Philsophy of the Program
Avalon Hills treatment center's philosophy has, at its core, a belief in the human capacity to grow. We understand the complex and individualized nature of eating disorder syndromes, underscoring the need for thorough assessment and flexibility in treatment approaches. Further, we know that changes can only occur one step at a time. Thus our treatment follows a stage-based readiness model of change. The program is comprised of three cornerstones for positive change: new information, new insights, and new experiences.
It has been said that eating disorders are "a misuse of the eating function to deal with problems in living" (Hilde Bruch, 1980). We approach the treatment of eating disorders in a holistic and scientific manner, utilizing every tool at our disposal to facilitate a healthy and sane lifestyle. Restoration to and maintenance of a healthy body is crucial to overcoming an eating disorder. The brain, which guides our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, is functionally affected by the consequences of disordered eating. Clients will learn to manage their eating in non-compulsive, normalized ways, and develop a healthy, positive relationship to food and physical activity. As crucial as the physical body is to a healthy balanced life, there are other significant treatment aspects as well. In treatment, clients will learn to deal with difficult emotions and self-destructive urges. They will gain insights, more positive thinking styles, skills for coping effectively with stress, and an appreciation for the development of the human spirit.
Furthermore, we believe that new experiences are what tie all of these new ideas and behaviors together. This is where we are truly unique among treatment programs. The combination of expressive therapies, a variety of therapeutic animals and animal activities, and the therapeutic use of outdoor experiences and challenges provide significant opportunities for discovery and growth. If you agree with our philosophy feel free to contact us to discuss options at our residential eating disorder center.