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Trauma care is part of our commitment to providing holistic eating disorder treatment for the whole person.
At Alsana, we recognize that eating disorders typically do not occur in isolation. Trauma is not uncommon in eating disorder clients, and without healing from trauma, lasting eating disorder recovery is not possible.
Our team treats trauma alongside eating disorders so clients can experience whole healing and health with fewer potential relapse triggers and more hope for the future....
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Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model® is designed to not only address eating disorder symptoms but also their co-occurring conditions including trauma-related symptoms.
By letting us help you on your journey towards recovery, clients learn to stabilize symptoms, process underlying issues, and integrate their insights towards creating a purpose-driven life long after recovery.
Why trauma treatment?
If trauma is the loss of boundaries, autonomy, and control, then disordered eating can be understood as a person’s attempt to reclaim a sense of control-whether consciously or subconsciously- with the added appeal of numbing what is too painful to acknowledge or process....
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For eating disorder treatment to be effective, we know treatment must address the impact of trauma simultaneously.
What is trauma?
What is trauma? Trauma occurs when one’s boundaries are breached- physically, emotionally, or otherwise. It can be experienced as a one-time event, a prolonged event, or a series of events.
Traumatic injuries shock our cognitive, emotional, physical, spiritual, and even social systems and live in the body’s deep reservoir of memory. (“our issues live in our tissues”) We cannot address or heal them without...
looking at the whole person.
An eating disorder can be a symptom of trauma- a means to express boundaries and control. For some, eating disorders serve as a language to express things they lack the skills or security to communicate in any other way.
BUT, while an eating disorder may enable someone to survive (for a while), it will NEVER allow someone to thrive. Therefore, in order for eating disorder treatment to be effective, we know treatment must address the impact of trauma simultaneously.
While no single factor is responsible for the development of an eating disorder, there are a number of issues, including trauma, that can increase a person’s susceptibility. Help is available.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of shame