How We Treat
Why Treatment is Important Video
Why Eating Disorder Treatment Is Important
According to research, eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders are only second behind opioid abuse. Additionally, approximately 28.8 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime, which is more than 9% of Americans. In other words, almost 1 in 10 people in the U.S. will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime. And 10,000 people die in the U.S. each year from an eating disorder, which equates to one death every 52 minutes.
Eating disorders are complicated and develop from a variety of factors. These include biological factors like genetic abnormalities, psychological factors like low self-esteem or trauma history, and from social-environmental factors like the negative effects of social media. Since eating disorders are complicated, they require specific treatment delivered by professionals with specialized training. At Aster Springs, each client is treated by a treatment team, which includes a mental health therapist, expressive arts therapists, a registered dietitian, and medical providers who monitor each client’s health throughout the recovery process. All our clinicians are trained to provide a whole-person approach to treatment; an approach that addresses both the physical and mental issues needed for recovery. We explore the issues and experiences related to eating disorders and challenge the thoughts and behaviors that prevent individuals from living their life fully.