Eating Disorder Residential FAQ

What advantage does Focus Treatment Centers offer over other treatment centers?

Our eating disorder programs are founded on the work of world-renowned eating disorder expert, Dr. Anita Johnston. Due to her influence, we largely incorporate storytelling and metaphor into our clinical work and she supervisors our clinical staff overseeing each patient’s care. In addition to having the influence of Dr. Johnston’s work, we are one of the most, if not the most, affordable residential treatment center for eating disorders in the nation, and we offer intimate treatment with a low patient to staff ratio with whole person care embedded in our philosophy. We believe in treating the whole person (physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally). We offer yoga, mind/ body awareness, dance therapy, YMCA visits (for SUD unit), art therapy, nutritional therapy, and weekly outings funded by Focus (going to the movies, park, plays etc.) so that our patients can learn how to have fun again without their eating disorders.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we are contracted with many insurance companies such as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, United Behavioral Health (UBH) Cigna and Magellan. If your insurance company is not contracted with us, we may be able to make a single case agreement on your behalf.

Do I have to eat all the food on my plate?

The percentage of your meal you need to complete is decided between you and our dietitian. Our goal is that prior to leaving our program, you will have the opportunity to eat according to their own hunger and fullness.

What if I am vegetarian, have food allergies, or have food preferences?

Our registered dietician is empathetic and sensitive to each patient’s likes, dislikes, beliefs and fears around food. We are flexible in our menus and offer vegetarian options. And, while patients are not forced to eat any particular food, we do work diligently with you to determine what is a food preference versus eating disorder behaviors.

Are bathroom visits supervised?

Between the hours of 7am and 7pm as well as 30 minutes after evening snack bathroom breaks are supervised as this tends to be the hardest time for clients.

How do you handle weight gain and meal plans?

Within the first 72 hours of a patient admitting, our registered dietician utilizes a metabolic cart to best understand how a patient’s body is breaking down nutrients. Based on the results of this test, our dietician will work with you to develop a meal plan that fits your individualized needs. Not all of our patient’s need to gain weight, but if it is determined necessary, we use American Psychiatric Association guidelines of 2-3 pounds per week in most instances.

How long do people usually stay?

We have a minimum stay of 30 days, but most clients stay somewhere between 45- 90 days.

How many people are in a room?

There are two people to a room.

What is a typical day like?

A typical day begins with breakfast, our morning bell ritual, and meditation or yoga. After meditation, patients participate in Primary Group Therapy, followed by a specialized group such as moon stories or understanding ED, and then lunch. Following lunch, patients participate in Food and Feelings, body awareness or have scheduled time with their individual therapist or dietitian. Following dinner, patients typically participate in an outing to the hobby store or book store or have time for individual assignments, reading or art projects. Patient schedules are structured and busy; however, we also include adequate amounts of free time for visiting and connecting with one another as well as downtime for all over healing.

What is the average age of the clients?

The age range at Focus varies during any given time; however, we are licensed to accept 18 years old and older.

Will I be meeting with a psychiatrist?

Upon admission, each patient will have an initial meeting and evaluation with our psychiatrist. After the initial meeting, each patient will meet with our psychiatrist once a week or more depending on their needs.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are every Sunday from 1-3pm.

Do you offer treatment programs for family members?

Yes, we offer weekly family therapy with the patient’s individual therapist (included in treatment cost) along with a 3 ½ day intensive family weekend each month. The cost of the family program is $200. We also offer free family support groups. We believe family programming is essential to full recovery.