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Bright Road Recovery Response to COVID-19

Updated 3/19/2020: Bright Road Recovery’s PHP & IOP Services provided online!

The safety of our patients, medical, clinical and administrative staff is always our top priority. We are closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of infection at our treatment facilities. We have moved our programming for IOP and PHP levels of care to an online format while COVID-19 remains a concern.

We are able to admit new patients to our online program and will arrange for medical clearance and oversight as appropriate for each new patient’s needs.

We know how important community and connection are and the part they play in recovery. We plan to return to in-person treatment as soon as it is advisable to do so.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We remain open and available as we navigate these uncertain and challenging times together.

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Inland Empire’s Premier Eating Disorder Treatment Program Awarded Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Bright Road Recovery announces that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (PRWEB) December 02, 2019 —Bright Road Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Bright Road Recovery underwent a rigorous onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Behavioral Health Care standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

“We are glad and honored to have received this accreditation. The Joint Commission is widely recognized for setting the standard for excellence in treatment centers,” said Tamson Overholtzer, LMFT, CEDS, Founder and CEO. “By achieving this accreditation, we are able to demonstrate our commitment to providing excellent care to our patients at all levels of treatment. This helps us carry out our mission to help patients create a life that no longer includes an eating disorder.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Bright Road Recovery for its quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“I’m so proud of our entire team. Our clinicians and support staff are dedicated in their efforts to provide the best quality of care for our patients,” said Overholtzer.

Bright Road Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program was founded in Claremont, California in 2014 by Tamson Overholtzer, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified eating disorder specialist. This small, private eating disorder program is focused on bringing eating disorder the full continuum of care to adults 18+; Residential Treatment Center, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), outpatient psychotherapy and outpatient nutrition counseling. Located in the Historic Claremont Village, Bright Road Recovery focuses on the important work of trauma treatment, evidence based therapies and integrative care. The program includes EMDR therapy, nutrition counseling, yoga and mindfulness training, DBT, CBT, art therapy and other adjunctive treatment modalities.

For more information visit or call 909-624-7070 for information and admissions.

Katie Ingram, Marketing and Media Coordinator
Cassie Randazzo, Intake and Admissions Coordinator

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center Opens In Claremont, CA

Bright Road Recovery’s new residential eating disorder treatment program, now open in Claremont, CA, means that the Inland Empire community can seek treatment closer to home. Bright Road Recovery, the Inland Empire’s premier eating disorder treatment program, now offers residential treatment in addition to all levels of outpatient care.

CLAREMONT, Calif. (PRWEB) November 19, 2019 — Bright Road Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Program has announced the opening of their residential treatment center in Claremont, California. As the first to bring residential eating disorder treatment to the Inland Empire, Bright Road Recovery is committed to increasing the local community’s access to excellent eating disorder care.

Bright Road Recovery’s residential treatment center is an intimate and intensive program for adult women who are experiencing an eating disorder and co-occurring conditions such as PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and other mental health disorders. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to treat the whole person. Group sessions utilize evidence-based therapies such as CBT and DBT, and are enhanced by art therapy, mindfulness, yoga, and other creative and engaging modalities. Individual therapy sessions offer patients the opportunity to benefit from EMDR so they can begin to process trauma that may perpetuate eating disorder symptoms.

Nutrition stabilization, education and counseling are also a large component of Bright Road Recovery’s program. Registered dietitians and the dietetics team guide patients in supported meals and meal preparation. Patients also participate in exposure and response prevention sessions such as meal outings in the community and grocery shopping.

Bright Road Recovery’s new residential treatment program compliments their outpatient program, also located in Claremont. The outpatient program located at 428 Harrison Avenue in the Claremont Village offers outpatient psychotherapy, outpatient nutrition counseling, intensive outpatient program and partial hospitalization program services. Bright Road Recovery professionals treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and can work with adolescents and adults who have eating disorders complicated by other diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“Many Inland Empire residents have had to travel a long way to find eating disorder care. We want to make it easier for our community to find the help they need. Adding residential treatment to the services we provide brings a much needed component of care to the adult women in our community who are experiencing an eating disorder,” stated Tamson Overholtzer, LMFT, CEDS, founder and CEO.

Bright Road Recovery is accepting referrals for admission at all levels of care. Those interested can contact the admissions department at 909-624-7070 to learn more.

Bright Road Recovery is the Inland Empire’s premier eating disorder treatment program and was founded in Claremont, California in 2014 by Tamson Overholtzer, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified eating disorder specialist. This small, private eating disorder program is focused on bringing eating disorder care to the community for adults and adolescents. Bright Road Recovery is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Katie Ingram, Marketing and Media Coordinator
Cassie Randazzo, Intake and Admissions Coordinator


When Healthy Eating Becomes Dangerous

By Claire St John, MPH RD

Diet buzzwords are everywhere these days, from eating ‘clean’ to ‘pure’ to paleo to raw veganism. Although these terms have nebulous definitions, many people take up the banner of their personal food plan, encouraging others to do the same.

For some people, eating better means buying whole foods and organic produce when possible. But for others, eating a ‘perfect’ diet becomes an unhealthy obsession that takes over their lives. At its worst, it can result in malnourishment, mental, behavioral and health issues.

It’s ironic that an effort to eat better could compromise health, but that’s what Dr. Steven Bratman noticed in the 1990s when he coined the term ‘orthorexia,’ derived from the Greek for ‘correct eating.’ Before he was a doctor, Bratman lived on a commune with people who argued against cutting vegetables for fear of losing nutrients. Others avoided plants from the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants. Although many of his friends and eventually patients touted their healthful diets, Dr. Bratman observed their health declining.

