Admissions Process for Clients with Bulimia NervosaMaking the decision to begin treatment for bulimia can be both a relief and extremely stressful for clients and families. Sometimes admission happens when a crisis occurs. For others, it is after a long period of struggle. Castlewood’s professional intake and admission team is here to help clients with bulimia navigate the admissions process simply and clearly. Castlewood encourages families and clients seeking help for bulimia to contact us, even if you are unsure of what to ask. We’ll help answer the questions you may not even know you have, and explain the admission process. Our intake specialists are compassionate and knowledgeable. In fact, these two words describe each person on the Castlewood team.
Steps for Admission for Clients with BulimiaReferrals for the treatment of bulimia can be made by a professional or an individual. We accept many clients who self-refer, and who are desperately seeking treatment for bulimia for themselves or a loved one. A referral can be a simple phone call or e-mail. We’ll take it from there! Each step of the admission and treatment process will be explained.
The admission process involves three basic features:
- A clinical intake assessment (This can be over the phone or face to face and helps our team determine which level of care a potential client might need.)
- Review of insurance benefits and resources
- Pre-admission medical clearance
Alternate treatment options are recommended for several reasons, including:
- Some clients require a medical inpatient stay before being formally admitted to Castlewood, in order to stabilize severe metabolic or nutritional issues
- While Castlewood provides intensive outpatient services, outpatient services closer to home may be more appropriate for clients with a strong home support and eating disorder team, and with a short duration and severity of the bulimia symptoms.
- Insurance coverage and private resources may not always make Castlewood a viable option for a particular individual’s bulimia treatment. We work diligently with clients and families to find the coverage and resources that they need to receive Castlewood’s expert bulimia care, but at times we are unable to admit a client due to financial reasons. If finances do not allow a client with bulimia to be admitted to one of our facilities, our intake staff will gladly help clients find safe and trustworthy alternatives.
Questions for Clients with Bulimia to Ask When Considering Admission to Any Eating Disorder Treatment Center
- Is a continuum of care offered, so that clients are guided from professional care into a fully autonomous state of recovery from bulimia?
- Are clients with bulimia forced to fit the treatment program, or does each client receive an individualized treatment plan for their eating disorder and co-occurring issues?
- Are both individual and group therapy integrated into care?
- Do families receive only group sessions, or is family therapy offered on an individualized basis?
- Are co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, addressed along with the bulimia?
- Does the treatment center stay in touch clients on a formal basis in the aftercare period?
- Are treatment options for bulimia evidence-based?
- What other adjunctive treatments are offered, beyond behavioral therapy for bulimia? Are expressive and creative therapy included?
- Does the treatment facility specialize in eating disorders, or are other types of clients cared for in the same program?
- How long has the facility kept staff members? Is there a high turnover among the treatment staff?
- Is the facility environment homelike or more like a clinic?
- How many years have the therapists been working in the field of bulimia?
- Are reality-based skills practice sessions part of the treatment program for bulimia
- What levels of care are available?