Healthy Living Program
Morningside Recovery’s Healthy Living program supports clients dealing with unhealthy behaviors around food, body-image issues, and co-occurring disorders. The program addresses the underlying emotional issues and allows the necessary time to achieve optimal health. Healthy Living offers meal planning and preparation, education, fitness guidance, and therapeutic support in creating and maintaining healthy behaviors surrounding food and body image. Clients let go of their fears and practice new life skills in our open-ended program.
Morningside Recovery’s team draws upon the wide-ranging expertise of our clinicians. Morningside’s individualized programs and treatment tracks focus on specific clinical outcomes that are measurable by changes in client status. We use traditional, experiential and integrative therapies to reach clinically-complex clients. Our full range of services includes extended care services, academic program, transitional living, and intensive outpatient and aftercare support services.
The Healthy Living track at Morningside is about increasing self-worth and establishing communication skills that are direct, clear, and honest. Clients learn to express feelings and live by rules that are flexible and appropriate to change. The program is a natural link to the larger society and each client’s goals and plans. Healthy Living treatment is customized by the client’s primary therapist, who is an expert on body image and unhealthy eating behaviors. This therapist also directs clients to resources such as Morningside’s academic program, job readiness training, and additional outside support groups.
At Morningside, many clients recover from the mind-set that they are not loveable for who they are, their authentic and true self. They learn to let go of the false identity they have created in an attempt to be loved according to a particular set of cultural norms or family standards. Under the guidance of our compassionate staff, clients learn to let go of their fears and practice new life skills in our open-ended program. Men with unhealthy relationships with food and/or body-image issues exhibit the same types of emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms as women. Healthy Living allows men and women healing from unhealthy eating and body image issues to gradually increase their exposure to real-life activities.
At Morningside Recovery, healthy living clients with a co-occurring disorder benefit from a integrative approach, utilizing reommendations from a client's doctor and psychiatrist, as well as supportive psychotherapy, to create a holistic treatment plan. We embrace the severity of these issies, as well as the individual’s specific symptoms, background, strengths, and physical and psychological issues. Our Healthy Living program carefully encourages a healthy relationship with food, exercise and nutrition and introduces constructive ways to cope with stressors and challenges. Healthy Living also incorporates the following ideas:
- Unhealthy eating is symptomatic of deeper, underlying emotional pain.
- Research shows that body image treatment is most effective when it is caring, nurturing, and esteem-building.
- When a client enters treatment for an an unhealthy relationship with food or body-image issues, any addiction and/or mental illness are treated simultaneously.
- Treatment plans are flexible and customized to the client’s individual needs.
- Although the mainstream media continues to connect unhealthy eating with female body image concerns, both men and women can develop long-term problems.
- Inappropriate eating behaviors are associated with attempts to control mood.
*Morningside Recovery does not treat clients for primary, diagnosed eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Our counselors can refer you to an appropriate level of care if that is the type of treatment you are seeking for yourself or a loved one.