Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Laxative Abuse Treatment Center in St. Louis, MO & Kansas City

McCallum Place is a nationally acclaimed eating disorder treatment center that has helped change the lives of individuals who struggle with laxative abuse. Proudly serving St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, McCallum Place is the premier provider of eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults of all genders.

What is Laxative Abuse?

Laxative abuse occurs when a person uses laxatives frequently in an attempt to get rid of unwanted calories, lose weight, “feel thin”, or “feel empty”. Laxative abuse is commonly found in people suffering from eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, where laxatives are used following an eating binge. In this situation, the person mistakenly believes that the laxative will rush food and calories through the bowels without being absorbed. Additionally, people suffering from anorexia nervosa may also begin laxative abuse in order to feel thin and prevent weight gain. However, in reality, laxative abuse does not actually reduce calorie absorption and instead is a seriously dangerous habit that can result in a variety of health complications.

Recovery from Laxative Abuse

The path to recovery after repeated laxative abuse can be a long and difficult process as individuals commonly undergo laxative withdrawal resulting in fluid retention and constipation. However, overcoming laxative abuse can be achieved with help from an eating disorder treatment center, like McCallum Place. Additionally, it is crucial that individuals receive support from close friends and family during treatment for eating disorders and laxative abuse.

Get Help Today

If you are suffering from laxative abuse in combination with an eating disorder, it is important to receive help and proper treatment as soon as possible to reduce the risk of serious medical complications and return to a healthy lifestyle. McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers in St. Louis and Kansas City are eating disorder treatment facilities that offers treatment for individuals with eating disorders and laxative abuse problems.

I had not found a therapist who 'got it' until I came to McCallum place.

– ES, age 26
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis