What We Offer
What we offer
For a lot of people, the words “eating disorder” are immediately associated with society’s obsession with having a certain body. Reaction to the pressures of being “perfect” – in terms of weight, grades, salary, job and other issues – is certainly part of having an eating disorder for many sufferers. But it’s also so much bigger and more complex than that.
When these thinking patterns and behaviours start to dominate someone’s life, they affect every part of that individual – their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Imagining an existence that doesn’t centre around the disordered behaviour becomes impossible, and the sense of emptiness, isolation and desolation is pervasive.
For those who are afflicted with all types of eating disorders, and their family and friends, understanding and coping with these complex issues can seem really overwhelming. Imani aims to help unpack and process past events, and to develop healthier strategies and responses to the lives being lived now.
Ultimately, experience has shown us that with hard work healing is possible for the sufferer and their loved ones. This is what we want for all of our clients – to learn how to engage with life, embracing its lessons and enjoying its gifts.
When I found myself at Imani’s front door, bag in hand, I was broken and truly desperate for help. I was met with love, compassion and understanding. Reassured that life was going to get better if I was prepared to put in a little effort.David C
What to Expect from our Eating Disorder Unit
Each day at our centre is a little different, because we include a host of eating disorder treatments and activities in our programme. There is always the containing structure of preparing and eating meals, along with one-on-one and group counselling sessions that cover everything from past traumas and relationships to practical life skills.
Managed exercise, such as Yoga and walking, is another scheduled part of the therapeutic process. We often have people who are in healthy recovery from their eating disorders visit Imani to share their experiences and hopes with clients, and attending fellowship meetings is integral. This is how people are able to connect with fellow sufferers who have been through the same struggles, which is invaluable. Our recreational activities involve all clients, and also allow strong new bonds to form.
A Day at Imani Recovery Solutions
The programme at Imani is tailored for adult clients suffering with a range of eating disorders and behaviours, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, body dysmorphic disorder, rumination disorder, and disordered eating resulting from psychotropic medications. Many clients also have co-occurring diagnoses of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or addiction that requires simultaneous treatment.
Inpatient treatment is provided for clients who require a higher level of care. Criteria for admission to the inpatient program include: inability to control eating disorder behaviours, low weight with food refusal, and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance use or self-harm behaviours. Other factors include: poor level of motivation, resistance to treatment, impaired insight, inability to control obsessive thoughts, impulsive or oppositional behaviours, and inability to control exercise and purging behaviours, and inability to follow treatment and gain weight.
Treatment is comprehensive and individually tailored, with an emphasis on treating all aspects of the individual. The aim is to treat variables that cause and perpetuate the eating disorder. The minimum length of stay is 4 weeks and many clients choose to extend their treatment.