tailored treatment plans target underlying factors contributing to the eating disorder, form a foundation for intuitive eating, and teach clients distress tolerance skills and self-regulation.
Clients explore vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness as it relates to their eating disorder and identify new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living.
We are committed to body positive principles in of all our programs. Our leaders and core staff have been trained by The Body Positive to facilitate a unique and powerful curriculum that teaches core principles that promote positive body image, increased self acceptance, and the development of a supportive and affirming community for recovery.
Data collected from over 2,000 Discovery clients and analyzed by the Feinstein Institute for Biomedical Research suggest that our clients not only improve during treatment but continue to make gains after discharge. Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program has presented its outcome data to the Academy for Eating Disorders, The Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine, and the Pediatric Academic Society.
Because we value the opportunity to provide truly individualized care we treat a maximum of six clients. Treatment takes place in comfortable homelike settings to increase client's sense of safety.
Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program is Joint Commission Accredited and State Licensed. The Joint Commission requested that Discovery participate in developing the standards for eating disorder treatment.
Anorexia nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is a complex eating disorder that affects millions of people each year in the United States and around the world. Anorexia is characterized by a preoccupation with body weight or shape and limiting food intake, resulting in unhealthy weight loss. It may also be accompanied by other behaviors such as throwing up or vomiting after meals, the use of substances like diet pills, or intense exercising. Though it often develops during teenage years or adolescence, anorexia does not discriminate between age, gender, race or class.
Bulimia nervosa, also referred to as bulimia, is a serious eating disorder that has potentially fatal medical and psychological consequences. It is characterized by repeated instances of eating significantly more food than what most people would eat in a short period of time, followed by one or more behaviors to attempt to compensate for the food eaten. These behaviors, also known as purging or compensatory behaviors, might include throwing up or vomiting, intense exercising, or the use of substances like diet pills or laxatives. Bulimia is associated with significant impairment in the individual's life and occurs, on average, once per week for at least three months.
Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 1.6% of adolescents. It is characterized by recurring instances of binge eating, which can be described as eating large amounts of food in a short period of time accompanied by a loss of control. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once per week for at least three months. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, people suffering with BED do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviors, such as throwing up or exercising intensely to counter the food eaten.
While Orthorexia is not officially recognized in the DSM-5, providers are seeing this more frequently in their practices and treatment centers. Because it is potentially a precursor to developing a full blown eating disorder, it is vital that therapists and dietitians know how to identify orthorexia. Orthorexia is a proposed distinct eating disorder characterized by extreme or excessive preoccupation with eating healthy food. The orthorexic client obsesses about healthy eating instead of obsessing about losing weight and being thin.
Compulsive overeating also known as food addiction is a term described by mental health professionals and eating disorder specialists for individuals who eat a large amount of food in a short period and feel “out of control” when it comes time to their eating habits. This intense urge to consume a large amount of food in a short period is triggered by underlying feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and control issues. Compulsive overeating is not considered an eating disorder per say and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V), but is rather a term used to describe an unhealthy eating behavior that can be described as comfort eating or a food addiction. Compulsive overeating affects both men and women of all ages as opposed to the majority of eating disorders which have a greater tendency to affect more women than men.
Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, or ARFID, is a new diagnosis added to the DSM -5 in the category of eating or feeding disturbance. ARFID is characterized by an apparent lack of interest in eating or food, avoidance based on the characteristics of food, concern about aversive consequences of eating, as manifested by persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional and or energy needs. There is often significant weight loss or failure to achieve expected weight gain, significant nutritional deficiency, dependence on enteral feeding or oral nutrition supplements, and marked psychosocial functioning.
At the Fairfield, CT eating disorder recovery center, clients are provided with 24-hour specialized care from a team of eating disorder experts, including a therapist, dietitian, medical doctor, nurses, and psychiatrist. Clients temporarily reside at our residential treatment center, where they can put life on hold and fully focus on healing emotionally and physically. From the moment you walk in the door, you will have a compassionate team by your side, supporting you daily and throughout your entire treatment experience.
At Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program – Fairfield, CT, our residential program is in a safe, comfortable and spacious home in a beautiful Fairfield, CT residential neighborhood. We treat a maximum of 6 clients at a time to maintain an intimate setting where residents can receive the attention and care they deserve.
Each day is structured with various therapeutic activities all aimed towards healing and recovery. Upon entering treatment, you will be assigned an eating disorder therapist who will meet with you regularly for individual and family therapy sessions. In addition, you will work closely with a registered dietitian to develop an individualized meal plan to meet your dietary needs. Mealtimes take place in a nurturing environment, and they are always supported by dietary staff and other members of our team. The rest of the day will include a variety of evidence-based treatments, specialized therapies, and carefully designed therapeutic challenges to facilitate self-discovery and assist you with achieving your personal treatment goals. Some of these include:
The length of residential treatment will vary from person to person and can depend on a variety of individual factors. Some of these factors can include:
Residential treatment helps clients acquire the skills needed to return home so they can continue to move forward in their recovery. Once you are ready to make the transition home you will leave with a comprehensive aftercare plan and on-going support in place so that the process of healing can continue.