Spirituality and Eating Disorder Treatment at Canopy Cove
What does it mean when you say that Canopy Cove is a Christian-based program?
Canopy Cove has been a Christian-based program since our creation in 1990.
Most people who struggle with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating or other eating disorders have lost their deeper connection with themselves, others and the world around them. Their senses have been masked and their spirituality has frequently been compromised. We have seen this to be true whether someone is a Christian, is a believer of another defined religion, Agnostic, or an Atheist. We believe that spirituality can be an enormous source of support during the treatment and recovery process.
It is our goal to help these individuals regain a sense of identity and purpose that is not defined through Anorexia, Bulimia, or other eating disorders. As Staff, we include our Christian beliefs in an attempt to understand the struggles of day to day life with an eating disorder, and in developing treatment plans. Our seminary-trained Christian counselors work with all of our clients and include music and art therapy as interventions to help them explore and define their personal beliefs.
Our day begins with a structured session that allows for quiet time or prayer, and inspirational readings. These readings are selected from various approved sources that include the Bible. Additionally, we offer a series of Christian-based videos that are positive and inspiring regardless of one’s religious beliefs. We provide a quiet time before each meal and snack that may include a moment of reverence for grounding or a verbal prayer by participants, if they choose, or by staff.
However, we allow each client to participate at the level they choose and do not insist that they accept our beliefs, yet, many people tell us that they come to Canopy Cove because of their preference for a Christian program. Others tell us that during their treatment at Canopy Cove they rediscovered their faith that been pushed aside. Another common experience that is shared is the realization of the importance of spirituality or religion in one’s everyday life.
What about church? Will I have to go?
Attending a non-denominational Church Service on Sunday is part of Canopy Cove’s program and each client is asked to go. However, the only expectation we have is that everyone focus on something positive from their experience, yet, they are not asked to fully participate in the service. Most often our clients look forward to the Church Service and I cannot remember a time when anyone did not want to attend. A process session follows our Church attendance during which each person shares whatever they choose regarding their experience.
Another spirituality component offered at Canopy Cove is our special on-site church experience that includes our equine team members; it is usually enjoyed by all.
Concerns? Feel free to call us at 888-245-6555 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!