A failure to maintain improvement achieved during acute treatment, followed by a “revolving door syndrome,” is a common phenomenon in eating disorders (EDs). As a result, many patients develop a chronic course that is difficult to treat. To target these difficulties, we established a novel rehabilitation treatment model in Israel for patients with severe and enduring EDs, based on the “recovery theory” in mental health treatment. This paper describes the process of conceiving this model and specifies the components of this rehabilitation house, “Zeida Laderech” (Provisions for the Journey), that aims to provide a home-like environment, while assisting in developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Finally, the model is discussed in light of other residential programs established in the world. With the hope to improve the overall prognosis of individuals with EDs, it is suggested that the similar programs and ongoing innovation will continue to emerge internationally.
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- Eating disorders
- resistance to treatment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology