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of the disorder and that I don't have to be perfect to be okay." - former patient

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Women's Services offers treatment for adolescent and adult women struggling with eating disorders in a safe and nurturing community. Treatment is comprehensive and individualized with three levels of care - inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient.

The Eating Disorders Program provides treatment for adolescent and adult women with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. We integrate a variety of clinical and didactic approaches to address eating disorders in a comprehensive and individualized manner.

A registered dietitian develops an individualized food plan for each patient and attends meals with patients. Food focus groups, held after each meal, help patients stay connected with their feelings and manage any behavioral changes.

The goal of treatment is to help patients stabilize body weight, develop healthy eating patterns, identify and begin to heal the emotional issues that trigger symptoms, and develop the coping skills needed to prevent relapse.

Our inpatient program provides 24-hour nursing care, which may include tube feeding, psychiatric stabilization, medical stabilization, medication management and/or detoxification.

Our partial hospitalization program offers a full treatment day of experiential and expressive therapies, as well as one supervised meal daily. Those participating in the partial hospitalization program may live at home or reside in the
Women's Recovery Residence,  if they are aged 18 or older. The monitored residence offers opportunity for further growth and community support as patients continue in treatment.

The intensive outpatient program offers flexible scheduling for patients in school or working, as well as those stepping down from a more intensive level of care. Patients may enter treatment at any level or transition through the levels, depending upon individual need.

Our experienced treatment team promotes self-responsibility, encouraging each woman to take an active role in her recovery.

Because family involvement is crucial to an individual's recovery, Ridgeview offers a variety of treatment and services for families of Women's Services patients.
These include regular family therapy, a weekly multi-family education group, a support group Friends and Family of People with Eating Disorders (F.E.D.), and a variety of excellent 12-step meetings, such as Eating Disorders Anonymous, Al-Anon, Codependence Anonymous, and Emotions Anonymous.


Treatment modalities

  • 24-hour nursing care provides a variety of care including naso-gastric tube feeding, psychiatric stabilization, medical stabilization, and detoxification in an inpatient setting.
  • medication management, as needed
  • experiential groups
  • psycho-educational groups
  • family therapy
  • 12-step recovery meetings and education groups
  • support group meetings
  • expressive therapy

Specialized groups

  • trauma/grief
  • DBT skills
  • nutrition
  • body image
  • family education
  • stress reduction
  • peer assessment
  • movement group
  • creative expressions


Continuing care

The treatment team works closely with each patient to set realistic goals during treatment, to maintain communication with outpatient therapists, physicians, and school counselors, as needed, and to establish outpatient contacts and appointments prior to discharge. We also assist patients and their families in locating appropriate 12-step meetings, support groups, and other needed treatment or supportive services in their communities.

Patients who successfully complete treatment will be invited to continue in our Aftercare Program. Additionally, our active Women's Alumni Association provides continuing support and fellowship for women following discharge.

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Referral & Admissions
For more information on our Women's Services, admission, or referral to a therapist or physician, call the Ridgeview Access Center, (770) 434-4567 or 1 (800) 329-9775.  Our Access Center staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to calls.

Ridgeview offers free assessment and referral services.  For more information, call (770) 434-4567 or 1(800) 329-9775.  Counseling staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of Ridgeview's treatment programs.  Our Patient Accounts staff will help with financial arrangements for any cost not covered by insurance.

Free Support Groups Offered
Ridgeview offers free, open support groups related to eating disorders.  For a complete listing, follow this link to our Support Group Page.


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