On Friday, May 25, AKUA Mind & Body held an Open House to introduce a new Eating Disorders Track, called, Malana. Malana is a specialized track, designed specifically to treat women who are diagnosed with comorbid substance use disorders and eating disorders. AKUA invited professionals from the local community to learn about the new Eating Disorders Track offered exclusively for women in Orange County, California, tour the Malana House and meet AKUA’s clinical team.
What is Malana?
Malana is AKUA’s new Eating Disorder Track for women. It is a small, specialized treatment track that provides a safe and healing environment for women, so they can focus on healing their mind, body and spirit. AKUA is offering the six-bed track for women who have been diagnosed with a co-occurring substance use disorder and eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
AKUA’s new Eating Disorder Track addresses the complex relationship between substance abuse and eating disorders and ensures that women receive specialized care for both conditions at the same time. Built with compassion and integrity, AKUA’s unique Eating Disorder Track offers:
- A small, specialized residence with 24/7 clinical staff
- Individual, group and family therapy sessions
- Doctors, clinicians, case managers, registered dietitians and eating disorder specialists are specially-trained to treat comorbid substance abuse and eating disorders
- Morning meditations, yoga and gentle exercise to help you feel more in tune with your body and mind
- Clinical groups on topics such as Trauma & Codependency, Acupuncture, Art Therapy, Process Groups, Reiki and Sound Healing
- Outside activities and team building
- Nutrition education, group meals, meal prep, menu planning, food exposures, restaurant, outings and more
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Eating Disorder Anonymous (EDA) Meetings
Meet Our Compassionate Clinical Team
AKUA’s compassionate clinical team is highly trained to treat substance use disorders at the same time as eating disorders. With 25 years of experience in treating patients with eating disorders, and as the former president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), AKUA’s Medical Director Vicki Berkus, M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, is experienced in working with patients diagnosed with eating disorders at all levels of care. AKUA’s Malana Eating Disorder Track Program Manager, Ellyn Silverman, R.D., MPH, CEDRD, also has expertise in a wide area of practice, from integrating nutritional healing into addiction and recovery care to nutrition therapy in eating disorders. Dedicated to providing treatment that encompasses the body and mind, Lauren Cabaldon, MA, LMFT, AKUA’s Clinical Director, helps patients with substance use disorders gain valuable insight and experience in making healthy and positive choices in their lives.
- Read this related article: “The complicated relationship between substance abuse and eating disorders“
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