The typical length of stay at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders is 14-21 days. Upon discharge, each patient meets the following medical stabilization criteria for safe transition to an eating disorder treatment program for their continued eating disorder recovery:
- Consuming a targeted number of calories per day determined on a patient-by-patient basis based on ACUTE's weight restoration goals
- Has received medical detoxification from purging mechanism and any co-occurring alcohol or substance abuse
- Has alleviated any complications associated with cessation of all purging methods (vomiting, laxative abuse and diuretic abuse)
- Has normal or steadily normalizing labs and is no longer in need of electrolyte supplementation, such as potassium or phosphorous
- Is physically strong enough to engage in traditional inpatient or residential programming
We strongly encourage each patient to continue their eating disorder recovery at a traditional inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment program of their choice once medically stable. Every patient will be assigned a dedicated clinical social worker upon admission. Your social worker will assist you in planning a safe discharge to ensure your success upon completion of the ACUTE program. If you need assistance identifying the best course of treatment, or finding a treatment center to meet your needs, they will be happy to guide you and offer recommendations to make your transition as seamless as possible.