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Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders, characterized by unhealthy eating patterns that interfere with a person’s ability to live life to the fullest, are more prevalent than many people think. Despite significant advances in eating disorder treatment, many still suffer in silence, which is debilitating for many adults. If you or someone you love is dealing with an eating disorder, there is help available through inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. 

What makes SunCloud Health unique?
Unlike all other eating disorder treatment centers, we do not believe that daily consumption of ultra-processed foods is necessary for all forms of recovery. This is just one example of how our individualized treatment model is different from other traditional eating disorder programs that prescribe one generic approach for everyone regardless of their unique disease set.

From binge eating disorder to anorexia nervosa, bulimia to disordered eating such as restrictive food intake disorder, SunCloud Health can help. We understand that taking the first step and reaching out is often the hardest. We treat our clients with care, respect, compassion, and understanding.

Do I Need Eating Disorder Treatment? What are Common Eating Disorder Symptoms?

If you have trouble with food and stress over your body image, you might wonder, “Do I need eating disorder treatment?” It can be difficult to believe that you need treatment when you suffer from an eating disorder. We see many patients who previously believed that they didn’t need help because they “had it under control.” However, after successfully completing our program, these patients feel better, treat or avoid more serious medical complications, and are able to live eating-disorder-free lives.

The following symptoms and signs of eating disorders are cause for concern. If you experience any of these symptoms, you most likely need treatment. The goal of treatment is to help you recover from your eating disorder and live a happier, healthier life.

Symptoms and Signs of Eating Disorders

  • Preoccupation with Body Size, Body Image, Body Shape, Body Weight
  • Volatile Mood or Continuous Mood Fluctuations
  • Exercising Excessively or Sleeping Excessively
  • Disordered Eating Patterns
  • Preoccupied with Nutrition
  • Binge Eating
  • Avoiding Eating
  • Emotional Discomfort Around Food or While Eating
  • Excessive Weight Fluctuations

Eating disorder treatment | Chicago – SunCloud Health specializes in removing eating disorders and restoring lives. Call us today.

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Treating Underlying Trauma Is Critical When Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors Like Eating Disorders

Individuals with addiction, eating disorders, or other compulsive behavior disorders are often unable to abstain or disengage from self-destructive behaviors until they start to work on and understand their early traumas. We work with clients to understand how trauma impacts them as adults, how it shaped their view of themselves, how it affects their interactions with others, and more in order to get to the root of the mental health condition.


Dr. Timothy Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S, breaks down the 'Three E's of Trauma', navigating the deep-seated connections between trauma and eating disorders.


Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC explains how eating disorders oftentimes develop from a trauma.

Our highly trained eating disorder therapists want to work with you; together we will find a way through your eating disorder.

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What Types of Eating Disorders Are There? What Are Treatment Options?

Eating disorder treatment aims to help people learn how to navigate their eating disorder in a healthy way, develop healthy coping skills, and find freedom from the disorder. In order for an eating habit to be labeled as a disorder, there must be persistent behavior that interferes with the patient’s ability to live a full life by harming mental, emotional, and physical health.

Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake, and disordered eating. Anorexia occurs when someone has difficulty eating and spends most days eating well below the appropriate number of calories for his or her body weight. Bulimia occurs when someone eats but then feels guilty or uncomfortable with their food consumption and forces themselves to regurgitate their food. Binge eating can be part of multiple eating disorders and involves binging on food in large quantities. Disordered eating describes an eating disorder that often goes unnoticed where an individual does not eat a consistent number of calories or meals each day and swings to various extremes.

All of the above and other eating disorders include unhealthy coping mechanisms with food due to deeper issues related to factors such as body dysmorphia and self-esteem. Treatment options for these mental health conditions depend on the specific eating disorder as well as any co-occurring disorders and may include individual therapy, family therapy sessions, nutritional counseling, group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and more.

Getting Help: Eating Disorder Treatment and Where to Start

When it comes to eating disorders, it’s hard to make progress if the condition has persisted into adulthood. Most people who are diagnosed with an eating disorder in their youth will either outgrow it by the time they reach adulthood or maintain it. Other people may develop an eating disorder as an adult. It is typically more difficult to overcome an eating disorder as a result. In addition to life stressors, there are financial and health stressors that are greater in adulthood as well.

