Transitioning from an intensive 24 hour setting presents an overwhelming challenge to individuals who are in recovery. Our experience is that clients need to be weaned off of 24 hour care gradually. A transition program allows clients to take increasing responsibility for their lives with decreasing staff supervision. At Monte Nido Malibu, we created a transition house and a day treatment program to address this need.
Our transition house, Bella Mar, is for graduates who have completed treatment through Level IV. The skills learned at Monte Nido are practiced at Bella Mar where clients increasingly take on normal life activities such as school and work. At Bella Mar clients take responsibility for following a healthy lifestyle while remaining surrounded with support and guidance. Bella Mar consists of two separate houses with opportunities for transitional and independent living.
Each Monte Nido facility will have its own unique aftercare programs patterned after the following:
Clients, in our transitional living house, attend house meetings and support groups. Clients are asked to attend Monte Nido alumni groups and they must be in individual therapy and seeing a dietitian. A house mother and occasional overnight staff are available to assist clients in their life skills and recovery. A local gym membership is provided and supervised. Clients spend their unscheduled time working on personal assignments, appointments, recovery activities, leisure activities or recreation.
Monte Nido Malibu also provides an independent living house. Many clients feel ready to move away from the semi-structured living situation at the transition house but are not ready to move back home or live on their own. This level offers clients a way to simulate independent living. Clients may participate in some of the group activities at the transitional living house and must attend the weekly house meeting and following group. Clients must have jobs or be in school and must be continuing outside therapy but at this point they shop for their own food and eat unsupervised. Clients who do well in independent living demonstrate the ability to move on in life with continued success and full recovery.
Some facilities may also provide day treatment. For example, in Brentwood California, we have a day treatment program called "The Eating Disorder Center of California" [EDCC]. Day treatment programs vary but often provide programming 6-8 hours per day, 6 days a week, as offered at the EDCC. Day treatment provides an important level of care for those who need more than out-patient therapy, but less than residential care. Day treatment is often tried prior to admission to one of our residential programs, but also serves as an important step down aftercare program. For more information ask about our day treatment options.
Carolyn Costin started as a private practice therapist in 1978 and over the years has trained numerous eating disorder specialists. Her private practice, Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc., offers outpatient therapy in several cities throughout Southern California. Community Counseling provides out-patient treatment for clients in the hopes and expectation that this will be the maximum level of care required. Graduates of Monte Nido and the EDCC [who did not come in with a referring therapist] are also able to take advantage of out-patient care and support as they continue to transition into full recovery.
At all of our facilities, we will arrange for out-patient services on an as-needed basis both prior to admission and after completion of our programs.