Eating Disorders What We Treat

What happens when what sustains you starts to drain you?

Compassion. Comfort. Connection.

At Backcountry Wellness, we use evidence-based treatment approaches to help our patients learn, heal, and grow.

Our first goal is to meet you where you’re at. We foster authentic, personal relationships with you and your family in all phases of your treatment journey. We take the time to learn about you, where you come from, and what’s happening with you right now.

The Integrated Treatment Model

Successful treatment for eating disorders addresses all aspects of an individual’s life: biological, familial, psychosocial, and medical.

It’s called the integrated treatment model.

That’s what you’ll experience at Backcountry Wellness: fully integrated treatment, custom designed to meet your needs.

You’ll receive individual, family, and group therapy, nutritional and behavioral counseling, medical and psychiatric consultation, and 24/7 support to help you meet your goals and live a healthy life. You’ll participate in complementary therapeutic supports including a range of enriching groups, meal prep skills, mindful movement sessions, sound healing, art therapy, expressive arts, and more.

Eating Disorders: Signs and Symptoms

Every eating disorder follows a unique trajectory. While each patient we meet displays eating disorder symptoms in varying degrees and combinations, there are specific signs that may indicate the presence of an eating disorder.

Behavioral and emotional symptoms of eating disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • Preoccupation with body size, shape, and appearance
  • Intense focus on weight, weight loss, and dieting
  • Fear of being perceived as fat or overweight
  • Desire to control everything related to food
  • Counting calories, carbohydrates, grams of fat
  • Overwhelming need to look and feel thin
  • Elaborate food rituals
  • Aversion to particular foods
  • Refusal to eat entire food groups, such as carbohydrates
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Withdrawal from activities and hobbies
  • Aversion to eating in front of others
  • Missing/skipping/refusing to eat meals
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

Physical symptoms of eating disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • Binge eating: eating far more than usual in a very short time period
  • Purging: self-induced vomiting
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Extreme thinness
  • Muscular weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent gastrointestinal problems
  • Abnormal or absent menstruation
  • Dry skin, dry hair, brittle fingernails
  • Yellowish skin
  • Dental complications: sensitive teeth, cavities, erosion (caused by purging)
  • Persistent minor illnesses
  • Cuts or calluses on the backs of hands/fingers (caused by purging)
  • Persistent coldness
  • Presence of fine, downy hair on body
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Compromised immunity

A Safe Place to Heal

At Backcountry Wellness, we provide an accepting and nurturing environment at every level of care. With our support, you can feel safe giving voice to things that are difficult to share.


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