Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorder treatment in Hawaii is a multifaceted process. Learn about eating disorder treatment, including binge eating disorder treatment

Eating disorders are a complex group of mental health disorders related to eating. They can range in severity from mild to severe and can impact people in many different ways. At Hawaii Island Recovery Center we treat addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders, including eating disorders. 

Eating disorder treatment in Hawaii can happen along with treatment for addictions, as our experienced therapists have the ability to create personalized treatment plans to address each person individually and their unique concerns. We understand that not all patients are the same, and we strive to provide holistic care to lead our patients to recover from all of their illnesses. Dual Diagnosis is something that we specialize in. 

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge Eating Disorder is a clinical term for what most might describe as extreme overeating. For those suffering from binge eating disorders, often overeat regularly and have trouble controlling the amount that they eat. They may use food to cope with stress and other negative emotions, and like all addictive behaviors, after they overeat they feel even worse. Such is the vicious cycle of binge eating disorder (BED). 

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

To know whether or not your eating behavior may be Binge Eating Disorder, ask yourself the following questions. The more questions you answer “yes” to, the more likely it is that you may have a binge eating disorder. 

  • Do you feel out of control when you’re eating?
  • Do you think about food all the time?
  • Do you eat in secret?
  • Do you eat until you feel sick?
  • Do you eat to escape from worries, relieve stress, or to comfort yourself?
  • Do you feel disgusted or ashamed after eating?
  • Do you feel powerless to stop eating, even though you want to?

Binge eating disorder can often lead to unhealthy behaviors such as restrictive eating at other times, purging, and other unhealthy weight-loss behaviors.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Hawaii

Treatment for binge eating disorder often involves a combination of both talk therapy and medication to control the thoughts and behaviors that lead to it. 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is greatly effective for binge eating disorders. This type of therapy is practiced regularly by our therapists, as it is also extremely effective in treating substance use disorders. 

Interpersonal psychotherapy and Dialectical behavioral therapy are two other effective treatment methods for this disorder. Hawaii Island Recovery has therapists that are highly specialized in all of these treatment modalities, as well as medical providers who can prescribe appropriate medication. 

Other Eating Disorders

Binge eating disorder is not the only eating disorder. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), and Night Eating Disorder are others you may be familiar with or struggling with. 

Keep in mind that severe and persistent eating disorders, particularly those that have caused noted physical health concerns, may require hospital-level treatment. However, in many cases, these disorders can be treated on an inpatient or outpatient level very successfully. 

  • Anorexia Nervosa is generally indicated when a person is not allowing themself adequate food intake. Often there are obsessive and persistent thoughts and behaviors involved that keep the person in a cycle of restricting food or doing other things to prevent weight gain. 
  • Bulimia Nervosa involves frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as excessive exercise or self-induced vomiting. Again, behaviors and thoughts are often obsessive and unhealthy. 

Often, eating disorders occur along with other mental health disorders, including substance use, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. It is important when looking for treatment for eating disorders that you understand that the facility you choose can address all of your mental health needs together. 

Causes of Eating Disorders

There generally is no one cause for eating disorders, but often there is a combination of factors that lead to them. These can include genetic, biochemical, psychological, cultural, and environmental factors. For one person it may be that they have low self-esteem coupled with a genetic predisposition to eating disorders. For another, their eating disorder may be linked to their relationship with their family as well as the internalization of media. It is important to understand that Eating Disorders, much like Substance Use disorders, are not chosen. People don’t decide to have an eating disorder, they have a disease that is treatable. 

Eating Disorder Treatment in Hawaii

Hawaii Island Recovery is a full-service recovery treatment center with caring, specialized therapists in all modalities. We have the ability to monitor, diagnose and treat eating disorders alongside other mental health disorders and substance use disorders. We understand that these disorders don’t often occur one at a time, and we are experienced with and prepared to treat each patient at the level that they need. 

Additionally, Hawaii Island Recovery offers unique and proven therapies that incorporate the unique natural qualities of the island. Natural healing and reflection happen through encounters with wildlife like horses and dolphins, and the serenity of living in a serene and quiet environment cannot happen anywhere else. 

Other Treatment Services Available

Aside from therapy from our skilled counselors to address eating disorders and other psychological concerns, and our unique Island experiences, there are many other services available at Hawaii Island Recovery to support you. 

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Holistic Health Services – Acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, mindfulness groups, and nutrition education are available to help promote self-care and body health. 

Biomedical Care – This includes assessment, treatment, and monitoring by our Certified Addictionologist and Registered Nurse, Medication Management, and Dietary assessment by a Registered Dietician when indicated. 

Ancillary Services – We will connect you with chiropractic, optical, and dental care when needed. 

Substance Use Treatment and Eating Disorder Treatment often go hand-in-hand. Contact Hawaii Island Recovery today to learn more about starting your path to recovery with us. 



Hawaii Island Recovery offers men and women an opportunity to recover from eating disorders while living on the beautiful island of Hawaii. Our multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach combines psychotherapies, such as CBT, with experiential and holistic therapies, such as wild Ocean-based therapy. All residents also have nutritional support and access to healthy, delicious meals from our chef.

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If you or a loved one need help, call Hawaii Island Recovery toll-free right now.