Alternative Eating Disorder Treatment Options

The Promise of Transcranial Stimulation

Trans-cranial electrical stimulation applies very low levels of electric current to areas of the brain associated with depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD. These low levels of current can affect the plasticity of the brain, allowing more functional brain behaviors to be learned quicker and easier, supporting therapy for these conditions.

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Mirasol's Fall 2016 Backpacking Trip

Mirasol's adventure therapy program includes not only challenge courses, hiking, caving, camping but also backpacking. Each trip includes medically- and emotionally-appropriate clients with the clinical staff required to ensure their safety and support them in their journey.

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High Ropes Course Challenges Families to Develop New Dynamic

The challenge course helps family members feel connected and learn to communicate in a different way, and gives them an opportunity to have a whole different relationship going forward.

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Recovery for the Whole Family

Mirasol's three-day family program is the heart and soul of its integrative eating disorder recovery program, bringing together children, parents, siblings and significant others in a supportive, judgment-free environment to discover a new family dynamic.

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High Ropes Course Challenges Families to Develop New Dynamic

Recovery from an eating disorder is a huge challenge, but clients learn that they're stronger than they think they are, that they can access different resources, learn to ask for support, and find out that they're not in this all by themselves.

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Mirasol's Family Program: Recovery for the Whole Family

When there's an eating disorder in the family, it affects everyone in the family, and every member of the family deserves a chance to heal.

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12-Step Groups for Eating Disorders

12-steps are most commonly related to alcohol and drug abuse, but they have been adapted over the years to welcome those with eating concerns.

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Art Therapy: Challenging the Inner Critic

There's a great little coffee shop just around the corner from Mirasol's business office. I stopped in last week for my usual pre-meeting cappuccino and was admiring the latest art exhibit when I suddenly realized it was the work of Mirasol's own Rachel Nelson!

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CARF Commends Mirasol's "Established Pattern of Excellence"

Mirasol has just received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The survey report commended Mirasol for its "dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served" and its "established pattern of practice excellence".

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Laying Eggs and the Foundation for Recovery

In the 10 years since Mirasol's founding, we have experimented with many cutting edge therapies, including animal therapy. At one point, our menagerie included a miniature donkey, a goat, and several therapy dogs. But ... chickens??!

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Cooking Class at Mirasol

To help ease the transition from residential treatment to life after Mirasol, Mirasol provides dietitian-assisted menu planning and grocery shopping outings, along with weekly cooking classes.

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Day Treatment: Is It Right for You?

Often referred to as Partial Hospitalization (PHP), day treatment is a voluntary, intermediate level of care. Most programs vary from as few as 5 hours a day 3-5 days a week up to as many as 12 hours a day 7 days a week.

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An Eating Disorder Psychiatrist's Journey

I am a traditionally trained, East Coast physician with board certification in both internal medicine and psychiatry. However, when I arrived at Mirasol, I knew little about complementary, alternative or naturopathic medicine, and essentially nothing about holistic treatment of eating disorders.

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Introduction to Eating Disorder Treatment Options

Whether you're beginning your search for a therapist or looking into more intensive treatment such as inpatient and residential care, the providers will usually let you know the type of therapeutic approach they use in advance. There are so many options; it can be overwhelming to decide where to start, but don't be discouraged. Options are good!

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"Horse Sense": Lessons from Equine Therapy

Equine therapy has been part of Mirasol's menu of alternative therapies for the treatment of eating disorders since its founding in 1999. But clients, their families and even some newer staff members may be surprised to learn that equine therapy doesn't involve riding horses.

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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Nervine herbs help nourish the nervous system.

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Holistic Eating Disorder Treatment

In a holistic eating disorder treatment center, a multidisciplinary treatment team consists of practitioners from traditional psychiatry, psychotherapy, and medicine who work closely with complementary medicine practitioners. Every member of the staff needs to be an experienced, caring professional who is certified and/or licensed in his or her area of practice and is knowledgeable in the field of eating disorders.

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Hospitals Offering Alternative Therapies

Over 65% of all hospitals offer alternative therapies for pain management. Massage therapy and body work in particular are effective. It's not only hospitals and treatment centers that want alternative therapies but the patients themselves want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer.

It's not only hospitals and treatment centers that want alternative therapies but the patients themselves want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer.

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Integrative Treatment of Eating Disorders

Living with an eating disorder can consume every part of your life. In addition to affecting your physical health, eating disorders affect your mental well-being and you can feel their reach into your daily life and personal relationships. While it is easy to want to get treatment for an eating disorder, the truth is that it can be very difficult to find a treatment that targets the cause of the disorder and gets you the help you need.

