Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida

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Canopy Cove is an eating disorder recovery program in Florida. We offer onsite eating disorder therapy with licensed professionals, and people love our peaceful setting surrounded by horses. One of the distinctive things about our eating disorder treatment is our recovery philosophy. While other centers merely treat your symptoms but don’t expect your eating disorder to go away, Canopy Cove genuinely believes full recovery is possible. Since most people with eating disorders also have a second diagnosis (for example, anxiety, depression, self-harm, or trauma), our approach takes these conditions into account to treat the whole person you are. We know it doesn’t work to treat the eating disorder as if it was just an isolated segment of your life.

We’re frequently asked about the enrollment process for how to be admitted to our program. If you or a loved one is experiencing an eating disorder, it can be a difficult process to know exactly how to navigate the unfamiliar road towards recovery, but we are here to make it as simple as possible.

The First Step: Determine Eligibility

Not everyone is a good candidate for our eating disorder treatment program, but it’s easy to find out if you are. Simply click to fill out the preliminary assessment questionnaire. If you prefer, call us at 1-800-236-7524 instead, and we’ll walk you through the questions and you can simply tell a kind and sympathetic listener your answers.

The Second Step: Look At Finances

It’s a fact of life that treatment like ours costs money, but we aim to give you far more in return than the cost of the program. Sometimes insurance will pay for your treatment, sometimes not. Let us contact your insurance company and negotiate with them to see what they will cover, and depending on their answer, we can also talk about other options.

The Third Step: Medical Information

In order for you to be admitted to our program, we’ll need certain information from your doctor. We’ll also need you to speak with one of our admissions coordinators on the phone, and you’ll have a conversation that is 30-60 minutes long that will help gather all the information we need. We often require current lab work, so we’ll help you get that done as soon as possible. Once you’re ready to admit to the program, we’ll let you know what to bring and answer all your questions. We will work with you to determine the exact date of your admission.


When you arrive at Canopy Cove, the admissions coordinator you’ve been working with will be here to greet you and walk you through the admissions process.


Our philosophy is that true and lasting recovery is possible from your eating disorder, and we’ve seen it happen so many times. We want that for you, too.



Now that you know how our admission process works, get started today with the first step. Call 1-800-236-7524 or fill out your preliminary assessment questionnaire today!

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There is a large population of people who suffer from undiagnosed, and therefore untreated, eating disorders. Many people are shocked to discover this and have a hard time believing that they were not able to identify the symptoms of an eating disorder; after all, they are obvious, right? What do you think of when you imagine a person who is suffering from an eating disorder? If you are like most people, you may have an image in your head of a frail young woman who is clearly underweight and malnourished. While this image is not incorrect, it only represents a small portion of those who suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are crafty villains who prey on victims of all shapes and sizes, taking on different forms.

Invisible With a High BMI

Normalized “Dieting”

There are several reasons why persons of higher weight may go undiagnosed with an eating disorder. First, being overweight or obese is considered as being sub-par by societal standards. “Fat” is seen as failing as a person, and those who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight to fit society’s standard of normal or beautiful. So, when people of higher weights (and even higher end of normal, healthy weights) restrict their diet, it may go unnoticed or passed off as dieting. It is often assumed that restrictive public eating is countered with gorging behind closed doors. And, while binge eating is a common eating disorder, restrictive eating disorders are just as debilitating in people of higher weights as they are for people who are underweight.

Encouraged Unhealthy Restrictions

On top of going unnoticed, the higher a person’s BMI, the more unhealthy intake restrictions are encouraged. Not only by society as a whole, but by close friends, family, and even medical professionals. First suggestions for weight loss are to dramatically cut calories and restrict intake. Fad diets that limit intake to a handful of specific foods only seem to perpetuate unhealthy encouragements. This is not to say that all limitations or suggestions encourage eating disorders, as some limitations are necessary to attain a healthy BMI for those in the obese category. However, society’s opinion is that bigger people should essentially just starve until an acceptable weight is attained, and this is simply unhealthy and untrue.

