We Are Diabetes offers a free referral service to any type 1 diabetic who is suffering from an eating disorder, or is struggling with the emotional impact of living with this difficult disease. We Are Diabetes has networked with treatment centers, doctors, therapists and counselors throughout the nation in order to help you find the most educated and empathetic healthcare professionals available. Please contact us at inf...@wearediabetes.org for more information.

Recovering from diabulimia is never easy. While it is already a challenge to recover from any type of eating disorder, type 1 diabetics suffering from diabulimia offer even more of a challenge for treatment facilities because the patient must be treated from both a traditional method focusing on therapy and self-acceptance and from a medical standpoint. A type 1 diabetic will always have to be very aware of food and its nutritional content and needs constant blood sugar level monitoring. In order for someone with type 1 diabetes to accept the help and recovery that a treatment center offers there must be a well trained and educated staff that not only have an understanding of someone suffering from an eating disorder but have an understanding of the hundreds of factors that a person with type 1 diabetes must consider when eating a meal or taking an insulin injection.

Not every treatment facility has the ability to treat a type 1 diabetic who is suffering from an eating disorder. Some centers may claim that they have had experience with diabetics, but claiming to have experince is not necessarily the same thing as providing all of the integral components needed for a successful recovery. Below are brief descriptions of the treatment facilities in the United States that offer a fully developed treatment track for type 1 diabetics suffering from an eating disorder. We Are Diabetes fully supports and recommends the following treatment centers. There are also other facilities that have had some experience in working with diabulimia and we have included links to those at the bottom of this page.

Park Nicollet Melrose Center

St. Louis Park, Minnesota -- Park Nicollet Melrose Center is a specialty center designed to give its patients the best in personalized eating disorder care. For over 25 years Park Nicollet has been a leader in offering personalized, family-based therapy and has helped many individuals deal with their eating problems. The Melrose Center offers inpatient living as well as multiple outpatient programs and partners with the St. Louis Park school system to help students continue their education during treatment. The Melrose Center collaborates with the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet for their specialized ED-DMT1 program to treat those who are struggling with the dual diagnosis of an eating disorder and type 1 diabetes.

Website: parknicollet.com
Phone: (952) 993-6200

Center for Hope of the Sierras

Reno, Nevada -- Recovery through Center for Hope of the Sierras involves educating residents about their bodies and their conditions so that they can learn to regulate the amount of sugar and carbohydrates they're consuming. The staff will help residents find the balance between appropriate insulin intake and, if necessary, slow, gradual weight restoration while closely monitoring the individual's progress. Residents will find a balanced, healthy weight they can be happy with, without feeling compelled to abuse insulin. Treatment includes: comprehensive medical management including nutrition education and rehabilitation, blood sugar monitoring and testing, insulin administration as well as a monitored exercise program. There is also individual, group and family therapy that addresses the food, weight, body image and interpersonal issues underlying an eating disorder, as well as the emotional factors that are interfering with responsible self-care for the treatment of diabetes.

Website: centerforhopeofthesierras.com
Phone: (866) 690-7242

Inner Door Center ®

Royal Oak, Michigan -- Inner Door Center's Reconnect with Food® program uniquely provides a balanced combination of traditional and holistic modalities for eating disorder recovery and related addictions for adults and mature teens. They also offer the opportunity for self-transformation and personal growth while working with eating disorders across the spectrum including anorexia, bulimia, diabulimia, orthorexia and binge eating disorder. Inner Door Center® provides a warm, inviting, and nurturing, non-hospital environment. This facility is available to patients from beginning to end of their treatment cycle, providing partial hospitalization (day) treatment, intensive outpatient and outpatient psychotherapy for eating disorders. This is in contrast to most eating disorder treatment programs, allowing for a progressive step down in therapy intervention. The staff at Inner Door Center® work closely, as a team, with each participant - along with their originating treatment team if referred from outside the facility - to communicate progress and suggestions for maximizing continued recovery.

Website: innerdoorcenter.com
Phone: (248) 336-2868

Eating Recovery Center

Denver, Colorado -- A licensed, Joint Commission-accredited behavioral hospital, Eating Recovery Center was founded by a team of leading experts whose goal was to fuse evidence-based findings and innovation to create a center of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders. This facility offers the full spectrum of eating disorders treatment services for female and male adults, adolescents and children, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient programs.

When it comes to lasting recovery for you, your loved one or your patient, the expertise of the treatment team is of critical importance. Eating Recovery Center brings together a team of compassionate experts with robust experience in assessment of and intervention for eating disorders that recognize that the true challenge to sustainable recovery occurs outside the treatment environment and following discharge. As a result, Eating Recovery Center's treatment philosophy is rooted in not only individualized assessment and clinical intervention for eating disorders, but also aftercare planning. The multidisciplinary treatment team collaborates with patients, families and outpatient professionals to develop a post-discharge plan of care that addresses each patient's distinctive medical, psychological and situational challenges to protect their recovery.

