The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Center FAQs


Can you tell me about your treatment program and the recovery process? 

What types of therapy does Renfrew provide?

Eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological, genetic, psychological, social and developmental roots. There is never a single cause for someone’s eating disorder and effective treatment must address this entire range of factors. The treatment of eating disorders is equally complex. It involves a number of different therapeutic disciplines, and usually a number of different levels of care. Effective treatment and recovery involves an ongoing collaboration among patients, their families and loved ones and outpatient providers. Families, especially for younger women with eating disorders, are essential partners in the treatment team. 

Recovery takes place in phases or steps. Renfrew’s continuum of care provides a way to gradually move from a highly structured and intensive residential treatment program to increasingly less structured levels of care. The transitions between levels of care are important moments in the process of recovery but this gradual “step-down” process helps minimize the risk for relapse. 

Re-establishing a pattern of healthy eating, nutrition and physical well-being is the foundation of treatment. Your motivation to recover is a critical element in the recovery process. Healing and motivation are sustained and nurtured through involvement in the community. The Renfrew treatment approach stresses these essential connections. As you gradually regain your physical and nutritional health, treatment begins to focus on other aspects of successful recovery such as self-esteem and broader aspects of the quality of life.

What types of therapy does Renfrew provide?

The Renfrew Center treatment programs use a variety of therapeutic techniques. The primary goal is to help patient’s stabilize their eating disorder symptoms. Directive techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy are especially helpful at this stage. As patients move through the treatment continuum, they may begin to work with more explorative techniques such as psychodynamic and interpersonal therapies. 

Click here to read more about all of Renfrew's treatment modalities.

Does Renfrew treat dual diagnoses? 

Yes, The Renfrew Center treats dual diagnoses - meaning we provide treatment for patients with conditions in addition to eating disorders such as substance abuse/dependence, depression and anxiety. We also offer specialty treatment tracks.

How do I start the process of getting treatment at The Renfrew Center?

A confidential phone conversation with one of our Program Information Coordinators is the best and most accurate way to address your questions or concerns and begin the process of receiving treatment. 

Our Program Information Department can be reached directly by calling 1-800-RENFREW. If you are calling outside of business hours, you can leave a confidential message and a Program Information Coordinator will return your call directly the following business day. 

All calls are handled in a confidential manner. If you request a confidential message, a Program Information Coordinator will call and identify their first name only, the city/state they are calling from and the number where they can be reached. The Renfrew Center will not be identified on your answering machine or voicemail. 

What insurance does Renfrew accept?

The Renfrew Center has contracts with most managed care companies for all levels of treatment and is a preferred provider for a great number of insurance companies. We also routinely petition out-of-network carriers to extend benefits to their members. 

Please call Renfrew’s Program Information Coordinators at 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739) for a comprehensive review of your insurance benefits. Our Coordinators work with individuals to design a financial plan that meets the needs of each prospective patient.

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