Fat Shaming

When someone of a higher weight indulges in a treat, it does not typically go unnoticed and unjudged. Many are quick to pass judgment and mutter things like “you shouldn’t be eating that” or “are you sure you want some?” as if the only acceptable food for someone of a higher BMI to consume is kale and celery. Additionally, larger people are met with more ridicule when attempting to be active than their more healthy appearing counterparts, even though weight and fitness are not necessarily synonymous. Instead of recognizing signs of an unhealthy eating disorder, obese people are often congratulated on their weight loss.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder and more people suffer from it than anorexia and bulimia combined. Additionally, nearly 40 percent of those who suffer from BED are males, which “violates” every preconceived notion that society has of eating disorders. BED causes the sufferer to feel powerless over their ability to control their eating and causes them to eat until they are uncomfortably full, even when not hungry. This is often done rapidly, and often hidden as a secret. This secrecy often contributes to a lack of diagnosis.

Normalized at an “Ideal” Weight

Those people who fall in the “healthy” BMI range of 18 and 25 and display symptoms of an eating disorder are often dismissed or even praised as a normal dedication to weight maintenance. People are quick to acknowledge the hard work it takes to reach an ideal weight and many unhealthy restrictive eating disorder symptoms are praised as motivation and dedication. No one bats an eye when an average sized woman refuses to partake in appetizers at dinner when she says “oh, no thank you, I am trying to fit into (insert event ensemble here)” or when a chiseled beefcake refuses to eat anything but chicken breasts and broccoli. However, it is these comments and beliefs that easily lead to incredibly unhealthy practices that are common in eating disorders, but are socially acceptable and passed off as normal to obtain or maintain an ideal weight.

Eating disorders are vicious beasts who rob the lives of their powerless victims. Victims come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Simply put, there is no face of what a typical eating disorder patient is. If you or someone you love suffers from symptoms of an eating disorder, honestly confront it and seek help. The sooner you begin recovery for your eating disorder, the better your outcome will be. Contact us at Canopy Cove for more information about eating disorders or to enroll in one of our eating disorder and recovery treatment programs.

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It is not often that someone makes a conscious decision to engage in behaviors that will result in an eating disorder. While it may be true that some eating disorders begin as what could be called normal dieting that then escalates into an obsessive behavior, most eating disorders develop over time and have subtle warning signs that may be easy to overlook or pass off as something different. If you have noticed changes in your loved one but are unable to put a finger on what is going on or what you should do about it, here are a few subtle clues that your loved one is silently suffering from an eating disorder.

They Don’t Want to Eat with or in Front of Other People.

Humans are social creatures and eating together is one of the most common reasons to get together and socialize. Where there are groups of people, you can be sure to find food nearby. When someone seems anxious or avoids eating with or in front of people, this is a signal that something is going on. For someone who suffers from anorexia, eating in public can be overwhelming and nerve-racking when they assume everyone is watching what they eat and will notice their food rituals (see below). For those who suffer from bulimia, eating in public may cause anxieties because people may notice the binge and prevent the purge. Being in a new location with access to unknown facilities makes someone who suffers from bulimia highly anxious. And, someone who suffers from binge eating disorder (BED) may feel very uncomfortable when others notice the combinations and quantity of what they eat.

Eating Is Very Ritualistic

Eating disorders are very reminiscent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the two are often found together. If your loved one has a specific food ritual and gets very upset if it is altered or noticed, it is a sign that they may be suffering from a number of eating disorders. Most commonly, ritualistic eating behaviors are indicative of anorexia nervosa. Rituals such as excessive chewing, cutting food into small pieces, or arranging for in a particular fashion are tactics to avoid eating.

New Diets or Food Obsessions

New diets may be a legitimate attempt to lose or gain weight and may be perfectly healthy and no cause for concern. However, when food becomes an obsession and everything consumed must be logged or is accounted for in one way or another, it is more than just a diet. A newly recognized eating disorder, orthorexia, is an obsession over avoiding foods that are considered unhealthy and analyzing the foods that are considered healthy. While dieting to lose weight is not of much concern if done safely and in moderation, becoming obsessed with food and calorie counting is cause for concern. If your loved one is frantic over how many calories are in their gum or seasoning, these are hard warning signs that a diet has gone far beyond healthy.

Always Has an Excuse Not to Eat

To hide or normalize symptoms of restrictive intake eating disorders or for the sake of binge eating in private, many who suffer from an eating disorder will do so silence. A tale-tell sign is the constant avoidance of eating and food. To make light of the situation or to avoid prying questions, someone who suffers from an eating disorder will come up with excuses of why they cannot partake — not hungry, just ate, waiting for a special meal later, upset stomach, suddenly a vegetarian or allergic to new foods, on a new diet, etc.

