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What to Expect at Monte Nido’s Residential Eating Disorder Programs

We’re here to support you on your journey to recovery. 

At Monte Nido, our dedicated team of compassionate, highly-trained eating disorder treatment professionals help clients of all genders heal.

Our residential program clients have a dedicated team of care professionals including a doctor, psychiatrist, nurse, dietitian, therapists and mental health counselors. Together, you create a personalized treatment plan with goals to help guide you on your path to recovery.

The primary goals of our residential eating disorder treatment programs are to:

  • Interrupt and reduce eating disorder behaviors
  • Establish (or re-establish) normalized eating patterns
  • Work on psychological challenges that perpetuate eating disorder thoughts and behaviors
  • Prepare you for real-life experiences outside of treatment

Monte Nido provides individualized eating disorder treatment expected of all of our programs, including:

  • Medical and psychiatric care including 24-hour nursing in the comfort of a home setting
  • Treatment methods proven to support lasting recovery 
  • Skills development through evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to address co-occurring PTSD in all programs
  • Nutritional programming tailored to meet individual needs and increase autonomy in recovery 
  • Motivational enhancement approaches to support behavior change with co-occurring substance use disorders
  • High staff-to-client ratio
  • Comprehensive discharge planning

We provide gender-affirming and Health at Every Size (HAES)-informed care in all residential eating disorder programs, which means:

  • Recognition that healthy, recovered people come in all shapes and sizes
  • Behavior focused, rather than weight focused philosophies
  • Recognition that all bodies deserve to be nourished and experience satiety
  • Openness and accessibility of our kitchens and foods in a homelike setting
  • Ability to request and be provided more food for nourishment and/or satiety
  • Belief that weight loss attempts and focus are contraindicated for recovery from all eating disorder diagnoses

Research shows our clients get well and stay well 

Potential clients and family members often ask, “Does your program work?” or “Do you have any data on the benefits of treatment at Monte Nido?” 

We have been evaluating the benefits of our treatment for decades, and have previously published the only peer-reviewed decade-long post-graduate outcome study on residential eating disorder clients. Our current research is an extension of our more than twenty-year commitment to providing research-backed care. 

The vast majority of our clients demonstrate significant changes in symptoms and behaviors from admission to discharge and maintain those improvements. 

We are also the first to provide evidence-based trauma treatment (CPT) concurrently with eating disorder treatment in higher levels of care. Learn more about our outcomes and latest research.

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment FAQs

How long is eating disorder residential treatment?

Every recovery journey is different. Length of stay in our residential program varies based on a number of different factors. A typical stay is between 30 and 60 days.

How much does residential eating disorder treatment cost?

Our goal is to help make eating disorder treatment accessible. We’re committed to working with families to access care and are in-network with many major insurance companies. We also coordinate single case agreements with providers if we are not in-network. Learn more about our financial and insurance considerations

What is residential eating disorder treatment like?

Residential treatment involves the client living at the treatment center for a length of time and receiving 24/7 care. Evidence-based treatment is provided in a home setting through a combination of group and individual therapies, nutrition education, meal support, mindfulness training, medical and psychiatric care and psycho-therapeutic support. Clients work on behavior, mood, relationship, food and weight goals while they advance through our level system, gaining increased freedom and responsibility for handling recovery challenges.

What to pack for residential eating disorder treatment?

What to Bring: 

    • Clothing: We encourage you to bring casual, comfortable clothing as well as layers to accommodate for different temperatures. This includes: one to two weeks’ worth of comfortable clothing, undergarments, pajamas, two sets of clothes for yoga, comfortable shoes & slippers. You will be able to use the laundry facilities weekly. 
    • Medications: Bring at least a 30-day supply of current medications or vitamins in original prescription containers. Our medical provider will write any additional prescriptions as needed. If a particular medication you take is difficult to find, notify us prior to admission so we can plan. 
    • Personal Items: Bring toiletries (e.g., shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste & brush) and cosmetics you use daily. You may also bring hair styling tools, razors, tweezers, and nail accessories. To maintain the safety of all clients, some items may be held when you are not using them. Some programs may have a pool, and usage is determined by the team. 
    • Valuables: Money may be needed for outings when they occur. Bringing a credit card is preferable for your safety but if you do not have access to one, you may bring a small amount of cash. 
    • Self-Care: Bring things that help ground you (e.g., musical instruments, coloring books, religious texts, a favorite blanket). 
    • Technology: You may bring your cell phone, but please note that you will not have access to it unless there is an emergency or potentially until the end of your stay when the team deems it appropriate. 
      • Clementine clients will have school 5 days per week, so bring whatever you need for current courses (e.g., books, laptop or tablet). We partner with Learn Well to meet your educational needs year round. You will have access to your laptop or tablet only during school times. 
    • Personal Identification: You will need a copy of your driver’s license, passport or other ID card, and a copy of your insurance card.

What NOT to Bring: food items, towels, bedding, sentimental or highly valuable items (e.g., expensive jewelry or electronics). We cannot be responsible for lost items. Please also arrange to be dropped off at the treatment center as you are not permitted to drive and park your car onsite during the duration of your stay. Visitors can bring you additional items, or you can purchase additional items online or on outings as needed.

When is residential treatment necessary for an eating disorder?

Residential eating disorder treatment is helpful for more intense or long-term cases of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder, especially those in which medical care is necessary to stabilize the individual. Many eating disorders can cause health complications that require specialized treatment, like anemia, heart failure, or malnutrition.

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