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Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders

Inpatient & Residential Treatment Center

Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders Program Information

Gender: Females Only
Ages: All Ages
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 140
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1990
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Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders Contact Information

1 E. Apache
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (800) 445-1900
Fax: (520) 684-5222
School Contact: Drema Stroud
Alternative Contact: Ward Keller
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Remuda believes the balanced approach produces a continuing lifestyle change. We design individualized programs to treat the whole person, meeting medical, nutritional, and psychological needs within a non-denominational, Christian perspective. Our treatment philosophy utilizes family involvement and allows each patient to build the confidence necessary to deal with the problems and stress of everyday life without starving, bingeing, or purging. We prepare each patient for a welcome return to her family, equipped with the courage and determination to live a happy, healthy, and productive life.

Between 11 and 13 million people in the United States have eating disorders. At least one million will die from their disorder. Think of it – women, men, boys and girls … dead. It’s time to recognize that anorexia or bulimia is not a diet … it’s a disease, and as such, treatment is required.

Since 1990, Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders has treated nearly 9,000 of those suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. And with great success. A full 95% of patients remain in recovery after discharge, an outcome that appears unmatched by any other treatment center in the world.

Throughout the years, we have refined our inpatient and residential programs with one goal in mind: true recovery for all patients. We want everyone to receive the help they need, then return home, changed. We want each patient free from anorexia or bulimia, free to experience a healthy relationship with food and exercise; we want them to reconnect with family and friends; we want them simply to have the opportunity to fully embrace her life … work, go to school, get married, have children.

Patients come to Remuda Ranch for 45-60 days because that’s what it takes for effective and lasting change to occur. All treatment is based on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework. This means we don’t just treat a disorder, we treat the entire person: mind, body and spirit.

Remuda Ranch is intentionally Christian; we extend love, care and compassion to individuals of all beliefs. Our facilities are located in peaceful non-traditional settings in the scenic desert of Arizona and the lush countryside of Virginia. Because their needs are different, we provide age-appropriate programs for children through adult women. In addition, our ReddStone program provides specialized treatment for boys, 17 and under, who suffer from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.

Each patient has a team of professionals, which include a primary care provider, psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, dietitian and nurses. Since 99% of eating disorder patients have additional medical or psychiatric problems, our professional staff also helps with such issues as depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, substance abuse or trauma. Along with individual and group therapy, patients engage in experiential therapies such as art, body image, equine and challenge course.

Utilizing the same treatment approach that has proven so successful with eating disorders, we expanded our program to meet another important need. Our Anxiety Disorders Program now helps women and girls struggling with many types of anxiety issues, including OCD.

Family involvement is a key component of Remuda treatment. Therapy is conducted during weekly phone calls and family members come to Remuda for Family Week, which is an important time of healing, growth and change.

As our patients improve, we prepare. We prepare for success by holding relapse-prevention classes, so each patient can identify the risk factors associated with relapse. Patients also meet with aftercare coordinators to make sure a team of professionals is in place to provide outpatient treatment after leaving Remuda. In the instance that a patient requires some additional support, we offer a transitional program, Remuda LIFE.

When outpatient care isn’t enough in the treatment of eating or anxiety disorders, why choose treatment at Remuda?

That’s easy: because it works.

Remuda Life Programs offer treatment options for women and adolescent girls struggling with eating disorders. As with our intensive programs, these are grounded in a Christ-centered, Biblically based foundation. Located in quiet, residential neighborhoods in Arizona and Virginia, Remuda Life combines the comforts of home with the highest levels of professional care.

Potential residents complete a pre-admission evaluation to determine the level of care appropriate for their specific needs. Depending on the acuity of their eating disorder, some individuals will actually begin their treatment at Remuda Life. Others will use Remuda Life as a gentle transition from Remuda, or another intensive program, to everyday life. Whether Remuda Life is the first step or a transitional step, each resident will learn and strengthen skills needed for a lifetime of recovery.

-Residential Care
-Independent Living
-Residential Care

Each resident participates in individual sessions with her primary therapist and registered dietitian. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of specifically themed group therapy sessions, which emphasize healthy coping and living skills. These sessions utilize creative techniques to reinforce critical lessons in a Biblically based format.

-Process Group Therapy
-Emotion Regulation
-Expressive Art Therapy
-Body Image Therapy
-Stress Management
-Life Skills
-Boundaries and Relationships
-Recreation and Leisure
-Cross Addictions
-Cooking Group
-Relapse Prevention
-Trauma Recovery Group
-Restaurant Experientials

We believe an essential component to a resident’s recovery is community integration. Through involvement in part-time work, volunteer projects, outside activities or continuing education, residents learn to appropriately manage the stress of day-to-day living. Each resident is given responsibilities, such as grocery shopping and preparing meal plans. These skills prepare her for success in life outside of Remuda.

The facility is staffed 24 hours per day. Our team, composed of leading professionals in the field of eating disorders, offer guidance, support and clinical attention for each resident. With Masters Level Therapists, Registered Dietitians and Psychiatric Care Providers, Remuda Life has the skilled professionals to meet each resident’s individual needs.

Independent Living
Remuda Life offers an additional level of treatment to ease the transition home. Independent Living provides residents the same individual and group therapies as the residential program; however, residents live in an apartment setting away from the facility. This allows adult women to practice their new skills in real living situations before returning home.

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