By Vicki Berkus M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Remuda Ranch Medical Advisor

When they first begin treatment, patients often struggle and insist on “doing treatment their way.” I tell my patients’ families that they can typically expect a phone call after two or three days, during which they are likely to hear, “Get me out of here! They don’t understand me!”

To gain some insight into what a patient’s experience was like I went undercover and entered a treatment program as a patient struggling with laxative abuse. I packed my suitcase, hid laxatives in my hair and in the handle of my suitcase and walked through the front door.

By Vicki Berkus M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Remuda Ranch Medical Advisor

People who are struggling with their eating disorders (ED) and refusing to cooperate in treatment often need rewards they can work toward. Being in treatment would be hard for anyone; but, it’s especially hard for adolescents and for those who don’t yet have coping skills or a mind that’s fed well enough to fully function.

An expanded interview with Michael Phelps recently aired on NBC’s Dateline: on Assignment.

By Vicki Berkus M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Remuda Ranch Medical Advisor

I have learned that I will not win a “battle of wills” against a patient with an eating disorder.

They have perfected setting rules for themselves and the last thing I want to do is give them more rules. I also don’t expect a new patient to immediately trust me; I know that I need to earn the trust. If a patient refuses to talk about their eating disorder or refuses to tell me what they would be willing eat, I start by finding a way to get them to just talk—about anything.

By Aleah Johnson, The Meadows Alumni Coordinator

What if I were to tell you that all aspects of your past would be used as an asset? Would you believe it or would you instantly regret and want to change it?

I have a love/hate relationship with the word "acceptance." As a stubborn addict, I am not supposed to agree with everything, right?

Friday, 29 April 2016 16:02

Models for Treating Eating Disorders

By Vicki Berkus M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Remuda Ranch Medical Advisor

Over the years, there have been many theories proposed to try to explain the causes of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED). They include the social model, the learned model, the moral model, and the disease model, which is the one that we use at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows.

By Vicki Berkus, MD, Medical Services Advisor

The hardest part of having a child or family member with an eating disorder is the longevity of the disease. Dads especially are used to going in and “fixing” problems; but, when it comes to eating disorders, it is not that simple.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:19

Wings of Hope: Free Flight to Remuda Ranch

For women and girls struggling with an eating disorder, recovery is often a long and difficult journey. In many cases seeking treatment is not only a difficult decision but also a financial burden.

We want to help recovery take wings, so we're offering to cover airfare for individuals admitting to inpatient treatment at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows between now and May 31.

Making the decision to send your adolescent daughter to an inpatient treatment center for an eating disorder may be one of the scariest and most difficult things you ever do as a parent. However, given the seriousness of eating disorders — anorexia, for example, has the highest death rate of all mental illnesses — it is important that you do insist that she get the treatment she needs. As a parent, your influence is more powerful than you may think.

The Paleo Diet, Clean Eating, The Whole30, The Raw Food Diet… Everywhere we turn there’s a new diet philosophy touted as “the answer” to living a healthier, happier life. Each of these diets typically promises not only weight loss but also disease prevention and overall better health.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with eating healthy foods; but, if a person becomes fixated on a need to eat only what they consider the healthiest and most “pure” foods they could be suffering from an eating disorder called Orthorexia.

Our staff have an expert understanding in both in-network and out-of-network benefits:

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