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The Victory Program at McCallum Place

McCallum Place HouseThe Victory Program at McCallum Place provides eating disorder treatment to help athletes overcome eating disorders while significantly improving physical and psychological health for maximum performance and emotional well-being.

At the Victory Program, athletes with eating disorders will encounter a program designed specifically for them that is run by healthcare professionals who understand not only their special treatment needs, but also understand and appreciate the importance of sport in the life of a serious athlete.

The treatment team includes a sport psychologist, a sports dietitian, a psychiatrist and an athletic trainer. The Victory Program is designed for competitive male and female athletes with eating disorders.

Call for Help 888-484-9414

Treatment Services

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • 24 hour medical monitoring
  • Nutritional evaluation, counseling and individualized meal plan development (on-site kitchen with chefs)
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Nutritional outings to grocery stores and restaurants
  • Meal support at each snack, lunch and dinner
  • Art therapy, restorative yoga and meditation, pet therapy
  • Family programming
  • Fitness retraining
  • Telemedicine

Treatment Programs

  • Residential Treatment for men, women and adolescents
  • Extended Partial Hospitalization Program (10 Hours daily)
  • Traditional Partial Hospitalization Program (6 hours daily)
  • Separate programming for adults and adolescents
  • Adult intensive outpatient program (3-6 days/week)
  • Adolescent intensive outpatient program (3-6 days/week)
  • Transitional Living Apartment for those in recovery step down

Treatment Goals

Pond with TreesThe Victory Program strives to help athletes build the confidence and skills necessary to let go of their patterns of restrictive eating, purging, and compulsive exercise. Our protocols are designed to help patients restore weight minimize relapse with restricting, binge eating, vomiting, and/or compulsive exercise. Our goal is to empower each patient to develop the capacity to act from a state of mindfulness.

When in wise mind, a person is able to change how food and body image is used to express underlying emotional needs and concerns. Our individual psychotherapy sessions allow for in-depth exploration and group work helps integrate newly acquired skills. We also encourage our patients to practice weight maintenance and flexible eating prior to discharge.

When possible, a gradual, flexible step-down program is recommended to ease the transition back to independent living. We give individuals suffering from eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, the power to manage the fears associated with new meal expectations and changes in body size.

Risk Factors for Athletes & Eating Disorders

Bedroom with Twin BedsWhy are many athletes at increased risk for developing eating disorders? Athletes have the same risk factors for developing these disorders as non-athletes, (societal pressures, family history, perfectionism, etc.). In addition, athletes have physical and energy demands related to significant expenditure and training. They also have risk factors that are related to aspects of the sport environment or that may be unique to a particular sport.

At the Victory Program, athletes with eating disorders will encounter a program designed specifically for them that is run by healthcare professionals who understand not only their special treatment needs, but also understand and appreciate the importance of sport in the life of a serious athlete. The Victory Program is designed for competitive male and female athletes with eating disorders.

Call for Help 888-484-9414

Why Eating Disorders in Athletes Require Specialized Treatment

At The Victory Program at McCallum Place, we believe that athletes need specialized approaches to identification, management and prevention, but especially treatment. Research suggests that athletes have more eating problems than their non-athlete counterparts.

The Prevalence and Severity of Eating Disorders in Athletes

Path PicThere is a high prevalence of eating disorders in athletes because athletes have the same risk factors for developing eating disorders as non-athletes, (family history, perfectionism). Additionally, athletes have physical and energy demands related to significant expenditure and training. They also have risk factors that are related to aspects of the sport environment or that may be unique to a particular sport. These and other factors differentiate eating disorders in athletes and make it necessary for athletes to have specialized eating disorder treatment.

Other factors leading to and influencing the development, severity, and treatment of eating disorders in athletes include:

Psychological Issues of Eating Disorders in Athletes

  • Recovery without treatment is unlikely
  • Without treatment, the athlete can become isolated
  • Over time, the athlete will deteriorate physically and psychologically
  • Performance is usually negatively affected as the eating disorder progresses
  • Poorer performance increases pressure on the athlete
  • The disorder is apt to be the athlete’s way to deal with pressure
  • An increase in pressure on the athlete increases the need for the disorder

Medical Issues of Eating Disorders in Athletes

  • Medical complications are common and potentially life-threatening among athletes with eating disorders
  • Many athletes with eating disorders have fluid, electrolyte, and energy imbalances, increasing the risk of cardiovascular compromise while competing
  • Postponing treatment can lead to worse outcomes
  • Malnutrition has a significant impact on thinking – affecting concentration, judgment, and the ability to see things in context, and impair judgment
  • Malnutrition can lead to brittle bones and metabolic compromise, as well as increased risk of musculoskeletal injury
  • A compulsion to exercise may make stabilization difficult without structure and support

The Victory Program Treatment Staff

Lady & DogThe Victory Program at McCallum Place is comprised of a specialized eating disorder treatment staff to meet the unique needs of our athlete patient population. At The Victory Program, athletes with eating disorders will encounter a program designed specifically for them that is run by healthcare professionals who understand not only their special treatment needs, but also understand and appreciate the importance of sport in the life of a serious athlete. The treatment team includes a sport psychologist, a sports dietitian, a psychiatrist and an athletic trainer.

In order to minimize costs, The Victory Program at McCallum Place accepts most insurance plans for eating disorder treatment.

The Victory Program at McCallum Place
231 W. Lockwood Ave, Suite 201
St. Louis, MO 63119
888-484-9414
[email protected]

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