CRC Health Group's Eating Disorders Treatment Programs to Sponsor Events for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Leading eating disorder treatment programs Montecatini, Carolina House and Center for Hope of the Sierras are sponsoring a series of events from Feb. 21-27 in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

CRC's eating disorder programs are joining forces to raise awareness about eating disorders and spread the word that effective treatment options are available to the millions of men and women struggling with these life-threatening diseases.

Every year, professionals and individuals around the country pause to learn more about the dangers of eating disorders and the effectiveness of early intervention and treatment.

This year, the National Eating Disorders Association is calling for everyone to "do just one thing" during Eating Disorders Awareness Week to help educate others and raise awareness about eating disorders.

CRC Health Group, the nation's leading provider of specialized behavioral healthcare services for adults and youth, is hosting a series of events for Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Its renowned eating disorder programs are sponsoring events nationwide from Feb. 21 through Feb. 27 to help spread the message of hope and recovery to those suffering from eating disorders and the people who care about them.

Montecatini, a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders located near San Diego, California, will be sponsoring the San Diego chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals' showing of a powerful documentary titled "America the Beautiful." This film explores America's unhealthy obsession with beauty through interviews with celebrities, everyday Americans, and various experts in cosmetics, fashion and the media.

In addition, the facility will take part in a resource fair at Cal State University, Long Beach, and the first annual San Diego NEDA Walk hosted by the University of California, San Diego. Montecatini will also host a "Love Your Body" event at its outpatient offices featuring the program's expressive art therapist, Donna Otter.

In North Carolina, a highly regarded eating disorder treatment facility, Carolina House, is partnering with local colleges and universities to sponsor "Love Your Body" panel discussions and classroom presentations.

Another of CRC's distinguished eating disorder programs, Center for Hope of the Sierras, in Reno, Nevada, is co-hosting an event featuring Doris Smeltzer, author of Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia. On February 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the JCSU Theater at the University of Nevada Reno, the public is invited to attend an open Q&A panel of local body image and eating disorder experts.

Throughout the week, Center for Hope of the Sierras will also be hosting a variety of awareness events on campus, including sidewalk chalking awareness statistics and resources, a Jeans for everyBODY jeans donation, body positive art and activities, and "Love Your Body" resident hall movie nights. Center for Hope will also provide resources and information for students about eating disorders and related issues.

"The theme for awareness week this year is 'It's Time to Talk About It' - and that's exactly what we're doing," said Cassie Riddle, Regional Professional Relations Coordinator for Montecatini. "CRC's eating disorder programs are joining forces to raise awareness about eating disorders and spread the word that effective treatment options are available to the millions of men and women struggling with these life-threatening diseases."

About CRC Health's Eating Disorder Programs

Montecatini is an eating disorder treatment program for adolescent and adult women in beautiful Carlsbad, California, that provides individualized treatment at residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. Since 1991, the eating disorder specialists at Montecatini have provided holistic, multidisciplinary treatment that incorporates medical management, psychiatric care, individual, group and family therapy, and nutrition counseling. For more information, please visit Montecatini.

Centrally located in Reno, Nevada, Center for Hope of the Sierras offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization levels of care for the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and related disorders. In two large, yet cozy Victorian Country-style neighboring homes, patients receive highly individualized care from a team of licensed clinicians, registered nurses, a dietician, chef, psychiatrist and physician who specialize in treating eating disorders with compassion, dignity and a commitment to each person's unique healing process. For more information, please visit Center for Hope.

Carolina House is a residential treatment center in Durham, North Carolina, for women suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder that combines medical care, psychiatry, psychotherapy and dietary interventions. Situated in a beautiful craftsman style farmhouse and surrounded by 10 acres of forest, Carolina House provides a beautiful, safe and nurturing environment for women to heal. For more information, please visit Carolina House.

Montecatini, Center for Hope of the Sierras and Carolina House are proud members of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

For more information about CRC Health's eating disorder treatment programs, or to learn more about the events planned for National Eating Disorders Awareness week, call (866) 515-5253 or visit CRC Health.

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