Alsana is a premier eating disorder treatment program with locations throughout the United States. The St. Louis, Missouri facility offers a residential program along with an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) that provide evidence-based protocols for clients suffering from common eating disorders in addition to those with a dual diagnosis.
Accommodations and Food
The St. Louis residential facility is a luxury estate sitting on a 55 acre campus that is entirely private and secluded. The home is over 14,000 square feet with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, some of which are en suite, though the bathrooms are often locked or supervised during the day. There are private and semi-private bedrooms available that are fully furnished with full beds complete with down comforters and pillows. The entire facility has Wifi throughout and clients are permitted to bring their laptops and cell phones. There are a few living rooms and TVs with cable that clients have access to in between therapy sessions, a large kitchen and dining room.
There are three meals and three snacks served per day. Clients can make specific requests in terms of their diets. Alsana can accommodate most preferences with the exception of vegan.
Treatment and Staff
Alsana offers treatment to clients starting at 16 and the average length of stay in the residential track is around six months. The program is based on a level down system, starting with clients getting stabilized and stepping down as they work their way through the program.
Clients are given 30 minutes for each meal and are required to finish everything on their plate. If they are underweight and don’t eat their entire meal then they are given a supplement. This is usually at the beginning of the program for most clients and continues until they get to a healthy weight.
There are three individual sessions per week, two sessions with the staff dietitian and several group sessions per day. After each meal there is a process group, and throughout their stay in treatment there are several written assignments that clients have to complete.
Methods of therapy include CBT, EMDR, trauma-informed care, Somatic Experiencing, art and music therapy, expressive therapy and exposure therapy.
The large staff at the St. Louis location includes medical doctors and nurses, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCs.
Clients have weekly outings to the movies, parks, the zoo and more. There are also opportunities for clients to go out on passes occasionally for activities like getting a manicure or going bowling that the clients have to pay for themselves. Once the clients have established that they are medically capable of exercising, there are recreational options like yoga or pilates.
There a family program that consists of a week of therapy and activities, and long term family support.
After clients complete the residential portion of treatment they can step down to the outpatient tracks, which are located in a different facility.
The St. Louis program of Alsana has a multitude of individualized treatment options that combine talk therapy, peer support, group experiences and personal time. The staff is passionate about helping people and giving them extended support to avoid relapse. Individuals struggling with disordered eating would do well to consider seeking treatment through this reputable network.
Alsana: St. Louis
1260 St Paul Rd
Ballwin, MO 63021
Alsana Cost: $33,000 (30 days); insurance accepted. Reach Alsana by phone at (888) 822-8938. Find Alsana on Facebook
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