Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Within Eating Recovery Center’s step-down model of care, the Residential eating disorder treatment program offers medically stable patients a highly-structured and supportive 24-hour treatment environment.

Residential Program

Our Residential eating disorder treatment program is designed for patients that need 24-hour support but no longer require the same intensity of medical support and stabilization of our Inpatient programming. This program offers round-the-clock observation and support, as well as daytime medical and psychiatric supervision.

A structured schedule incorporates groups, community meetings and individual therapy to model a recovery-based daily structure to help patients overcome destructive routines, rules and behaviors. The treatment program also focuses on the factors maintaining patients' eating disorders, recovery skills, and relapse prevention.

A number of evidence-based clinical interventions are employed in the Residential program to enhance behavioral change including:

Experiential therapies including art, psychodrama, mindfulness, movement and yoga are also part of our program.

Adult patients and eating disorder treatment teams are able to test recovery in real-world situations, including meal and activity outings as well as day and weekend passes, to identify recovery challenges and determine readiness for entry into a lower level of care with more autonomy.

Our adult Residential programs are based in Colorado (in Downtown Denver and the Lowry neighborhood), Washington, Texas and Chicago.

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program for Children and Teenagers

Our Residential program is designed for patients that need 24-hour support, but no longer require the same intensity of medical support and stabilization of Inpatient eating disorder treatment. The Residential eating disorder treatment program offers round-the-clock observation and support, as well as daytime medical and psychiatric supervision. Each child/adolescent patient is assigned a Primary Clinician who works intensely with both the patient and their family.

A structured schedule incorporates groups, community meetings and individual therapy to model a recovery-based daily structure to help patients overcome destructive routines, rules and behaviors. Supervised activity and meal outings, as well as passes for spending time with family, are available to help young patients test their recovery in real-life settings, and assist the treatment team in identifying the skills that need additional development prior to stepping down to a lower level of care.

View a Child & Adolescent Program Sample Schedule.

Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders

Eating Recovery Center maintains a strong family-centered approach to child and adolescent eating disorder treatment that recognizes the critical role parents and loved ones play in the child’s sustained recovery. Our family-centered approach is rooted in the tenets of Family-Based Treatment (FBT), a therapeutic framework in which parents are empowered to become agents of change for their young loved ones and help them sustain recovery into the future.

Family-Based Treatment educates parents and families about eating disorders and enables them to manage the weight restoration and re-feeding processes until the child can assume responsibility for these tasks (when developmentally appropriate).

In addition to regularly scheduled family therapy, parents eat supported meals with their children and work closely with Registered Dietitians to understand fundamentals of nutrition, food portioning and food plating. Families are also encouraged to attend our monthly Family Days program, a free educational program emphasizing eating disorder education and development of skills to support the adolescent’s recovery, and participate in parent support and education groups.​

Residential Program Facilities