Rosewood provides comprehensive treatment for teens and adolescents age 12 to 17 who are struggling with an eating disorder and co-occurring disorders.
Do You Suspect a Teen Might be Struggling With an Eating Disorder?
There are several signs that suggest a teen might be struggling with an eating disorder. While each person is different, and there is wide variation from one type of eating disorder to another, it’s a good idea to look for these signs:
- Continually on a diet, even if already slim
- Eats secretly or alone, especially at night
- Gains or loses weight quickly and unexpectedly
- Makes excuses to avoid eating
- Obsessed with exercise
- Overly concerned with weight or body shape
- Overuses laxatives or diet pills
- Preoccupied with food or caloric intake
- Secretly stores food
- Stays away from social situations involving eating
- Visits a bathroom immediately following meals
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have an eating disorder, please call one of our caring specialists at 844-371-3624 for a confidential consultation.
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Healing the Whole Self
At Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents, we guide each young patient gently toward a place of multidimensional healing. If the patient requires medically supervised stabilization or detox, we have the staff and facilities on-site to prioritize physical healing first. But beyond that, once a patient is out of physical danger, a deeper dive begins. Through our personalized and holistic treatment programs, young patients learn to see how their emotional, psychological, spiritual and social health all interconnect.
Our clinical staff encourages residents living together to coalesce into a peer group where it’s OK to share their experiences, fears and hopes. They learn to recognize their own behavioral and emotional triggers and those of others in the group, to share techniques for redirecting their thinking in healthier ways. They practice new coping strategies together and, in the process, develop trust and form lasting family-like bonds that extend long after they return home. And they develop confidence in their own skills, their own self-worth, so they can navigate the world around them in healthy ways.
Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents offers inpatient and 24/7 residential care for adolescents with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Our dual diagnosis program allows us to treat adolescents who also have co-occurring addictions, mood disorders and psychiatric conditions. Innovative teen-focused therapies, a multidisciplinary team of professionals, robust aftercare and relapse prevention programs, luxurious facilities, and family/professional involvement are just a few reasons why adolescents and their families choose Rosewood Ranch for comprehensive recovery solutions.
We Provide Acute Inpatient Care And Medically Supervised Detox
Rosewood Ranch is licensed as an inpatient behavioral facility, which enables us to treat adolescents suffering with even the most severe eating disorder cases. Our acute-care inpatient behavioral facility can accommodate patients who are too medically compromised to be admitted to traditional inpatient eating disorder treatment facilities. Rosewood also offers medically supervised detox for adolescents struggling with addiction and alcoholism. We are the only program to offer medical detox and acute care services within a seamless continuum of care.
We provide comprehensive treatment for adolescents by a multidisciplinary team of experts, comprised of a psychiatrist, physician, masters-level therapists, addiction specialists, registered dietitian and nursing staff. Meeting several times throughout the week, the team creates and reviews each patient’s personalized treatment plan, which is based on a series of medical, psychiatric, psychological and nutrition assessments.
Levels of Care
At Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents, we offer two distinct levels of care to help patients recover from eating disorders and co-occurring disorders:
- Our Inpatient treatment program serves adolescents age 12 to 17 who require medical stabilization, detox, 24-hour monitoring and other acute care services in a licensed inpatient behavioral setting. Our medical team can deal with diabulimia, pain syndromes, physical limitations, laxative abuse, bowel function normalization as well as medical devices such as J/G and NG feeding tubes, insulin pumps and pacemakers.
- Our Residential program is for medically stable adolescents who need a highly structured multidisciplinary care and recovery program.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders is Comprehensive and Fully Integrated
Many young patients diagnosed with an eating disorder struggle with more than one clinical condition. Our experience with adults and adolescents shows this is the case with more than half the patients who come to Rosewood. Psychiatric co-existing disorders—including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and others—can be debilitating on their own, and can further complicate the recovery process if left untreated. In many cases, these co-existing disorders might not reveal themselves until after symptoms of the eating disorder begin to subside.
Medical co-existing disorders—such as addiction or dependence on prescription medications or recreational substances—can complicate recovery from an eating disorder, too.
The issue with all co-existing disorders is that they require treatment concurrently with (or immediately following) treatment for the eating disorder. Failing to treat both the eating disorder and any co-existing disorders usually disrupts the recovery process, leaving the patient more likely to relapse.
At Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents, we provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation process to identify and treat the eating disorder and all co-occurring psychiatric disorders. This important distinction puts the patient in a much better position to achieve lasting recovery and reduces the likelihood of a relapse.
How Rosewood Helps Teens
The compassionate professionals at Rosewood understand how the all-consuming nature of eating disorders can affect someone who’s struggling for self-acceptance or who’s trying to deal with trauma, addiction or related issues. We understand how much a teen can gain from successful treatment—and how much they could lose when an eating disorder and co-occurring disorders are left untreated.
So we meet each patient exactly where they are, on their own terms. Because no matter how vulnerable they might feel, every patient deserves a chance to form lasting, trusting, rewarding relationships.
Rosewood’s state-of-the-art 13-acre campus includes a separate building complex specifically designed to meet the needs of adolescent patients age 12 to 17 years. The gated property features welcoming, comfortable home-like accommodations, a school facility, and a recreational area that includes a sparkling swimming pool, ping pong, and many other recreational opportunities. We also treat teens at Rosewood Tempe and Rosewood Santa Monica.
To ensure the highest level of holistic care, each resident is assigned their own multidisciplinary treatment team whose task is to provide the tools necessary for complete recovery. To achieve this goal, the treatment team meets daily to create, review and adjust each resident’s personalized treatment plan. It might include elements like:
- Group and one-on-one therapy sessions
- Comprehensive nutrition education
- Life skills training
- Multiple therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Equine, canine and other experiential therapies
For patients arriving with severe illness, malnourishment and dehydration, Rosewood is able to provide acute care services. Once the patient is medically stabilized, we will assess and determine the most appropriate level of care.
