New program at Lindner Center of Hope treats eating disorders
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A breakthrough program is enrolling it's first patients with eating disorders.
It's designed to treat those living with eating disorders, along with the whole family. It could help save lives of teens and young adults who may be starving for support.
It's hard to see the struggle looking at the pictures of Sarah Landfair, but for nearly a decade she has struggled with the complex eating disorder, anorexia.
“You never really leave it behind, in a lot of ways it stays with you and you just learn to live with it,” she said.
When Sarah began her battle of starving her body of even healthy foods her mother said she didn't know where to turn for help, “I really felt like I was losing my daughter. When we took her to the family doctor she was down to 91 pounds, and that was down from 120.”
It's one of the reasons she couldn't be happier that Scott Bullock, a family therapist, has launched a new intensive program for adolescents. It’s called the Proximi Recovery Eating Disorder Program.
The ultimate goal is to find a way to limit the amount of trauma a family experiences from multiple hospitalizations. The idea behind it is to share with patients a new kind of program that would be unique to anything else in the country. It would not only offer them hope but a chance to recover in their own environment. It would meet with schools and teachers and parents and families and help address those concerns where patients live and grow in the community.
Bullock’s program involves dozens of appointments with the patients and health care team members for more than a year.
“What we are trying to do is establish normal eating behavior and at the same time establish that the eating disorder is not trying to be tricky or playing games,” said Bullock.
The hope is that just like Sarah, those with eating disorders will learn sometimes the hardest part of any journey is loving yourself.
Sarah says she now knows, “You can recover but still struggle.”
And when you do there is help and support for you to continue along the way.
CLICK HERE for more details on the program. Parts of it may be covered by health insurance.
People can also call the number: 513-536-0724.