Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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What is Recovery?

Lindsey Herzog MSW, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director/Therapist

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Despite this, many people are anxious and resistant to getting help and/or to coming in to treatment for their eating disorder. The treatment and recovery process is long and difficult for most. During this time, many people ask themselves “what is recovery,” “what does recovery look like,” and “can I achieve recovery or will I be forced to hold on to my eating disorder?”

The reality is there is no defined or “right” way to view recovery from an eating disorder. Recovery looks different and means different things to each person. Often times, people view recovery on a continuum. That is, some people view themselves to be in recovery if they are refraining from active eating disorder behaviors such as bingeing, purging, compulsive exercise, and food restriction but still struggle greatly with ED thoughts. Other people view themselves to be in recovery only if they are able to refrain from ED behaviors and report an absence of ED thoughts and beliefs. Often times individuals work with a therapist, registered dietitian, and a psychiatrist to help them reach a level of sustainable recovery. Regardless of their time in recovery, some people choose to say they are “recovering” instead of saying they are “recovered.”

In order to assess where one is at in the recovery process, ask yourself the following questions: have I mastered the Stages of Change in the major areas of my eating disorder? The Stages of Change include: Pre-Contemplation: you do not believe you have a problem; Contemplation: you recognize you have a problem but you are not confident in your ability to change; Preparation: you have decided that you want to try to change and are willing to explore alternatives. You decide on a course of action; Action: you decided on treatment as your course of action and are fully committed to it despite the discomfort it likely will elicit for you; Maintenance: you completed treatment and are prepared to deal with times when urges arise; Termination: you have made sufficient gains to be completely confident in your ability to maintain the changes despite urges. Despite experiencing urges, you still make recovery choices, and use adaptive coping skills. In order to further assess for recovery, evaluate if you have the coping skills (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness), tools, and support necessary to maintain change. Ask yourself if you are aware of your triggers and if you have a relapse prevention plan in place should you start to struggle. Finally, ask yourself, (and honestly assess) if you would be willing to resume treatment in the future if indicated/needed.

Recovery comes in many different shapes and forms and is different for everyone. Although attaining recovery is difficult, it is possible with the right tools, knowledge, and determination.

Comments off of Recovered versus Recovering by Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS.