CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - Summer time often invokes images of vacations and relaxation for many adolescents and their families, but for those struggling with eating disorders and related co-occurring issues like addiction, trauma and mood disorders, it may be an ideal time to seek treatment.
"Since many teens aren't in school, the additional stress of educational work and activities are removed so they can focus on getting the help they need," said SooMi Lee-Samuel MD, medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. "Delaying treatment can be detrimental as adolescents can become sick very quickly because their bodies are still growing and developing. It's critical to pursue treatment as soon as a problem is identified."
Dr. Lee-Samuel leads the medical staff at Timberline Knolls, a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls in the Chicago area, who are struggling with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders.
Many components to treatment can lead to recovery. At Timberline Knolls, residents engage in individual, family, art and other expressive therapies. In addition, being in a milieu with other adolescents where they can see they are not the only ones working towards recovery, helps with healing from these devastating disorders.
"A child's medical and mental health should always take priority over a summer vacation," adds Dr. Lee-Samuel. "Sometimes even a few days will make the difference between a successful recovery and a very prolonged and painful recovery process."
With eating disorders and the myriad of issues that can co-occur, early intervention is critical as it will help with a quicker recovery.
"Treatment is not just for the adolescent, but for the family," adds Dr. Lee-Samuel. "Watching someone you love slowly waste away and get even more ill is painful and traumatic in its own way. We work with the entire family to achieve a healthy and happier home environment."
About Timberline Knolls:
Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 to 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook - Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn - Timberline Knolls and Twitter - @TimberlineToday.