Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

Soul Food...

Soul Food Treats Eating Disorders “If Soul Food were in a pill, doctors would be prescribing it!” ~ Internist Mary Ellen Bluntzer, MD

"When I arrived in Soul Food, I was hopeless and broken down. I had been fighting for years on my own trying to get abstinence and failing until I gave up. In the 'circle of chairs,' I learned to connect to myself, others, and God. In 'the circle of chairs,' I lost the constant negative self-talk, bondage of eating disorder, and loneliness. In the 'circle of chairs,' I have gained peace, hope, freedom, clarity, and a community. Soul Food has provided an unending circle of love and support where God was able to help get my feet on the recovery path." ~ J.N.

"I have been battling the eating disorder of bulimia for 30 years. I have been to many treatment centers, seen psychiatrists, taken prescription medication, seen therapists, and spent tens of thousands of dollar in an effort to be free of my disease. Dozens of well-intended people and institutions have tried to teach me how to be free of disordered eating by managing my relationship with food. It was not until I joined Soul Food that I learned that bulimia is 'NOT ABOUT THE FOOD'! Lois and her program taught me how to fill the void in my life – the 'Hole in My Soul' – that is the root of my disorder. After joining Soul Food, I became abstinent form bulimia for nearly six months…the longest freedom from my disease in my lifetime. Soul Food taught me to love and forgive myself. It taught me to surrender my life to a Higher Power. It gave me back my self-esteem and sense of well-being and has allowed me to love and be loved. Soul Food has given me back my LIFE!" ~ M.L.

Soul Food . . . is an Intensive Outpatient Program designed for the medically stable adult man or woman who is struggling with a variety of eating disorders, including Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, and Binge Eating.

Clients participate in individual and group therapy as well as multi-family group and a family workshop. We use a variety of evidence based treatment models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapies, along with the 12 Step Model.


  • Individualized Treatment Plan
  • Continuing Care/Discharge Plan
  • Coordination with Referral Source
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Group & Multi-Family Group Therapy


The question is often asked about the length of the program. The best way to describe it, is that the length of the program is determined by the rate at which the client accomplishes their treatment goals.

  • Phase I – Usually 2 to 3 months.

    • Clients
      • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
      • 12:00 Noon M-W Therapeutic Meal Support Group (client brings their meal to Solutions)
      • 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday (Multi-Family Process Group)

    • Family Members
      • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday - Family Education Group.
      • 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday (Multi-Family Process Group)

  • Phase II (Two Days a Week) - For most clients this phase will be 4 weeks.

    • Clients - It is recommended for them to continue attending Thursday evening for Multi-Family Group along with their family members.

    • Family Members– 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday.
  • Phase III (Available to all client and family alumni for as long as needed or wanted.)

    • Clients –“Aftercare” – every Monday 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Free of Charge

    • Alumni Association for Clients & for Family Members

  • Screening and Assessment – This is conducted before admission to treatment and a family member or significant support person must accompany the client to this appointment.
  • Clients - Group Counseling – Each client is required to attend all scheduled group sessions. Counselors facilitate each session. The client participating in group will become better able to accept themselves and others on a feeling level through a process of confrontation, honesty, and support. Using that process, the client will become more familiar with their defenses, feelings, and values while finding constructive tools to deal with life situations rather than using their eating disorder. Research shows this to be most effective with people struggling with compulsive and addictive issues.


Education Group

12 Step Process Group

Co-Dependency Group

Nutrition Group

Grief & Anger Group

Stress Management Group

Body Image Group

Meditation/Mindfulness Group

Spirituality Group

Spirituality Group

Experiential Group

Relapse Prevention Group

Assignment & Step Presentation – This is one of the most important groups. It allows clients to present their treatment plan assignments to their group members in order to receive feedback.

  • Clients – Individual Counseling - Clients are required to schedule an appointment with their primary counselor once a week. This experience provides a trusting and meaningful relationship for the client with his or her primary counselor. Individual needs, assessments, feedback, and treatment planning are integral parts of this service.
  • Family –Family Counseling - This is on an as needed basis. Family members are encouraged to bring most concerns and issues to Family Group on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  • Individual Family Members -Individual family counseling session may be scheduled.
  • Clients and Family Members – Clients and their family members may schedule a family counseling appointment.

    This is without question the most important week of the client’s treatment. Clients are encouraged to invite most all of their family members who are significant to their recovery. Your counselor will discuss with you and your family the best timing for your weekend and the appropriateness of those to invite. This is a therapeutic decision.
  • Date – Your family weekend will most likely occur sometime after your 6th week of treatment. All family weekends are scheduled on the 3rd weekend of each month.
  • Hours
      • Friday night 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      • Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
      • Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (if needed)

      Family Weekend is a complete process in itself and therefore individuals are not able to attend parts of it without attending the whole weekend. However, if you have questions or conflicts with being able to attend, please contact your primary counselor or your family counselor. We will do our best to find a solution. We ask family members to consider this weekend as the most important three days of their clients life.

    • Phase I – Client & Family Members are asked to get a Sponsor in addition to Twelve Step Meetings

      • Clients
        • Who Work or Are in School – Attend a minimum of 3 ABA, CEA-HOW, OA, EDA or phone meetings each week (including Friday, Saturday & Sunday.)
        • Who Are Not Working or Not in School – Attend an ABA, CEA-HOW, OA, EDA or phone meeting daily (Monday –Thursday) in addition to Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

      • Family Members are asked to attend at least 2 Al-Anon/Families Anonymous meetings a week.

    • Phase II

      • Clients
        • Who Work or Are in School – In addition to attending meetings Friday, Saturday & Sunday, now attend meetings on the days not in attendance at Solutions.
        • Who Are Not Working or Not in School – Continue attending meetings as in Phase I (daily.)

    • Phase III (Aftercare)

      • Clients – 90 meetings in 90 days is recommended.

      • Family Members – 2 meetings a week is recommended.

    • Clients
      • Are asked not to have any alcohol or illicit drugs while they are in treatment.
      • Are asked to take prescription drugs only as directed by a physician that knows they are in treatment and one that understand addictions.
      • Are asked to remove certain foods from their home that are toxic to them and/or trigger their eating disorder.

    • Family Members
      • Are also asked to abstain from use of any alcohol and illicit drugs during treatment.
      • Are asked that all alcohol and illicit drugs be removed from the house as well.
      • Are asked to support the suggested home/environment changes that contribute towards the client’s recovery.


        Urinalysis Drug Screen (UA) – The specimens are collected in our office under staff supervision or brought in by family. They are performed randomly and the cost is added to your weekly statement.


      Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) – EAP is an emerging treatment modality that utilizes horse-handling activities to generate powerful therapeutic metaphors that reflect their relationship with themselves, with others and especially with their eating disorder.