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The Benefits of Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

written by: LotusSnow • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 2/8/2011

Binge eating disorder can seem completely overwhelming to those struggling with its existence in their lives. Individuals who suffer from this disorder use food to cope with stress and other negative emotions. The good news is this disorder is treatable.

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    Binge eating is often described as an inability to control eating for a period of time resulting in negative consequences. People who suffer from binge eating disorder often experience problems, which can range from medical to psychological, sometimes even financial. More often then not, their relationships are affected, too.

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    Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

    The most effective type of binge eating treatment is residential treatment. This is where binge eating disorder treatment centers are crucial in helping the individual recover. There are many benefits to these treatment centers. Individuals who suffer from BED tend to binge on foods high in refined flour and sugar. The treatment plan offered by these centers often includes detox as their first step. During detoxification, which means a discontinuing of their binge foods, patients will experience mood swings. In the binge eating disorder treatment centers, physicians are available to prescribe detox medications to help alleviate the symptoms of those who are experiencing extreme discomfort during this process.

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    What Do Binge Eating Disorders Treatment Centers Do, and How Can They Help?

    After the detoxification process is complete, the patient will receive nutritional counseling from a nutritionist. The patient and the nutritionist will design a food plan where the main goal is to restore and maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

    Having implemented the food plan, the patient will begin to participate in a variety of the following activities, which will focus on the root causes of their binge eating. Some examples of therapy and activities provided by these treatment centers:-

    Behavioral Therapy, this form of therapy teaches the patient how to substitute other behaviors for binge eating. The patient is helped by a therapist to recognize their triggers, and also learn news ways of dealing with their unhealthy reactions.

    Relaxation. Body relaxation is also taught to the patient to help them relieve stress and anxiety. The binge eating disorder treatment centers may offer different forms of relaxation activities such as yoga, massage, meditation, tai chi, or aromatherapy.

    In the centers, they also offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where the focus lies on the relationship between food and the patient. A therapist will help the patient be more aware of their thoughts, unhealthy habits and work on their self-esteem.

    Relationship Building or Couples Therapy, Family Therapy. This therapy has numerous benefits. Couples or family members of the patient are taught better communication skills, possible triggers for binges and also the different ways in which to support the patient who is struggling with binge eating disorder.

    Exercise. Centers may offer exercise programs to relieve stress in the patient. Patients who suffer from binge eating disorder can reduce their binge eating episodes through exercise because exercise relieves the stress, which often induce these episodes.

    Group Therapy. This form of therapy can be very beneficial to eliminate the feeling of loneliness experiences by the patient. In group therapy the patient will realize that they are not alone and there are people with whom they are able to discuss what they are going through. These patients in group therapy also provide support for one another as they seek recovery.

    In conclusion, although there are many binge eating disorder treatment centers available, it is encouraged that individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder, also seek self-help via self-help video or books, or even by calling a hotline for support. These positive steps can prove helpful when accompanied by therapy.