Change in Appearance

A change in appearance is typically a later sign that a person has been suffering for a while and able to hide it until the outward signs become more apparent. Perhaps they noticed the changes — weight gain or loss, brittle hair, dry skin, dark circles around the eyes — and made every attempt to hid it, successfully. Changes in skin, hair, and nails are often caused by starvation of essential nutrients and are more common in those who suffer from anorexia and some who suffer from bulimia. Weight loss can be an indicator of most eating disorders, while those who suffer from binge eating disorder may gain, lose, or maintain their weight.

Poor Body Image

While most people struggle at some point with their appearance, it is not obsessive. Negative self-talk such as “I am so fat” can be warning signs that poor body image may be more than just a self-confidence issue. Some warning signs that your loved one has poor self-body image include their obsession about how their body looks and how food affects it, constant checking for fat deposits, inability to see any positives, takes compliments as negative and refuses to see self as they actually are.

Obsessive Exercise

For some, but not all, who suffer from restrictive eating disorders, excessive exercise goes hand in hand. Exercise is used as both a form of self-punishment, but also as a way to rid the body of the few calories that were consumed. It may be difficult to recognize obsessive exercise behaviors in athletes or those who are training for something specific (i.e. a marathon). Indications that the behaviors are obsessive and may be tied to an eating disorder include obsession with workout tracking apps, relating food consumed to need to burn calories, anger and anxiety related to missing a workout, and over-doing workouts.

Not all symptoms of eating disorders will be present in every person who suffers, nor will an eating disorder manifest the same in each person. Other symptoms may include constantly being cold, development of fine body hair (lanugo), hoarding food, hiding food, use of laxatives, and consuming large amounts of unhealthy food in one sitting. If you are concerned that your loved one suffers from an eating disorder, it is okay to directly ask them about their feelings and beliefs toward food. Reach out to us at Canopy Cove for more information regarding eating disorders and how to help your loved one. We have a variety of treatment options and can help you address the topic. Contact us today!

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The idea that media is a powerful influence on self-image and self-worth is not new. Global campaigns to reflect the normal, healthy, human body in all forms of media have spawned such changes as the creation of proportionately more realistic dolls and retail store clothing mannequins, along with education about the unhealthy extremes that fashion models must endure to keep their tiny runway frames. However, in the digital era, social media has unleashed a new onslaught of visual challenges that encourage people of all shapes, sizes, and build to compare themselves to the idea of beauty depicted on the screen and offers a continual reminder of perceived shortcomings and self-consciousness.

Always on: Social media

Unlike the print forms of media of the past, where perfectly photoshopped women lay sprawled across the binding of the latest edition of a fashion magazine, social media offers an instant, constant refresh of pictures, posts, and tips. There is no break and even when you are working, studying, or sleeping, your feed is updating with hundreds of new posts, each hoping to push normalcy to the realm of mediocrity and challenge each viewer to be as perfect as the 87-degree angle and image filter presents that the poster is. The warped reality of a lifetime of perfect post-worthy moments captured on social media feeds results leads to a distorted perception of the world in general.

No likes: Should I take it down?

Not only does social media offer tens of thousands of new videos, pictures, and ideas to be viewed daily, with a constant feed of new information, but it offers a chance to feed the feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness that may already be brewing. Social media, full of followers instead of friends, keeping up with each other through posts instead of conversations is a form of social isolation that only seems to deepen when self-worth is dependent on likes and shares. Those who struggle with self-confidence may take hundreds of photos before finding one they don’t hate. Add an image filter to hide their perceived flaws, and post it while holding their breath. While they wait for the notifications of likes, they will continue to scrutinize their reflection and wonder if all those who saw the image and didn’t offer a “like” saw the same flaws as they did. This causes negative self-thoughts to worsen and leads to greater anxiety and social isolation.

Body shaming in the 20-teens

“Social media presence” is a legitimate job title and source of income for those people who are beautiful or interesting enough to gather a following of hundreds of thousands of followers who will tune in to see what they are doing or buying today. Most of these personalities are models who promote thin or fit lifestyles and live a how-to tutorial on their social media feed for all their followers to enjoy.