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Mirasol Clients Give Back

When clients arrive at Mirasol, they are entrenched in their illness, which makes for a very small world with limited vision. They are often consumed with themselves and find it difficult to gain perspective. Our mission is to find ways to reach the client and broaden their capacity for insight and positive change.

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Helping Familes Learn to Love Each Other Again

Mirasol's adolescent eating disorder treatment program includes a five-day "family camp" where key family members come to Mirasol to experience residential treatment with their sisters and daughters.

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Mirasol is Light Years Ahead of Any Other Program in the Country

Enthusiastic CARF surveyors say, "Mirasol is light years ahead of any other program in the country" and noted that in all of their years working in the mental health field, they had never seen a program as excellent as what we do at Mirasol.

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The Neurofeedback Alternative to Psychotropic Medications

At Mirasol, when a client admits for treatment, we do not immediately medicate her! We wait to see if the client needs medication, if she needs a medication change, or if skill building and neurofeedback can work wonders. If we find a client in fact does need medication we will use natural products at first, then use pharmaceutical medications only if absolutely necessary and then for the shortest possible time.

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Neurofeedback: The King of Holistic Treatment

Thousands of people have benefited from neurofeedback, a therapeutic training tool that is very effective in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, head injury, substance abuse, eating disorders and chronic pain. Not only does neurofeedback alleviate a variety of emotional problems and physical ailments, but it does so without invasive procedures or the need to take expensive and potentially addictive medications.

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Partial Hospitalization (PHP): Myths, Misconceptions and the Mirasol Alternatived

If you've ever considered residential eating disorder treatment, your dietitian or therapist may have recommended something called "PHP" or "partial hospitalization".

Mirasol, like many other treatment centers, offers a "partial hospitalization" program, but the name is misleading, and there are a lot of misconceptions about the nature and purpose of the program.

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Polarity Therapy Helps Balance Energy, Restore Health

Polarity therapy is a form of energy healing that seeks to unblock energy fields within the body through gentle touch, rocking and point-specific touch. In a typical session, the practitioner assesses energy flow through palpation, observation and interview techniques.

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The Healing Power of Art Therapy

A Mirasol graduate describes how art therapy not only enhanced her creativity, but helped her process emotions she could not express in words and, ultimately, work through the issues that lead to her eating disorder.

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Treatment Center Reviews

Need help finding the right type of eating disorder treatment for you? Edtreatmentreview.com has the largest database of treatment center reviews, with more than 8500 reviews from from both consumers and professionals.

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Adventure Therapy

Backpacking and Recovery

ackpacking is lot like recovering from an eating disorder. It's a long uphill climb with a lot of baggage. Sometimes things get pretty hot, and you may experience an occasional breakdown.

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Backpacking with Clients: What We Brought, and What We Took Away

A Mirasol therapist talks about what it's like to go backpacking with her client.

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Gone Wild: Backpacking with Mirasol

Adventure therapy is a key component of Mirasol's integrative eating disorder treatment program, but plans are afoot to expand the role of wilderness therapy, especially in our adolescent program.

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Backpacking with Mirasol Clients

When we firt began talking about expanding Mirasol's adventure therapy program to include backpacking the challenges seemed overwhelming.

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Adventure Therapy Includes High Ropes Challenge Courses

As part of Mirasol's family program, both clients and their families participate in high ropes challenge courses, including zip lines, high "V" and giant ladders.

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Eating Disorders on the Wild Side

Executive Director Diane Ryan describes how Mirasol uses wilderness experiences to help teens recover from eating disorders.

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Finding Yourself in the Middle of Nowhere

Each trip is a logistical nightmare, but we always find that time spent in wilderness is a great way to restore inner peace while connecting with ourselves and with each other in ways that would never be possible within the walls of a residential treatment facility.

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Mirasol Teens Go Caving!

Mirasol clients accompanied by therapists and support staff explored a cave in the mountains near in Tucson.

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Why Wilderness

In wilderness clients encounter themselves in unfamiliar environments and experience a fresh perspective that might only be achieved after months or years of traditional therapeutic interventions.

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Take-Aways from Our Time in the Wilderness

We've done it many times now, so we have the packing pretty much down to a science, even with the special requirements of camping with clients who are in various stages of recovery from an eating disorder. What is less predictable, and much less subject to planning, is what we bring home once the tents are folded and the chairs are stacked.

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Wilderness: A Powerful Intervention in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and PTSD

Wilderness therapy is proving to be a powerful intervention in the treatment of complex trauma. Several of the unique features of adventure therapy address the dis-regulation that occurs in the individual's neurological process from varying degrees of attachment rupture. Wilderness can directly impact resiliency by providing clients with the opportunity to access a sense of safety in a novel way.

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