Eating DisordersEating disorders are affecting increasing numbers or people  of all ages. 
Preoccupations with food and body image can escalate into a pattern of unhealthy eating behavior that, if left untreated, can lead to the potentially life threatening disorders of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.  Individuals often seek to control their lives by embracing a destructive regimen of dieting and overeating, bingeing and purging.
At The Institute of Living we believe that early identification and comprehensive treatment increase the possibility of recovery and health restoration, and minimize the suffering of those afflicted and their families. The Institute of Living offers a specialized program for the treatment of eating disorders in adolescents and adults. The Partial Hospital Service is our primary treatment modality, however, inpatient treatment is available on our general psychiatric unit.  The initial assessment is provided by an eating disorder specialist. Treatment recommendations are geared toward the individual needs of the patient, to provide comprehensive treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
Treatment is provided by a dedicated interdisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, nutritional science,  nursing, social work, and body image therapy.
If a patient is also struggling with chemical dependency, trauma, or other problems, a shared program can be developed with one of the other Institute of Living treatment programs.


Patients may  be referred by health care professionals or schools.  For an initial assessment, please call:

Assessment Center
(860) 545-7200 (Toll-Free 1-800-673-2411)
Hartford Hospital's Health Referral Service
(860) 545-1888 (Toll-Free 1-800-545-7664)
For More Information
For additional information about the program and services, please call:
Paula Holmes, M.S.N., C.S., A.P.R.N.
Clinical Director
(860) 545-7203