Social media has allowed body shaming to take on a whole new level of cruel. Gone are the days of sharpie outlines of flaws at slumber parties with your trusted friends. Now are the days when a single image posted on social media is opened to the scrutiny and comments of millions of other social media users. Comments made from behind a keyboard tend to be much crueler without the face-to-face contact and perceived anonymity. The ability to save or screenshot images, edit, and repost them has inspired a whole new means of bullying and body shaming that seems to be relentless. Online “trolling” is a sport of sorts, where users actively seek out posts to tear down. Sometimes these comments or threads are not even close to how they actually feel and are a nasty attempt to ridicule and publicly humiliate someone on their own social media thread.

Behind the scenes

Social media is a world that centers around image. While behind the scenes is the mundane, the normal, the average: onscreen reality is altered to show glamour, perfection, flawlessness. Filters can be applied before a photo is snapped and then airbrushed, filtered, and edited afterward to create a post-worthy image. However, behind the scenes, even beauty queens have their cracks that must be airbrushed. Unfortunately, when all that is displayed are the perfect final products, it helps to push those on the brink of an eating disorder over the edge in the search for the impossible self-perfection.

Recovery and social media

Eating disorders may begin as a pathway to achieving the perfect post-worthy body, it is actually a dark passenger who holds you hostage from your own life and body. Embrace social media as a positive outlet to record recovery and seek out others who are finding confidence in their own skin. Purge your social media thread of accounts that perpetuate a negative self-image, and replace them with strong role models such as body-positive activists and self-love advocates.

For help identifying and treating your eating disorder, contact us at Canopy Cove. We are experts in the world of eating disorders and overcoming negative self-image. Contact us for more information today!

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Anorexia and Bulimia are not the same, but they do share certain features in common with each other, and they can even overlap and exist in the same person at the same time. However, it’s not hard to mistake anorexia and bulimia for each other, and once you know the signs and symptoms, it’s easy to tell them apart.



Anorexia is the refusal to eat enough food to maintain minimum body weight, with intense anxiety related to eating food in quantity. (See more in-depth information about anorexia in the anorexia section of our website.)


Bulimia is the practice of eating a large quantity of food and then purging it through vomiting, laxatives, or extreme exercise. (See more in-depth information about bulimia in the bulimia section of our website.)


Anorexia and bulimia do share a number of similarities, including the following:

  • They are both eating disorders.
  • In both, a person adopts an abnormal pattern of food consumption.
  • Sufferers from both anorexia and bulimia experience a very negative body image, often feeling “fat” even when they are clinically underweight.
  • Both place an excessive emphasis on physical appearance and weight.
  • Both tend to make the assumption that the thinner you are, the more worth you have as a person.
  • Both develop early in life, though anorexia tends to develop earlier.
  • Both tend to exist with common traits:
    • Low self-esteem
    • Need for control
    • Anxiety
    • Shame, guilt, and secrecy


Anorexia and bulimia also have a few key differences, including these:

  • Death rate. Anorexia has the highest death rate of all psychiatric illnesses. The primary cause of death for anorexia sufferers is suicide, followed by malnutrition.
  • Development of the other condition. Anorexics may adopt bulimic methods after time, but bulimics do not usually end up anorexic.
  • Noticeability. Anorexia typically makes a person visibly look thinner, but with bulimia, the person may have a normal-looking weight or even weight fluctuations. Therefore, it’s often harder to detect bulimia.

No conclusive link

There are also areas where anorexia and bulimia show no conclusive similarities or differences, or where different studies draw opposite or inconclusive results.

  • Race. Anorexia and bulimia can affect all populations of people from varying different ethnic backgrounds. Some studies seem to indicate a higher prevalence of anorexia among white females, but this is not conclusive.
  • Family background. The likelihood of getting anorexia or bulimia cannot be linked to having a certain type of upbringing. Children of all parenting styles, from rigid and authoritarian to loose and chaotic, can all be susceptible to getting an eating disorder.
  • Depression. While depression is very common among people with an eating disorder, there is not a distinct common thread for whether the depression caused the eating disorder or the eating disorder caused the depression, or if both appeared at the same time.

If you are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, recovery IS possible. Our caring, experienced staff will support you on your journey to recovery. Canopy Cove is located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by horses and nature, and is a safe place to heal. Contact us today to get started.

Clinical definition

Definition of Anorexia and Bulimia from the American Psychiatric Association:

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g., weight loss leading to maintenance of body weight less than 85 percent of that expected; or failure to make expected weight gain during period of growth leading to body weight less than 85 percent of that expected).
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
  • Disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced; undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
  • In post-menarcheal females, amenorrhea, i.e., the absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles. (A woman is considered to have amenorrhea if her periods occur only following hormone, e.g., estrogen, administration).