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Free Online Eating Disorder Assessments
If you think a teen you know might be struggling with an eating disorder, it helps to have some clarity.
Rosewood offers free online assessments that can help you figure out if an eating disorder is involved and what next steps, if any, to take.
The assessments can be taken by a parent, relative or other responsible adult on behalf of an adolescent, or even by young people themselves. Either way, the process is completely confidential. Just choose the assessment type below and answer the questions honestly and completely.
Minors: If you are under 18 years of age you must complete this form with the help of a parent, and your parent must be involved in all aspects of the communication about your online assessment.
- FREE Online Eating Disorder Assessment
- FREE Online Anorexia Nervosa Assessment
- FREE Online Bulimia Nervosa Assessment
- FREE Online Binge Eating Disorder Assessment
One of our compassionate intake specialists will review your responses and call back promptly with results in complete confidence.
About Eating Disorders in Teens
The reasons people develop an eating disorder don’t really involve food itself. An eating disorder is essentially a behavioral response to an internal struggle. For someone with an eating disorder, the internal struggle might be a combination of stress, anxiety, depression, loss of control, fear, trauma and other issues. The behavioral response is eating too little or too much in relation to dietary needs.
While this pattern applies to people of all ages, it has special relevance for those in their teen years. Because those are the years when people experience emotional, psychological and physical stress more intensely than usual. Adolescence is also the period when people are not yet equipped to deal with those stresses. Teens often find themselves confronting adult emotions without the adult resources and skills to manage them. So they turn to strategies that can be self-destructive, like eating disorders.
At Rosewood, we understand how these dynamics affect young people who are still developing into the adults they want to be. That’s why our treatment and recovery programs are consistently patient-centered—not disease-centered or symptom-centered. We treat people, not illnesses, and we know every patient starts out with their own unique history, background, mindset, events and dreams.
Our trained, empathetic professionals help each patient sort through interconnected emotions that led them to develop an eating disorder. We connect with patients through unconditional acceptance, kindness and authenticity. With that as a foundation, we guide every teen patient toward their own insights and their own recovery. So they can re-establish their own identity, rediscover their own strength, and get their own life back.
Events that Can Trigger Eating Disorders in Teens
Teens face constant pressure from multiple angles, without the emotional resources or physical maturity to process it. Some teens feel pressure to conform, to be more beautiful, to be more popular, to earn approval from friends and authority figures and that’s not even counting pressure to succeed in school and sports.
Some teen eating disorder patients may also be struggling with a traumatic event in childhood or an ongoing addiction. Some specific sources of teen pressure include:
- Traumatic events or patterns: These might include the death of a family member, sexual or emotional abuse, parents divorcing, relocation, life-threatening illness or accident. Trauma leaves victims feeling helpless, so they often grasp at any avenue available for exerting control. An eating disorder is a common way of controlling an aspect of life when a person feels helpless.
- Popular media: Our culture glamorizes thinness, fitness and beauty. These characteristics, which become equated with popularity, are reinforced in advertising, popular culture, films, TV, music videos and other media.
- Bullying: This trend has become damaging in its intensity in recent years—particularly with the popularity of social media that foster meanness without accountability. Bullying promotes low-self-esteem, poor body image, anxiety, depression and other conditions that contribute directly to eating disorders.
- Competitiveness: Pressure to compete can promote a need for academic, physical or athletic perfection. To a teen, who might already equate perfection with thinness and attractiveness, a competitive environment acts as a motivator to lose more weight, faster.
If you think you or a young person you know might be struggling with an eating disorder, know this: there is hope.
Relapse Prevention and Aftercare Planning for Teens
We know from experience that ED patients, especially teens, are often vulnerable to relapse. So a strong relapse prevention plan is crucial for long term recovery.
Teen patients often face temptations to seek “comfort” in the same behaviors they worked hard to erase. The choices they make in those moments affect them and every member of their family.
That’s a major reason why Rosewood places emphasis on starting relapse prevention plans as soon as the individual is admitted. As part of every teen’s eating disorder treatment plan, weekly relapse prevention sessions are included. So the patient builds a strong foundation for recognizing their own personal triggers and can refocus. In these sessions, patients learn strategies for coping with real-world situations that might provoke a relapse, as well as life management skills that build confidence in the person’s ability to manage the inevitable stresses of daily life.
As part of our collaborative approach to treatment, our clinicians stay in close touch with every patient’s personal medical providers. This process often starts when the patient is first referred to us, and it lasts throughout the course of treatment. By the time a patient is discharged, their providers are fully up-to-date on their progress and areas that might require monitoring.
Alumni Support for Teens
Just as peer pressure can be a contributing factor in the development of an eating disorder, peer support can play a major role in relapse prevention. Our robust alumni program takes advantage of the relationships forged during treatment at Rosewood. After learning the value of teamwork and accountability during treatment, patients are encouraged to maintain close ties with other alumni after they are discharged. Those bonds often form the basis of trust-based friendships that can last a lifetime.
Our alumni coordinator contacts every patient multiple times after discharge, just to check on their progress, offer encouragement and let them know help is always available if needed. To further strengthen bonds of fellowship with others, we hold national reunions for alumni every year, along with frequent smaller regional events. We also invite teen alumni to return to Rosewood as guest speakers, helping a new group of patients on their own recovery journeys.
Patients are also encouraged to join our Operation RecoverED program, which raises awareness about eating disorders by making presentations at schools, meetings of civic groups and other venues.