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Hey everyone. I am a diagnosed bulimic and I have major issues with binge eating. For my 5'4" frame, being over 160 lbs is torture due to my anorexic past of being underweight. Anyways, I realized I couldn't live like this anymore and just started doing the day intensive treatment program at the Renfrew Center in the US.

Has anyone been to an ED treatment center? Did it help?

I'm having issues sticking to my meal plan and not binging horribly at night, mainly due to my fear of going to bed on an empty stomach and insomnia-like tendencies. Anyways I started mid-week last week and would like any input from you all!

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I did residential treatment at Renfrew in Philadelphia, and I have also done a couple of day treatment and IOP programs at other centers. When I was in day treatment, I had bulimia and would engage in ED behaviors every night when I got home from the program. Getting back into a routine of eating regular meals and snacks during the day was helpful, but I found that day treatment set-up left me with too much freedom. If you are unable to abstain from behaviors at night or if you do not make progress in the day program, then you might talk to your treatment team to find out whether day treatment is the best level-of-care to address your needs. Feel free to PM me or reply with questions. Good luck!

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I just spent four months in residential treatment for my eating disorder (primarily bulimia) at Center for Change in Utah. It's an amazing place and it really did help me a lot. I'd suggest looking into it.

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I considered going to CDC in the past (and again last month). I know a few women who have benefited from their program. I am glad that it was a good fit for you. What a great opportunity! Keep us updated.

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I went through OP at Renfrew Philadelphia and did not find it as helpful as I felt it could have been. It was too easy to come home and go back to engaging in my symptoms. However, I spent three weeks as an Inpatient with Dr Michael Pertschuk. (He worked at Friends Hospital at the time but I believe he is now at Brandywine? Both places are in/around Philly)

After IP I spent nearly a year doing OP aftercare and between the two, I truly believe they saved my life.

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I just went to Belmont because Renfrew didn't take my insurance. I started in the day treatment program but I wasn't getting better, so after a couple weeks they decided to admit me to the inpatient program.

I was having similar problems where I'd do great at the day program, but then when I got home I was just in full-fledged ED mode. Sometimes you need that hospital stay to get you out of the pattern. Usually if you're not making progress, they will admit you.

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I've heard that Renfrew is one of the best inpatient ED-treatment programs in the US from other inpatients who were at a different hospital with me when I was IP. Many of them had been IP at least 3 times, and all of the patients who had been to Renfrew talked about how much more intensive and personalized the therapy and treatment plans were. Apparently the food choices are also more realistic and varied than most programs, and they have better privilege systems than a lot of other places.

Out of all of the IP ED-treatment centers that people spoke highly about, Princeton's was the one that was always brought up as if it was the "Rolls Royce" of ED programs. I'm not sure how many insurance co's cover it, and I know that they tend to be filled to capacity, but if anybody here feels that they really need to be IP for ED treatment and have the means to be there (if the location is convenient), check it out. I would've loved to be there instead of where I was - state hospitals for IP ED treatment SUCK

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