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Eating Disorder Treatment FAQ

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If you have questions about eating disorders or eating disorder treatment at Focus, we can help. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions our team hears from patients and their families, or get in touch today to connect with someone from our team.


Common Questions

What is the advantage of choosing to seek care at Focus Treatment Centers over other treatment centers?
Focus is a smaller, family-owned treatment center compared to other larger centers. We believe in providing personalized and meaningful care that’s therapeutic and medically safe. Our unique facility features two separate units, one for eating disorders and one for substance use disorders, which allows us to effectively treat co-occurring disorders and offer onsite medical detox as needed. Beyond that, our multidisciplinary team is experienced in treating trauma, mood disorders, and other complex conditions such as diabulimia, pregnancy, and postpartum.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, Focus is in network with many insurance companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Behavioral Health (UBH) Cigna and Magellan. If your insurance company is not contracted with us, we may be able to make a single case agreement on your behalf, so please reach out, and we would be happy to explore that option for you.
Do I have to eat all the food on my plate?
The percentage of the meal you need to complete at each mealtime and snack time is a therapeutic decision between you and our Focus dietitian. Our goal is that before completing our program, you will have the gained the tools and skills necessary to honor your personal recovery needs at each stage of your journey.
What if I’m a vegetarian, have food allergies, or food preferences?
The Registered Dietitians as Focus are empathetic and sensitive to each patient’s likes, dislikes, beliefs, and fears surrounding food. We are flexible in our menus and offer vegetarian options. While patients are not forced to eat any particular foods, we do work diligently with each person to untangle food preferences from eating disorder behaviors.
Are bathroom visits supervised?
Yes, between the hours of 7am and 7pm as well as 30 minutes after evening snack time, bathroom use is supervised.
How do you establish meal plans?
Within the first 72 hours of a patient admitting, our Registered Dietitians utilize a metabolic cart to best determine how a patient’s body is breaking down nutrients. Based on the results of this test, your dietitian will work with you to develop a meal plan that fits your specific needs.
How long do people usually stay?
Every care plan is individualized, but the clinically-recommended length of stay ranges from 45-90 days.
How many people are in a room?
Our residential rooms accommodate two adults. Most patients share their space with a roommate; however, single room options may be an option.
What is a typical day like?
Patient schedules are structured and busy. That said, we strategically integrate free time for visiting and connecting with one another as well as downtime to promote overall healing.

A typical day begins with breakfast, followed by meditation or yoga. After meditation, patients participate in group therapy, followed by a specialized group, and then lunch. After lunch, everyone may participate in a nutrition group, body awareness group, or have scheduled time with their individual therapist or dietitian. After dinner, patients have time for individual assignments, reading or art projects, or they participate in group outings.
What is the average patient age at Focus?
The age range at Focus varies during any given time; however, we are licensed to treat adults 18 years and up for residential and PHP eating disorder treatment.
Will I be working with a psychiatrist?
Upon admission, each patient has an initial meeting and evaluation with our board-certified psychiatrist. Patients will then meet with the psychiatrist once a week or more, depending on their specific needs.
When are visiting hours?
Visiting hours are on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm (beginning 5 days after admission). Phone calls are allowed every evening from 6:30pm to 8:15pm.
Do you offer treatment programs for family members?
At Focus, we believe family involvement is essential to full recovery. For this reason, we offer weekly family therapy and support.
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