Restricting Type:

  • During the current episode of Anorexia Nervosa, the person has not regularly engaged in binge eating or purging behavior (i.e., self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.)

Binge eating/Purging Type:

  • During the current episode of Anorexia Nervosa, the person has regularly engaged in binge eating or purging behavior (i.e., self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas). Anorexics who purge risk more serious harm than restricting only.

Bulimia Nervosa

Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:

  1. Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any two-hour period), an amount of food definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.
  2. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise.
  • The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least twice a week for three months.
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.
  • The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of Anorexia Nervosa.

Purging Type:

  • During the current episode of Bulimia Nervosa, the person has regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. Bulimics who purge are at greater risk of harm than the Nonpurging Type (Garfinkel, Paul E. and Barbara J. Dorian. 2001. “Improving Understanding and Care for Eating Disorders.” Pp. 9-26 in R. H. Striegel-Moore and L. Smolak (eds.)
    Eating Disorders: Innovative Directions in Research and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association)

Nonpurging Type:

  • During the current episode of Bulimia Nervosa, the person has used other inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as fasting or excessive exercise, but has not regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

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Great news for customers of Aetna Insurance who need residential eating disorder treatment: Canopy Cove is now an in-network provider with Aetna.

The Difficulty Of Getting Insurance Coverage For Eating Disorder Treatment

Finding an eating disorder treatment center that’s covered by your insurance isn’t always easy. However, when a patient is at the point in their eating disorder where residential treatment is the right step for them to take, NOT taking that step could be a life and death decision. When not attending treatment is simply not safe, it leaves many families scrambling to come up with the finances to get that much-needed treatment.

This leaves many patients at a loss, but fortunately, the insurance companies are slowly but surely catching on that eating disorder treatment is far more than an optional or elective treatment. We encourage and cheer on the efforts of other insurance providers to be more proactive in offering coverage for eating disorder recovery, as eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, according to a 2012 study.

What This News Means For Customers of Aetna

Getting help for eating disorders is now easier than ever for customers of Aetna. Now that Canopy Cove is an in-network provider with Aetna, it means that they consider our eating disorder program as part of the network of doctors, specialists, dentists, hospitals, surgical centers, and other facilities that they have a contract with as providers.

If Aetna is your provider and you have been waiting to get eating disorder treatment because of lack of insurance coverage, now is your chance to try again. You’ll still pay your coinsurance or copay along with your deductible, but overall, you’ll save money compared to paying for the entire cost of treatment out-of-pocket.

Canopy Cove Offers Help With Finding Insurance Coverage

If Aetna is not your provider, Canopy Cove’s Christian Eating Disorder Recovery program is still here to help! We are committed to doing whatever we can to help our customers find the insurance coverage they need. No matter who is your insurance provider, we can help you to explore your options and find out if eating disorder treatment is covered for you. Simply visit our insurance page and contact us for more detailed help to check your benefits.

We look forward to serving you, so please give us a call today at 888-245-6555 to speak to a trained specialist, or check your insurance benefits now when you fill out our online form, and someone will contact you shortly.

YES! I Want To Check My Insurance Benefits Now

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Here at Canopy Cove, we are not shy about proclaiming that complete recovery from your eating disorder IS possible. Our role and our focus as an eating disorder recovery center is to give you a plan and show you to the path to this recovery that we have seen so many times in so many of our patients.

In your journey to recovery, you’ll travel three paths, so let’s take a journey together to see what you will encounter along the way.

Path 1

You’ll take a journey to understanding your eating disorder itself. Have you noticed that your eating disorder came along with one or more co-existing conditions, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm, or suicidal ideation? What if you found out that neither the eating disorder nor any of these co-existing conditions were the real issue, and that there was something much deeper at the core of the issue? On this path, you’ll take a deep look at the root issues behind why you have an eating disorder in the first place.

Path 2

You’ll also take a journey to an exhilarating and intriguing place. On Path Two, you’ll explore an understanding of who you are. Do you protest, “But I know who I am! How would I not know my own self?” Look a little closer. Have you lost sight of your self-identity in the process of being overtaken by your eating disorder? For people with eating disorders, it is very common to feel unsure of who they are and sense that the eating disorder has taken over their personality.

