Hough Center for Eating Disorders at Beaumont Children’s Hospital Launches BRIDGE to Recovery
About three percent of all American teenagers have an eating disorder and very few are able to overcome the illness on their own.
The Hough Center for Eating Disorders at Beaumont Children’s Hospital is expanding its programming to serve as a “bridge” to recovery by adding an intensive outpatient program and a partial day hospitalization program to its patient services. The new BRIDGE program allows the Hough Center to further individualize treatment plans and improve the odds of full recovery. In many cases, with these new options, the need for inpatient or residential care can be prevented or shortened. The BRIDGE program offers help and hope to children and young adults with eating disorders ages 10-22 and their parents.
“We use a parent-involved, skills-based, collaborative approach to treat pre-teens, teens, and young adults with eating disorders,” says Kathleen Mammel, M.D., director, Adolescent Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and medical director of the Hough Center for Eating Disorders at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. “With prompt treatment, we can give parents the tools to help at home while simultaneously engaging the young person in their own recovery. We can assist with restoring physical health, emotional stability, and a return to normal social functioning.”
Services at the Hough Center include:
- An initial comprehensive medical and psychosocial evaluation
- Ongoing medical management
- Family-based and individual therapy
- Medication evaluation and treatment
- Collaboration by a team of health care providers
- Parent-coaching therapy groups
- Adolescent skills-building groups
- Inpatient medical care
- BRIDGE program (between outpatient and inpatient care)
- Intensive outpatient program 2:30- 6:30 p.m., three days a week
- Regular day partial hospitalization program 10:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., five days a week
- Plans to expand and include an extended day partial hospitalization program 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., five days a week
Left untreated, eating disorders can be life-threatening and often lead to malnutrition, delays in growth and development, exacerbation of anxiety or mood disorders, osteoporosis or bone density problems, abnormal heart rhythms, or cause other negative effects on nearly any system of the body.
For more information on the Hough Center program or other adolescent eating disorder treatment options, contact Beaumont’s Hough Center for Eating Disorders at 248-594-3142, email email@example.com or visit www.Beaumont.edu/eating-disorders.
Part of Beaumont Children’s Hospital, the Hough Center for Adolescent Health was established in 2007 through a philanthropic gift earmarked to address the specific needs of children with eating disorders. It is Michigan’s only eating disorder program to focus exclusively on children and young adults. To date, more than 500 young people have found renewed health and hope through the center.