| By Lisa Parham |
And this is why…
Did you know that every 62 minutes someone dies from an eating disorder? Did you know over 20 million women and over 10 million men suffer from eating disorders? Did you know over half of teenage girls and a third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, vomiting, and taking laxatives? We have help for those struggling with eating disorders right here in WNC.
Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Tapestry began its women’s residential eating disorder program over 10 years ago. Tapestry provides a unique non-clinical atmosphere and a safe healing place for women and children in search of peace from the eating disorders in which they struggle.
Tapestry Women’s Program
Tapestry is licensed and CARF accredited as a six-bed Residential Treatment Center and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). We offer “real life” treatment approaches and can individualize treatment needs, including having clients shop for and prepare their meals with staff support. We have therapeutic meal outings each week where clients practice meeting their meal plan and also eat foods that are triggers for them. Our clients have access to the Internet and cell phones. The goal is for clients to experience the triggers and struggles they have at home while at Tapestry so we can teach them the skills needed when they return home. Our clients are high functioning women who deserve and want to maintain their dignity while in treatment. Our treatment team does everything within their power to provide this.
Typically, our clients attend the residential program for eight weeks and then step down to PHP for two to six weeks depending on their needs. PHP is where women are in treatment during the day only. The program includes: EMDR, Yoga, Art, Music, and Equine Therapy for both group and individual therapy.
Tapestry Adolescent Program
This program was developed after years of having local parents seek treatment for their children who are struggling with disordered eating. There were no local or regional program options. The adolescent program is modeled after our women’s program and is a family-based therapy model. We are licensed for PHP programs. We are currently operating an after school program with the hopes of becoming a residential program for children in the near future.
Assistance for those who cannot afford eating disorder treatment
Now that you know a little more about Tapestry and our programs that benefit WNC, let’s talk about the need to help those who cannot afford eating disorder treatment. We all know insurance doesn’t cover all of our medical needs. There are high co-pays and in some cases no coverage. Children have the toughest time getting eating disorder treatment covered by insurance, or perhaps do not have insurance at all.
The Executive Director of Tapestry, Tina Nowak, RN, felt there had to be a way to help those women and children. Tina has opened a donor-advised fund at Community Foundation of Henderson County. The Eating Disorder Recovery Fund will support nonprofits that provide education and awareness of eating disorders. Also, it will support nonprofits that can provide funding for women and children in need.
Healing Through The Arts 2017: Silent Auction & Reception, May 18, 2017
Tapestry will hold its first event to raise money for the Eating Disorder Recovery fund, May 18, 2017 at First Citizen’s Bank on Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. Healing Through The Arts will have art for purchase through silent auction. The focus of the art is to bring awareness to art therapy utilized during eating disorder recovery or by anyone who has healed through art.
We are excited to have the artist Bethany Adams, of Bethany Joy Art painting, demonstrating on the evening of the event. We already have some great partners as well: Sanctuary Brewing, Park Ridge Health, Vaya Health, and The Seifried Family. If you want to support the event by attending, being a sponsor or donating art, you may contact Tapestry Eating Disorder Program at 855-396-2604.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Eating Disorder Recovery Fund at Community Foundation of Henderson County. If you cannot attend yet would like to give to the Eating Disorder Recovery Fund, perhaps in memory or in honor of a loved one, you may do so by going to https:/www.cfhcforever.org/caring-giving/eating-disorder-recovery-fund.
Lisa Parham is the Tapestry Director of Community Outreach