Residential / Inpatient Program
Treatment at Shades of Hope is about the person as a whole. It is a commitment to allow and provide the clients an environment in which they can safely take off the masks they hide behind, recognize the feelings buried in their core and give themselves permission to express those feelings while confronting their fears. Fears such as “what would it be like not to purge today, or not to drink today, or not to cut?” What would that be like?
Clients and families must recognize and learn the cycle of addiction and how the thoughts can create great denial and manipulation. If they are not already openly aware, they are led to understand the emotional and behavioral impact addictions have on the whole family. The family’s participation is also vital to the recovery process. To that end, a Family Week is normally scheduled for the fourth or fifth week of a client’s stay to involve the family in that process. Through education and understanding, the family is better able to cooperate and support the client when the time of recovery arrives. Recovery skills can be taught and learned.
Sixty-percent of our clients have more that one addictive
or self-medicating behavior, including:
Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, food addiction, compulsive overeating, binge eating
Compulsive spending & shopping addiction
Shades of Hope was a pioneer in discovering that eating disorder addictions respond to the same kind of therapy as that used with the other addictions. Clients with more than one addiction address the behaviors independently and concurrently, learning how the behaviors mesh. It is not uncommon for the eating disorder to get under control only to see the codependency issues rise to the top, or the individual stops drinking but purging takes over, or the bulimic starts drinking to ease the guilt of purging.
We ask for an initial 42-day (6-week) commitment by the client and family. At Family Week (fourth or fifth week), the staff may recommend the client explore the possibility of transitional living or the client may ask the family’s support in continuing into Supportive Living. At that time, arrangements and decisions can be made in the client’s best interest. Or it can be confirmed at that time that the client will be ready to discharge at the end of the 42 days or transferred to a halfway house in another setting.