Understanding who you are is vital to the recovery process, but you may very well find that, when you try to take a closer look, you feel blocked. When this is the case, one of the most effective ways to uncover this information is through experiences, such as art, music, equine therapy, and body movement. This path is all about learning your self-identity, self-understanding, and self-acceptance.

Path 3

Does your eating disorder feel like a double-sided thing? Does it feel like another personality sometimes eclipses your own personality and makes decisions you wouldn’t have made? On Path Three, you’ll explore the fact that the eating disorder and you are trying to coexist in the same space. This duality means that, sometimes, you’ll feel that the eating disorder has taken over and you are no longer in charge of the decision-making process, while at other times, you will find yourself firmly in the saddle and able to choose what you would choose.

The Paths Converge

When you have explored all three paths, you’ll find yourself standing at an intersection where all three paths converge, and the most liberating thing will happen to you:

You will finally be able to see the eating disorder for what it is, and you will realize that it is NOT YOU, rather a coping mechanism that has helped you deal with life. We do not yank the eating disorder away, but help you, slowly to let it go. When you have gotten this far, you’ll also find that you are able and willing to say “I am ready to step away from this eating disorder and leave it behind.”

It is in that moment of separation that you will taste what it means when we say that full recovery is possible.

Won’t you join us at Canopy Cove to walk down this path together? We will guide you and support you every step of the way.

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One of the hardest things for people with eating disorders to do is find insurance coverage for the treatment that they so desperately need. Even though an eating disorder can be a life-threatening condition and result in lifelong health complications, not all insurance providers recognize or cover eating disorder treatment.

Now there is good news for Cigna customers: Canopy Cove’s residential eating disorder treatment program has recently become an approved in-network provider with Cigna. If you carry your health insurance through Cigna and have been putting off eating disorder treatment due to the cost, now is the perfect time for you to check deeper into the possibility.

What does this mean for you?

This news means that now Cigna will consider Canopy Cove an in-network provider just like your doctor’s office or hospital visit. Instead of paying for all your eating disorder treatment costs out of pocket, you’ll save money when your insurance steps in to pay. Because Canopy Cove uses licensed health care professionals, you can trust that the treatment you get in our program will not only be kind and caring, but also professional and effective.

What and how much you’ll pay will depend on your individual policy and the coverage level and deductible you’ve chosen, so check with Cigna to get more details about what this means for you.

Cigna Is Helping to Boost Eating Disorder Awareness

Not only is Cigna breaking from the traditional mold of most insurance carriers in working with programs like Canopy Cove to provide eating disorder treatment for their patients, they are also fostering awareness for eating disorders. Their Eating Disorder Awareness Series contains more than 50 articles as well as free seminars. We applaud this step by Cigna.

Other Insurance Carriers and Canopy Cove

Canopy Cove is committed to helping customers to get the insurance coverage you need in order to afford the eating disorder treatment that will benefit you. While not all insurance companies will give you the coverage you’re looking for, we will act as your ally in communicating with your provider. We have many other resources on our website for navigating the insurance question, so check out these articles.

Cigna Customers, Sign Up for Eating Disorder Recovery Today

Here at Canopy Cove, we believe that eating disorder recovery IS possible. Now, for Cigna customers, paying for it is also a lot more possible. To get started with our enrollment process, call us at (888) 245-6555 to speak to a trained specialist. Our on-site program in Florida attracts people from all over the country to come and find true freedom from eating disorders. Our property is surrounded by peaceful meadows with horses, so you’ll almost feel like you’re on vacation while you’re recovering. Now is the time—contact us today.

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If you or someone you know is struggling to recover from anorexia, bulimia, or another eating disorder, you might be wondering just what caused it and why the prevalence of eating disorders seems to be on the rise. While there are numerous factors that layer into the equation, in this blog post, we’ll look at the role that society plays in eating disorders.

Culture and body weightthe-story-we-tell

It’s a well-known fact that in 21st-century American culture, there is a prevailing sense that “thin is beautiful” for women. It’s also no secret that while we possess an awareness that much of that thinness is fake due to photoshop and other editing techniques, we still buy into it.

What’s less well-known is that our current standard of attaching thinness to beauty is arbitrary. It is by no means universal across cultures and across the centuries to think that “thin is beautiful” or to make beauty so strongly dependent on thinness.

