Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida

Specialty Track For Diabulimia

Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center offers a fully developed treatment track for diabetes and co-existing eating disorders. Trusted and recommended by doctors and therapists throughout the country, our program and experienced staff with over 25 years’ experience provides clients with clinical excellence and compassionate care in the treatment of eating disorders.

Diabetes and co-existing Eating Disorders or “Diabulimia”

The dual diagnosis of an eating disorder and type 1 diabetes is often referred to as “diabulimia,” which is an eating disorder where a person purposefully manipulates or withholds insulin in order to lose weight.

The formal name for ‘diabulimia’ is ED-DMT1 and stands for ‘Eating Disorder – Diabetes Mellitus Type 1’.  ED-DMT1 is a very serious eating disorder with potentially devastating consequences. The short term consequences start with muscle atrophy, Diabetic Ketoacidosis and staph infections. Long term, the consequences become permanent: retinopathy, neuropathy, gastroparesis, kidney failure, stroke, coma and even death.

If you or a loved one is dealing with an eating disorder and co-existing diabetes, do not wait, seek eating disorder treatment right away. When it comes to lasting recovery for you, your loved one or your patient, the expertise of the treatment team is of critical importance.

Call 888-245-6555 to speak to a trained admissions specialist.

Diabulimia Treatment Program Overview

Our Treatment Protocol includes: 24 hour comprehensive medical management including nutrition education and rehabilitation, blood sugar monitoring and testing & insulin administration. Clients receive Comprehensive care from a team of experts in a CARF-accredited residential program.

Our treatment team includes:

  • Primary Therapist (PHD)
  • Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Psychiatrist (MD)
  • Internal Medicine Physician(MD)
  • Registered Dietician (RD)
  • Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS)

We increase recovery rates by taking a Comprehensive Approach.

A Comprehensive Approach means we address all contributing issues such as dual-diagnosis and family issues.

Dual Diagnosis: It is our experience that a high number of people who receive treatment for an eating disorder also are dealing with a second diagnosis such as Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Self-harm, or Anxiety. Often, the second diagnosis is uncovered in the course of treatment. Because these conditions can impact the recovery process, Canopy Cove Treatment Center prioritizes early identification of co-occurring disorders; we simultaneously treat dual diagnosis to provide the most effective treatment.

Family Issues: We know that the individual who comes to Canopy Cove is not the only one affected by the disorder. Very often other family members have been impacted. This is why our treatment is comprehensive and includes family education and weekly family therapy. Our family therapists interact with the clients as well as family members, facilitating an understanding of eating disorders and focusing on topics such as communication, conflict resolution, anger management, and restoring broken relationships. For out of town family members we offer tele-conference calls.

A Customized Treatment Program:

Each person we treat is unique and deserves a customized approach tailored to their specific needs. As part of the admission process, each client has a detailed evaluation by the members of our multi-disciplinary eating disorder team. The assessments are reviewed with our entire clinical staff and used in developing a customized treatment plan. This close collaboration among the medical, clinical and support staff has proven highly effective in providing the most effective treatment.

Program Highlights:

  • Gated campus, secure private setting
  • Located on 55 beautiful acres surrounded by rolling hills and our horses
  • Home-Like Setting
  • Small Group Sizes
  • 24 hour a day supervised care
  • High number of weekly individual sessions
  • 14 Therapy Sessions each day
  • Experiential Therapy Including: Art, Spirituality, Equine, Family, Nutrition, Nature, Body Movement, Therapeutic
  • Field Trips
  • Customized freshly prepared meals
  • 3 levels of care – We offer various levels of care which allows clients to maintain continuity of care as they make progress in recovery and are able step down to a new program. Canopy Cove offers:
    • Residential Programs
    • Partial Residential Programs
    • Intensive Outpatient Programs

With effective treatment for their Eating Disorder and medical stabilization, clients learn that constant feelings of irritability, dehydration, and fatigue are not “normal” and that they can feel better when managing their diabetes in a healthy way. Individuals learn better ways to cope with the feelings, gain education about nutrition, diabetes management, and healthy living, and develop a support network that understands the implications of this dual diagnosis.

Call 888-245-6555  to speak to a trained admissions specialist.

For over 2 decades families have trusted Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center to help their loved one recover from an Eating Disorder with co-existing Diabetes.