As a Registered Dietitian who works with eating disordered patients, I’ve seen the effects of orthorexia first-hand. People with orthorexia tend to focus on what they eat rather than how much they eat,as in cases of anorexia nervosa. The results, however, are similar. Both the anorexic and the orthorexic tend to be dangerously underweight, and their labs show low iron and low total protein.

“It’s important to know that someone can start out with orthorexia and slip into the psychological symptoms of anorexia,” said Tamson Overholtzer, Director of Bright Road Recovery in Claremont Village and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. “When this happens, the focus is not just on the perfect diet, but also on fear of weight gain.”

Unlike anorexia, orthorexia can hide in plain sight, and is often unwittingly encouraged by friends and family who admire the orthorexic’s willpower and dedication to diet.The disorder can begin innocently, with something as simple as a resolution to eat better.

Magazine articles, news segments and a billion Internet sites constantly promote the “hot, new diet.” People cut out gluten without knowing what, exactly, it is. Dairy is demonized daily and sugar and carbohydrates are called poison by people with Ph.Ds. It’s no surprise that people don’t know what to eat, and as the headlines pile up, they might cut foods out of their diet almost randomly.

Eliminating entire food groups can lead to nutrient deficiencies, but as health fails, the obsession with healthy eating can intensify. Feelings of fatigue are assumed to be due to toxic foods lingering in the diet. Insatiable cravings for ‘forbidden foods’ are chalked up to the addictive attributes of the American food supply instead of simple hunger and undernourishment.

Because the diet is so restrictive, it becomes difficult to eat at restaurants. The orthorexic might carry his food around with him, because restaurants and stores can’t meet his high standards.

Eating at friends’ houses is out, because it’s burdensome listing all the foods he can’t eat. People don’t seem to understand anymore. They say he’s lost too much weight, but losing weight is a good thing, right? When the right foods aren’t available, the orthorexic will skip meals rather than contaminate his body.

Oftentimes, neither the orthorexic nor his family and friends realize there is a problem until it becomes very serious. Because healthy eating has taken on nearly religious status in our culture, those who eliminate ‘bad’ foods are celebrated.

When someone comes to me  for help with their restrictive eating patterns, I start them on a meal plan that includes starches, proteins, fats, fruits and vegetables in amounts that will support their bodies. In Meal Support sessions we eat together, allowing me to help each client through the anxiety of eating ‘forbidden foods.’

In these sessions, I usually remind my clients of the basic nutrition information that they’ve replaced with an ornate structure of food rules, misinformation and fear.

Yes, she knows essential fatty acids are necessary for survival, that protein is required for life, that carbohydrates are the best source of energy and the brain runs on glucose. But their diets were so healthy!

Treatment isn’t always necessary if early intervention is possible. If you or someone you love might be slipping into orthorexia or anorexia, a meeting with a therapist or Registered Dietitian who understands eating disorders can be life-changing..

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of early intervention,” Overholtzer said. “The sooner the symptoms are addressed with a dietitian or therapist, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome and avoid needing additional treatment intervention.”

Many people just need a reminder of what healthy eating looks like, what the body needs for peak performance and some real information about food and nutrition.


–We originally posted this article June 2016.


Bright Road Recovery Now Accepts Anthem Blue Cross and Aetna Insurance

Bright Road Recovery is now contracted with Anthem Blue Cross & Aetna InsuranceClaremont, California:  Bright Road Recovery Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Center now accepts Aetna Health and Anthem Blue Cross insurance, significantly expanding access to treatment for the Inland Empire. The addition of these insurers makes higher levels of outpatient care, including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, more affordable and easier to attend for many more individuals who live in Claremont and surrounding areas.

Finding expert eating disorder care in the Inland Empire has been a challenge for many. “We’ve often heard of patients having to drive fifty, sixty miles or more per day—sometimes each way—to receive eating disorder help,” says Tamson Overholtzer, Bright Road Recovery’s executive director and certified eating disorder specialist.  “Now that we are in-network with both Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross, finding and accessing this type of specialized treatment will be so much easier for many who live in our community.”

Eating disorders are among the most serious and complicated psychiatric disorders.

  • Eating disorder prevalence is approximately 2-4% of the total population, meaning that between 80,000 to 160,000 individuals in the Inland Empire will have an eating disorder at any given time;
  • Marginalized populations have an even higher incidence of eating disorders than the general population, yet they tend to be the most under-identified and have the most difficulty accessing care;
  • 4-5% of those experiencing an eating disorder will die as a result of their disorder;
  • Approximately 10% of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa will die as a result of their disorder, making it the deadliest of all psychiatric disorders.
  • Eating disorders are treatable—recovery rates increase dramatically with treatment and early intervention.

“With all that we know about how serious eating disorders are, it’s important to make sure that local health care includes access to excellent eating disorder treatment,” asserts Overholtzer.  “Contracting with these two large insurers takes us closer to the goal of making sure that anyone who needs treatment can receive it.”  Other insurance companies use Aetna and Anthem to manage their mental/behavioral health benefits.  “If you don’t see your insurer listed on our website, we still encourage you to call us,” Overholtzer urges. “Sometimes your small insurer is contracted with a larger company like Aetna or Anthem. If not, sometimes all it takes is to hear from a subscriber that they need help in their local community for an insurer to realize there is a need for additional services. We want to help folks who are trying to navigate the system to get connected to resources, whether with us or someone else.”

About the Company: Bright Road Recovery is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing care at the intensive outpatient program and partial hospitalization program levels.  Bright Road Recovery also offers outpatient psychotherapy for individuals and families and professional nutritional counseling by registered dietitians. Located in the historic Claremont Village, Bright Road Recovery has easy freeway and Metrolink access.  Parking is easy and plentiful in their private lot. For more information, please visit