The best place to start when it comes to treatment is to contact a facility with credited, licensed, and compassionate professionals. Choose a facility where the goal is to use a combination of treatments to heal the root cause of the eating disorder and provide optimal support. SunCloud Health is committed to treating eating disorders with a multifaceted approach. From psychological health that focuses on self-esteem, interpersonal conflicts, and body image to physical health ailments due to severe dieting, purges, and extreme weight loss, we can help.

You don’t need to do this on your own. Our professional, experienced, certified team can help you.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Costs and Insurance

How much does eating disorder treatment cost? This is often a primary concern for new patients. Treatment can be expensive, but the result of not treating the disorder is often more expensive. The lifelong cost of health problems resulting from eating disorders including hospitalization is high for people with eating disorders throughout their lifetime.

SunCloud Health accepts most health insurance providers as part of our programs. Not every carrier will be accepted and not every policy will include treatment for eating disorders; however, many do and we do work with patients to create feasible payment arrangements. When health insurance providers do have matching policies, the cost can be quite affordable. We recommend speaking directly with one of our mental health facilitators to see if your health insurance would be accepted for treatment as well as how much of your treatment would be covered.

Eating Disorder Treatment Overview – Inpatient vs. Outpatient

When it comes to eating disorder treatment, inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment programs are two potential options. All treatments are broken into these two types.

Inpatient eating disorder treatment takes place at SunCloud Health with a client staying overnight for several weeks, whereas outpatient treatment plans involve coming to the SunCloud Health facility for specific treatment times during the day. With an inpatient program, you stay overnight at the facility. With an outpatient program, you come and go throughout the week.

We recommend inpatient residential care for moderate to severe cases. Inpatient eating disorder treatment creates a perfect environment for treatment and removes outside distractions while providing comprehensive psychological care, customized treatment plans, and additional support as needed by a qualified treatment team in a comfortable space. Inpatient treatment has a high success rate and can help people make life-lasting changes with full support. Eating disorders can be difficult to beat in other settings. Inpatient care allows people to step back from daily responsibilities and focus solely on their health.

Outpatient eating disorder treatment is a better solution for individuals who need a more affordable solution or who would like to maintain their work, school, or home life throughout treatment. We speak with all prospective patients before making a treatment decision to see what would work best for each individual.

Don’t wait to get life-saving and life-altering eating disorder help. You deserve to feel good about yourself and to enjoy a healthy life.

SunCloud Health Eating Disorder Treatment Center

joint commission national quality sealSunCloud Health offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs throughout the Chicago area: Chicago, Northbrook, and Naperville. Patients can begin treatment at the facility nearest them. Our focus is on helping patients work toward overcoming their eating disorders in a safe, peaceful, compassionate environment.

Our facilities are certified, licensed, and accredited through the state of Illinois as well as approved by the Joint Commission. SunCloud Health is also an executive member of the Eating Disorders Coalition and a member of RED.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1.2% of all adults suffer from an eating disorder in the United States. You are not alone. SunCloud Health specializes in helping people with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, disordered eating) overcome their disorder and live healthy lives. We are constantly striving for clinical excellence, ensuring you receive care in an environment where you never feel stigmatized, blamed, shamed, or controlled. 

SunCloud Health Has Advanced the Field of Eating Disorder Treatment

Many centers don't consider food addition as an eating disorder, or they only follow the All Foods Fit Model. This results in patients only being treated for one diagnosis while others are neglected. In fact, eating disorder treatment is often associated with high rates of relapse, and mortality rates worsened by substance use, due to a lack of individualized care.

That's why SunCloud Health offers a better, more sophisticated approach that identifies and treats clients in an all-inclusive way. We understand that not all foods fit for every person, and recovery requires taking the time to discern what each person truly needs. We diagnose all subsets of eating disorders and tailor integrated, holistic treatments to better guide them toward recovery, all while offering a greater sense of community and chosen family. 


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