The Renfrew Center
IT ALL BEGINS HERE
Since its founding in 1985, The Renfrew Center has been a pioneer in eating disorder treatment and research. The country’s first residential facility, Renfrew was designed exclusively to give women the tools they need to succeed — in recovery and in life. Over the years, Renfrew’s estate-like settings have been welcome havens for over 60,000 women from around the world and are now part of a growing network of locations throughout the country.
Renfrew is unique among treatment centers in offering not just inpatient programs, but a full continuum of care that supports patients well beyond their residential stay. This comprehensive range of services, which includes day, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs, is available at locations throughout the country. The ability to transition from one level of care to another can also help patients and families maximize insurance benefits.
THE RENFREW APPROACH
Decades of treatment experience and research have given Renfrew unique insight into the nature of eating disorders and other complex conditions that frequently accompany them, such as depression and anxiety. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are often signs of deeper emotional issues or conflicts, and can have a devastating impact on women and their families. Renfrew helps patients restore physical and emotional health by understanding and dealing with the underlying causes of their disorders. We make it possible for them to create a firm foundation for recovery, both in mind and body.
Many Tools. One Goal.
There is no simple, all-purpose solution for eating disorders. Each person’s situation is highly complex and can encompass many different factors—physical, psychological, social, behavioral, and cultural. To fully address these unique needs, Renfrew customizes each treatment plan and employs a skilled, multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, nurses, and other professionals—such as art, movement, and exercise therapists—all focused on helping every individual develop the tools she needs to succeed. Additionally, The Renfrew Center Foundation conducts ongoing eating disorder research and the findings are used to modify and refine Renfrew’s treatment programs, therefore helping patients benefit from the newest advances in care.
Women with Eating Disorders Need a Place of Their Own
Many women with eating disorders suffer not just in silence, but also in isolation. At Renfrew, they can join together and realize that they are no longer alone. From the pursuit of extreme thinness to the pressure to be perfect in every way, women today have never been at a greater risk of developing eating disorders. Renfrew offers them a place of their own: a secluded and nurturing setting in which they can feel safe, secure, and respected. Renfrew provides an environment that gives each woman the time and space she needs to discover her own truth and find her own voice, within a community that values her feelings, appreciates her needs, and shares her hopes and dreams.
Communities Build Confidence
When choosing a treatment facility, an important factor to consider is the type of patient experience it provides. At one end of the spectrum are hospitals that only provide medical care; at the other end, are smaller specialty centers that focus on a specific age group or mode of treatment. Renfrew has developed a distinctively different approach. Unlike larger, generalized facilities Renfrew specializes in eating disorders. And, in contrast to more narrowly focused programs, Renfrew serves women of all ages. The result is an uncommonly diverse patient community, and an experience that gives women from different generations and backgrounds a chance to come together, share stories, and help one another find the strength and confidence to change and take control of their lives. Equally important, a variety of innovative treatment programs for adolescents and women in midlife are also offered. In addition to eating disorders, Renfrew offers specialized treatment tracks that address other issues that patients may experience, such as trauma, addiction, and substance abuse.
Eating Disorders Affect the Entire Family
The Renfrew Center understands that loved ones can be a valuable source of support throughout the patient’s stay and long after her return home. The goal of family participation is to offer insight and practical knowledge that can help in the recovery process – not to find fault or assign blame. Through family therapy sessions, multi-family discussion groups, family weekends, and consultations with the treatment team, family members play an integral part in the patient’s care.
Families are supported in many ways, particularly with insurance and payment options. As a Joint Commission-accredited facility, Renfrew is a preferred provider for most leading health insurance and managed care companies throughout North America, and has a long record of advocating with insurance carriers on our patient’s behalf. Renfrew is unique in having staff specialists who are experienced in working directly with insurers, and unlike many other treatment centers, are able to bill carriers directly for reimbursement of treatment at any level of care.
Recovery is a Journey
When patients leave Renfrew, it marks both an end and a beginning: a passage from learning and self-discovery to the application of these lessons to their everyday lives. To help ensure that this transition is successful, Renfrew works closely with referring therapists and other healthcare professionals to create a thorough, personalized aftercare plan. Another important component of the Renfrew experience is the bond it creates among patients and the lasting friendships that it fosters—relationships that are renewed and celebrated each year at annual alumni reunions.
Offering All Levels of Care Throughout the Country:
Coconut Creek, FL
Mt. Laurel, NJ
New York, NY
Old Greenwich, CT
For more information call: 1-800-RENFREW (800-736-3739)
Visit our website: www.renfrewcenter.com
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on
February 28, 2014
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com, Online Eating Disorder Resources