In addition to its comprehensive, Denver-based treatment programs offering the full spectrum of eating disorders care, Eating Recovery Center provides centers of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders across the country. Sacramento-based Eating Recovery Center of California offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno, and The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Step-Down Services in Bellevue, Washington.

Website: eatingrecoverycenter.com
Phone: (877) 825-8584

Eating Disorders Program at Brandywine Hospital

Coatesville, Pennsylvania -- Brandywine offers one of the most seasoned staffs available nationally. The program is headed by Michael Pertschuk, MD with over two decades of experience managing inpatient, residential and partial hospital treatment programs for eating disorders. Many members of the treatment team have over 10 years of eating disorders treatment experience.

Individuals with type 1 diabetes receive additional support from Brandywine's consulting board certified endocrinologist, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Being part of a hospital ensures round the clock nursing support and 24/7 access to physicians. Participants in the specialized diabetes treatment track receive complete medical management including nutrition education, blood sugar monitoring/testing instruction and a monitored exercise program. Individual, group and family therapy that addresses food, weight and body image is also part of the program. The usual length of stay for an individual on the unit is approximately two weeks and the program is covered by most commercial insurance plans, Medicare and some Medicaid plans.

Website: brandywineeatingdisorders.com
Phone: (877) 406-0431

Center for Change

Orem, Utah -- Center For Change offers many levels of care including Acute Inpatient Treatment, Inpatient Short-Term Stabilization, Residential Treatment, Day Programs (Partial Hospitalization / PHP), Independent Living (ILP), Evening Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) and Outpatient Treatment. They take specific measures to ensure the safety and progress of those who are suffering from type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder with 24 hr/day, 7 day/wk medical and dietary care. Ongoing communication and consultation occur on a weekly basis with outside medical providers, such as the patient's endocrinologist, to ensure that individualized care and treatment are provided for each patient and their unique circumstances. Dieticians at Center for Change use the Intuitive Eating approach.

Website: centerforchange.com
Phone: (888) 224-8250

Canopy Cove

Tallahassee, Florida -- Canopy Cove has 25 years of experience treating eating disorders and co-existing diabetes. The staff at Canopy Cove is very knowledgeable about type 1 diabetes; Dr. Lynda Brogdon, the Founder of Canopy Cove, originally started her career as a certified diabetes educator and expanded her practice two decades ago to include eating disorder treatment. Dr. Brogdon served as a psychological consultant for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and was instrumental in developing the psychosocial program utilized by both inpatient and outpatient units.

Canopy Cove offers three levels of care: Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient. This facility accepts adults and adolescents starting at 13 years of age. Clients younger than 13 are evaluated and accepted on a case by case basis.

Website: canopycove.com
Phone: (800) 236-7524

The Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents

New Kent, Virginia -- Cumberland's Chronic Illness program treats individuals starting at age two all the way up to twenty-two. The ultimate goal of this program is for the patient to learn effective strategies to integrate successful management of their disease into their daily life. This program offers a wide variety of therapies and activities designed to meet the individual needs of each patient's medical, social and emotional health. After a patient's initial evaluation, the clinical staff develops a Master Treatment Plan that takes into account the patient's unique, specialized needs. The length-of-stay at Cumberland varies according to the diagnosis and the individual's needs. Consulting specialists collaborate with the primary physician at Cumberland and provide input to the treatment plan. On-site specialists include an endocrinologist, physiatrist and psychiatrist. Patients with ED-DMT1 participate in a specially designed Diabetes program at Cumberland, which has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education.

Website: cumberlandhospital.com
Phone: (800) 368-3472

Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders

Wickenburg, Arizona -- Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders is a fully accredited and licensed inpatient behavioral health facility located in Arizona. This center's programs provide comprehensive care for all stages of recovery from eating disorders, co-occurring addictions, and mood/psychiatric disorders. They specialize in co-occurring disorders, with additional focus on addiction and trauma.

Rosewood treats men, women, and adolescents, and is experienced in treating ED-DMT1. There is a full time CDE on staff to work with diabetic patients, and the rest of the staff are capable of working with medically compromised individuals. Levels of care include Inpatient, Residential, PHP with onsite housing, and IOP. Rosewood is a preferred provider with Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Value Options, First Health Network, Multiplan, and many more.

Website: rosewoodranch.com
Phone: (800) 845-2211

Below is a list of other treatment centers with diabulimia experience.

We Are Diabetes is currently working with a number of treatment facilities across the country to help them develop programs that will offer the necessary care for type 1 diabetics. If you are a healthcare professional or represent a treatment center and are interested in collaborating with our efforts to provide effective and accessible care to those who suffer from diabulimia, please contact us at inf...@wearediabetes.org.


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