Eating Disorders Treatment Program

Anorexia and Bulimia Treatment Program

One in two people know someone who has, or has had, an eating disorder. These devastating mental illnesses impact not only individuals, but their families too. Our programs help patients and their and families feel empowered and supported with their eating disorders as they begin rebuilding their lives. As with many other disorders, early intervention saves lives; the sooner a person with an eating disorder receives help, the better his or her chances of recovery

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders require skilled, specialized treatment. The Eating Disorders Program at Bellwood Health Services takes an intreprofessional approach that includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to help individuals with eating disorders address a wide variety of symptoms and behaviours.

To address the whole patient, Bellwood’s Eating Disorder Programs offer concurrent eating disorder treatment for anorexia and bulimia concurrently with addiction and mental health treatment, as needed. Since each patient is different, program duration can vary according to individual needs. 

Concurrent Eating Disorder Residential Program

Studies show that individuals with eating disorders often struggle with substance use disorders and other mental illnesses, such as depression. In such cases, a concurrent eating disorder and addiction treatment program may be required to help the patient recover. Bellwood offers evidence-based programs for eating disorders that are designed to interrupt eating disorder behaviours, improve willingness to address disordered eating, and provide skills that support change. Our residential Eating Disorders Program includes eating disorder processing groups, dietary and nutritional support, medical management of other conditions and complications, and a family program developed by Bellwood’s Executive Director Terri Marques, who is a pioneer in the field. 

It is common for patients struggling with an eating disorder and concurrent mental health disorders or addiction to be treated for each disorder individually. At EHN Canada, we understand that the way in which these illnesses interact warrants treatment of the patient as a whole.

“When you fix either the addiction or the eating disorder, the other can suddenly get more activated. At Bellwood, we want to do both, attacking both issues at the same time,” explains Terri Marques, Executive Director of Bellwood Health Services.

Our program is one of the few in Canada to treat both eating disorders and co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse and trauma together. With evidence-based methodology and a staff of experienced and compassionate clinicians, we help those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa to recover in an immersive, inclusive, and healing environment.

Meal Support at Edgewood

Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. offers meal support for those with substance use disorder to help ensure they get adequate nutrition during their treatment. Please call Edgewood at 1-800-683-0111 for more information.

Further Reading

Read our article “What Are Eating Disorders?” to learn more about eating disorders.

Safety precautions against COVID-19

COVID-19 should not prevent someone from being able to receive life-saving addiction and mental health treatment. Rest assured that we are taking every step possible to protect our current patient population from contracting the infection.

Our facilities have policies and protocols in place to protect patients, including screening new patients, limiting visitors, and moving aftercare groups to online meetings.

Continue to our action plan to see what we are doing to protect our patients from COVID-19.