Eating Disorder Residential FAQ
What advantage does Focus Treatment Centers offer over other treatment centers?
Focus is a smaller treatment center compared to many other centers across the US, which offers more individualized care in a cozy, home-like setting. In addition, Focus specializes in both eating disorder treatment as well as substance use treatment. This means that for those women who have co-occurring issues with drugs and/or alcohol, Focus is an ideal fit for "dual diagnosis" treatment. This means that women can attend groups and programming on both the female eating disorder unit as well as the co-ed substance abuse unit during just one residential treatment stay.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, Focus is 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, so please reach out and we would be happy to explore that for you.
Do I have to eat all the food on my plate?
The percentage of the meal you need to complete at each meal and snack is a therapeutic decision between you and our Focus dietitian. Our goal is that prior to leaving our program, you will have the gained the tools and skills to honor your specific recovery needs at each stage of your journey.
What if I am vegetarian, have food allergies, or have food preferences?
The Focus Registered Dietitians are 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 each woman to curiously untangle food preferences from eating disorder behaviors.
Are bathroom visits supervised?
Yes, between the hours of 7am and 7pm as well as 30 minutes after evening snack bathroom use is supervised.
How do you Establish meal plans?
Within the first 72 hours of a patient admitting, our Registered Dietitians utilize a metabolic cart to best determine how a patient’s body is breaking down nutrients. Based on the results of this test, your dietitian will work with you to develop a meal plan that fits your individualized needs.
How long do people usually stay?
The clinically recommended stay in residential treatment 45- 90 days. At Focus, the minimum commitment is 30 days; however, this short of a stay rarely meets the clinical requirements for lasting recovery.
How many people are in a room?
At Focus, the residential rooms house two women each. Therefore, most women share their space with a roommate; however, when there is an odd number of women in the program, sometimes a woman will be in a room by herself for a short period of time until the next new woman admits to the program.
What is a typical day like?
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.
A typical day begins with breakfast, our all facility "morning bell" ritual and community meeting, followed by meditation or yoga. After meditation, patients participate in group therapy, followed by a specialized group such as "moon stories" or understanding ED, and then lunch. Following lunch, women participate in nutrition group, body awareness group, or have scheduled time with their individual therapist or dietitian. Following dinner, women typically participate in an outing to the hobby store or book store or have time for individual assignments, reading or art projects.
What is the average age at Focus?
The age range at Focus varies during any given time; however, we are licensed to accept women 18 years old and older for residential eating disorder treatment. On the other side of the building, our substance use treatment is co-ed, but also 18 years and older.
Will I be meeting with a psychiatrist?
Upon admission, each patient will have an initial meeting and evaluation with a Focus psychiatrist. After the initial meeting, each patient will meet with her psychiatrist once a week or more depending on her needs.
When are visiting hours?
Visiting hours are every Sunday from 1-3pm.
Do you offer treatment programs for family members?
At Focus, we believe that family involvement is essential to full recovery. For this reason, we offer weekly family therapy along with a 3 ½ day intensive family weekend each month and free family support groups.