Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Center | Alsana
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Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Birmingham, Alabama

Alsana: An Eating Recovery Community is accredited by The Joint Commission to treat adolescents with a primary eating disorder diagnosis at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.  We serve clients ages 13-18 in a gender diverse, inclusive environment. We want to share information about our program philosophy, treatment team, treatment modalities, family involvement, levels of care, and educational support with you.

 

Program Philosophy

Having a child with an eating disorder is daunting and it’s easy to feel hopeless about their recovery. Yet when clients receive early, holistic, and developmentally appropriate care, full recovery from an eating disorder is not only possible—it’s probable.  Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model addresses five integral dimensions of recovery: therapy, nutrition, medicine, movement, and relationships. Treatment interventions are evidence-based and are integrated into individualized, adaptive care plans. We’ll help you and your teen understand the underlying and maintaining aspects of the eating disorder and prepare them to transition from Alsana to life outside of treatment.

 

Treatment Team

Alsana’s multi-disciplinary adolescent treatment team consists of dietitians, therapists, nurses, program directors, direct care staff, and psychiatrists. Our clinical team has experience and specialized training in adolescent eating disorder treatment.

 

Treatment Modalities

In addition to evidence-based treatments, such as family-based treatment (FBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), our programming includes equine therapy, service projects, yoga and dance groups, and recreation therapy. Our program is primarily expressive, experiential, and exposure-based.

 

Expressive

Expressive therapies, including art, music, dance/movement, and psychodrama therapy foster development and healing in adolescents.  Your child will explore their identities, worldviews, psychological schemas, and bodies, all while learning to appreciate the creative process more than the outcome of the activity.

Exposure-based

Exposure therapy is an evidence-based anxiety treatment modality.  In our program, clients are safely exposed to feared experiences and foods. In addition to individually designed exposure challenges, your teen will practice eating “typical school lunches” and eating at common family and adolescent-friendly restaurants. Similarly, our program exposes clients to commonly feared social experiences, such as shopping, playing games and sports, cooking with others, and volunteering.

Experiential

Hands-on, experiential therapies allow your child to explore thoughts and feelings around esteem, achievement, disappointment, and responsibility. In doing so, they learn to express and release lingering feelings of anger, pain, and shame. Some of our experiential program offerings include recreation therapy, animal-assisted therapy, meditation and guided imagery, and expressive group therapy. Your teen will also practice leadership and life skills.

Educational

One of our program’s top priorities is to empower family members to support their loved one’s recovery. Using Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and elements of Family-Based Treatment, we’ll teach you how to interrupt eating disorder symptoms, help your loved one process emotions, and repair past relational injuries.

 

Family Involvement

We offer weekly family therapy sessions, staff-supported family meals, and family education and support groups. Our family program combines elements of Emotional Focused Family Therapy and Family-Based Treatment.  As family members, you are powerful agents of healing and will always be included in the treatment planning process.

 

Levels of Care

Partial hospitalization is appropriate for your teen if they are medically stable and in need of significant, structured treatment most days to support or sustain recovery.  Each week, clients in PHP participate in:

  • 5-6 days of programming/6-11.5 hours each day
  • 2 individual therapy sessions and 1 family therapy session/supported family meal
  • 1 nutritional counseling session
  • Up to 4 therapy groups/day
  • 1 psychiatry (or physician extender) session and nursing check-ins
  • Weekly family education and coaching groups

Intensive outpatient is appropriate for your teen if they are medically stable and in need of more structure than outpatient treatment provides to support/sustain recovery.  Each week, clients in IOP participate in:

  • 3-6 days of programming/3-5 hours each day
  • 1 individual therapy session and 1 family therapy session
  • 1 nutritional counseling session
  • Up to 2 therapy groups/day
  • Meetings with nursing staff, as needed
  • Weekly family education and coaching groups

 

Educational Support and Accommodations

We want to help your adolescent stay on track with school during their eating disorder treatment. Each school day, a certified teacher provides educational instruction in an on-site classroom.  Clients have additional time to complete homework or manage school-related tasks throughout the week.  Alsana’s teachers will communicate with appropriate school personnel regarding your child’s needs, assignments, and schedules.

 

We are grateful to be able to help adolescents and their families as they heal from eating disorders. If your teenager is exhibiting signs of an eating disorder, call us today at 888.822.8938 to speak with a master’s level clinician about different treatment options and the next steps to take.

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