Welcome to the Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program.
The purpose of Kaiserís Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP) is to provide a safe environment for healing, education, and acquiring skills for recovery. The program is intended for individuals with moderate to severe eating disorders. The EDIOP meets 2-3 times per week for group and individual therapy (see program schedule), which includes medical monitoring, psychological counseling, and nutritional therapy, as well as follow-up care after graduation.
Enrollment is limited to five to eight participants and treatment lasts an average of 16 weeks. In addition to medical stabilization and weight restoration (if indicated), a primary goal of treatment is to help individuals acquire adequate coping skills and to begin to address underlying issues that are generally at the core of an eating disorder.
One benefit of the program is that treatment is provided in an intensive outpatient group setting where individuals share a meal as part of the group. This helps members face their food fears together, and ultimately apply this to their home environment. Eating Disorders are complex conditions that require intensive treatment by a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Early detection and intervention greatly increase the efficacy of treatment. Without psychological and medical care, malnutrition, cardiac problems, and other potentially fatal conditions can result. Consistent family and individual participation in treatment is essential, as is the individualís motivation for treatment.
Goals for The Program
The EDIOP Staff