The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives and had a profound effect on both mental and physical health across the U.S. In 2020 during the pandemic, the British Journal of Psychiatry found that the overall incidence of eating disorders increased by 15.3% compared with previous years. Additionally, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD):
Americans are struggling with an eating disorder
Only second to opioid overdoses
Across our Eating Disorder Network, we meet clients where they are in their recovery and provide the necessary therapeutic techniques to empower sustainable freedom. Our expert clinical teams help clients understand recovery is possible by using individualized treatment plans that consist of various evidence-based treatment modalities. Our goal is to make each client feel safe and close to home by conducting all levels of treatment in comfortable and home-like settings designed to offer a clear step-down process, so clients feel continually supported in their recovery journey.
Our network uses BASIS-24 to identify a wide range of symptoms and that occur across the diagnostic spectrum. Using a five-point Likert scale, the 24 questions are scored using a weighted average algorithm that gives an overall score and scores for six subscales that cover the following domains: depression, relationships, self-harm, emotional lability, psychosis, and substance abuse. The questionnaire was administered at admission, mid-treatment or every 30 days, and again at discharge.
When compared to 23,172 residential treatment cases and 17,440 partial hospitalization program (PHP) cases across comparable facilities nationwide, the Odyssey Eating Disorder Network outpaced a number of industry benchmarks and helped hundreds of clients progress in their recovery journeys in 2021. We are looking forward to Aster Springs and Shoreline becoming part of our future outcomes reports. Additionally, we look forward to expanding our outcomes measurements to include EAT-26, which is the most widely used standardized self-report measure of eating disorder symptoms.
Eating Disorder Network clients experienced a 33% reduction in overall symptom severity, strengthening their readiness to transition to lower levels of care.