Even in Western cultures, “plump” was considered to be beautiful, healthy, resistant to disease, fertile, and “sexy” up until about the 1880s. In other words, it’s not so much that being thin is objectively or inherently beautiful; it’s just that this is the story we are currently telling ourselves.

When most people tell themselves the same story at the same time in a society, it’s easy to forget about any other alternatives to that story. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that other versions of the story might be just as valid. And it’s definitely easy to forget that a person’s intrinsic worth has nothing to do with their outer beauty.


discontentSeveral years ago, a professor of Sociology at Aquinas College noticed a curious fact when she passed out body-image surveys to her students. The overwhelming majority of female students (96%) expressed dissatisfaction with their bodies.

This discontent is not just a prevalent attitude shared by most people in society; it’s also something perceived as “normal,” rather than an idea to toss out.

Instead of societal pressure to tell ourselves a different story than the one that’s damaging us, subtle forces are at work in our culture to confirm and enhance this dissatisfaction with body image. The existence of discontent is a key opportunity for the beauty industry to translate that discontent into dollars. “You don’t like the way your body looks? There’s a product for that.” Women are major decision makers when it comes to where to spend money, and companies stand to profit by enhancing that dissatisfaction rather than enhancing a person’s sense of self-worth, well-being, and contentment.

Turning the tide

It’s hard work to turn the tide of culture’s impact on the development of eating disorders. Nevertheless, here are some of the things that go against the tide.

  • Tell the right story. A person’s intrinsic worth is not related to their weight.
  • Cultivate thankfulness. The opposite of dissatisfaction is thanksgiving. An active, purposeful habit of looking for things to be thankful for about your body can make the dissatisfaction melt away.
  • Focus less on what your body looks like and more on what it can do.

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medicaidRead below to learn the tips and techniques that have helped other people receive treatment.

Is Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment the same as Residential Eating Disorder Treatment?

Please note that “Inpatient” treatment is a different level of care than “Residential”. Inpatient treatment is traditionally in a hospital setting, and is focused on medical stabilization. Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment is provided for a short period of time and is followed by the “residential” level of care. Residential Eating Disorder Treatment while also including medical stabilization, focuses on the recovery from the eating disorder. It’s important to realize that most Medicaid policies do offer inpatient coverage.

What steps can I take to get Medicaid to cover residential treatment for an Eating Disorder?

Step One: Contact your insurance company and ask to be assigned a Case manager. (This is easier in some companies than others. Remember there are many different companies that provide policies for Medicaid and each company has specific policies.) Step Two: Once you have a case manager, tell them, “I need to find a treatment center where I can receive Residential treatment for an Eating Disorder. Can you please help me arrange a single case agreement?” A single case agreement is a onetime contract between the insurance company and the provider.

What’s the role of a case manager?

The case manager is your advocate. S/he must “hand walk” your request for a single case agreement through a process of conversations with managers and supervisors in an attempt to gain an approval. In short, the Case manager is your friend. So be kind and appreciative of their help! Helpful tips  Make notes of every conversation.  Record the name and phone number for every person you speak with.  Be kind and appreciative.  Ask, “When would you expect to know something?” Then Follow up with a call, don’t simply wait for a call back.

What are my options if I can’t get a Single case agreement?

If you’ve gone through the steps and have determined that a single case agreement is not possible, you can pursue the following options. Keep in mind, if you are under 26 years old, you can be added to the insurance policy offered through the employer of either your mother or father.

Financing for Eating Disorder Treatment

If you need help paying for all of your treatment, a portion of treatment, your deductibles or co-pays, financing is available. The cost of Eating Disorder treatment is an investment in your future and that of your family. We’ve partnered with a well-respected finance company that is now providing financing for treatment at Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center. You can apply online at by clicking here.

Other financing Options:

You may want to consider using one of the following loan options: Home Equity Loan, 2nd Mortgage, loan against a life insurance policy, loan from one or more family members.


One option for helping with treatment costs is a fundraiser. Online sources such as Fundly and GoFundMe provide an easy way to share the news that you or a loved one is raising funds for treatment. You may also want to contact local churches as they may be able to make a financial contribution.


Often a person’s family is the best resource for finding help with payment for treatment. If possible, numerous family may need to be involved through contributions or financing a portion of treatment costs.

Final Comments:

You may consider combining several of the above options to help you in paying for treatment. Although it can be a challenge to arrange for payment, it’s important to remember that you or your loved one deserves to fully recover from an Eating Disorder.