Binge Eating Recovery Program

The Bridge Program is an optional add-on program that provides treatment for men and women (18 and older) who struggle with the dual problems of excess weight and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) or significant issues with emotional or compulsive overeating. Our approach is designed to address both individuals’ need to restore their body to a healthy, comfortable weight while helping them address the disordered behaviors, beliefs, and related emotional and social difficulties that co-occur with binge eating.

Our specialized program offers an integrated treatment experience for individuals whose needs are not adequately addressed with traditional eating disorder treatment or standard weight management programs alone. The Bridge Program is comprised of four distinct weeks of programming to develop both the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome binge eating or emotional overeating. We blend professionally-guided behavioral weight management with evidence-based psychological treatment for Binge Eating Disorder and emotional overeating to:

  • Ensure that weight reduction is achieved in a manner that preserves physical and psychological health and well-being
  • Simultaneously address issues around self-worth and perfectionism, body image disturbance, relationship management, handling emotions, and working through past trauma
  • Help participants find a balance of regulated yet flexible eating patterns

The evidence-based psychological approaches used in Bridge activities include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based therapies (including Mindful Eating and Appetite Awareness Training).

The Bridge Program includes:

  • All meals, individual assessments and appointments, behavioral, nutrition, & health classes, support groups, and fitness opportunities that are part of the general treatment program
  • Individual guidance from treatment staff to determine appropriate nutrition and fitness plans
  • Extra 1:1 support from a therapist each week to address challenges, set goals, and apply Bridge Program concepts and skills
  • Specialized Bridge-only classes each week, conducted in small groups for greater discussion and individual application. Topics include:
    • Decreasing perfectionism and maladaptive thought patterns
    • Breaking unhealthy binge/restriction cycles
    • Urge management
    • Relapse prevention and recovery
    • Reconnecting with internal cues
    • Healthy, sustainable, non-disordered strategies for managing weight
  • Introductory Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills (Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance) to develop and strengthen effective coping techniques
  • Experiential and exposure-based activities to help individuals work with triggers involving food, body/body image, and emotions. These classes include:
    • Confronting trigger/”forbidden” foods
    • Connecting with body through functional movement
    • Recognizing and reducing overvaluation of weight and shape
    • Yoga for managing emotions

 

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