Center for Change

Center for Change Orem Utah

Center for Change is a treatment center specializing in helping women and adolescent girls struggling with eating disorders and related, co-occurring behavioral health issues, including substance abuse. Treatment options follow the 12-step model and include individual and group therapy, addiction education, life skills training and relapse prevention skills.


Located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, tucked below the Wasatch Mountains in Orem, Utah, Center for Change offers residential and outpatient treatment services for adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders. Treatment for co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, is provided on a case-by-case basis. The residential program is for women only, but men can participate in the outpatient program.


Center for Change distinguishes itself as being the first eating disorder treatment program to fully implement an intuitive eating recovery model. This method teaches clients how to gradually normalize their relationship with food by learning how to trust their bodies and get in touch with their hunger signals.

All treatment plans are highly individualized, and length of stay varies depending on each client, although residential stays are typically three to seven months for adults and four to fifteen months for adolescents.

After an initial assessment, clients with moderate suicide risk, co-occurring substance abuse issues, or serious medical issues are admitted to an acute inpatient stabilization unit. At this stage, adolescents and adults receive treatment together. Clients who have already engaged in an outpatient program but need immediate medical and/or psychiatric assistance will also be enrolled in the short-term inpatient unit.

Once stabilized, clients enter the residential program, where programming for teens (ages 13 to 17) is separate from adults. Both groups participate in individual counseling and family therapy, as well as one-on-one sessions with a registered dietitian twice per week.

Regular group therapy sessions include therapy techniques such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), supervised eating, nutrition education, and several groups including an Art R.T. Group and a Body Image Group. Clients also participate in semiweekly 12-step meetings, and balance & awareness groups.

Medications are prescribed, if necessary, and a week-long family program, where families learn how to best support their loved one, is held each month. The facility follows up with graduates for up to five years after treatment. Other aftercare options include alumni activities and an intensive three-day workshop.


The center’s treatment team consists of medical doctors, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses, as well as registered dietitians, licensed master’s level or Ph.D. level therapists, experiential therapists, and care technicians.


In the 56,000-square-foot clinic, women live in comfortable, dorm-like rooms with one roommate. Each room either has a private bathroom or shares one with an adjacent room.

Exercise is permitted once clients are medically/psychologically cleared for it, and the facility offers a therapeutic activity called RIMBA (i.e. Reconnecting Intuitive Movement with Balanced Awareness), which is a yoga-based practice designed for eating disorder recovery.


Two alumni polled by to date rated Center for Change with mixed-to-high ratings, recommending it with 3.5 out of five stars, rating its staff’s level of experience and training and its cleanliness 4.5 out of five stars, yet its affordability only two stars. While alum S.K. admitted the program “despite its weaknesses, is the only one that helped,” alum K.B. criticized the facility’s high price and location in a Mormon community, which was “negative for some clients.”

On Google, seven reviewers rated Center for Change on average four out of five stars to date, with five five-star reviews, one two-star, and one one-star review.[1] While the five-star reviewers spoke favorably of their or their loved ones’ experiences at the facility, alum Baileigh felt she was “treated like a criminal” despite writing that “the center has wonderful staff who work there!”


The only former staff member polled by awarded four- and five-star ratings to the facility. The reviewer applauded the center for including families in the recovery process, and added: “I’ve seen so many people learn how to cope with PTSD, depression, anxiety and overcome their eating disorders through the Center for Change!”


Center for Change is in-network with some insurance providers, and accepts out-of-network coverage from others. Private payment is also accepted, and for those who have no insurance at all, discounts are available, though the center does not offer a sliding fee scale. TRICARE for military personnel and family is accepted. Fees do not cover the cost of medication, lab work, or external consultations.


Center for Change Reviews

I love this place been recovered for one year
I was there for two months and never felt religion was ever a issue. I’m not LDS and never felt looked down. The staff is great and really cares about you. The rules are strick, but they are there for a good reason . I was going to die physically or mentally. They saved my life. I made life long friends there. God forbid if I ever get that bad again this is the first place I would go. I have learned so many things while I was there. It is ok to eat food. You don’t always have to go to bed staving just for your mind to tell you that you did a good job. It’s still hard but at least I can eat and not hate myself
Admissions, was not transparent, nor did staff listen to my husband or I during the multiple conversations we had with her leading up to my admit. Lots of repeat information on our part, and I didn’t know I was even going all the way to Orem until 2 days before my admit. Terrible communication. Staff were the saving grace regarding groups. They were impactful and pressingly relatable, so more like that would be helpful. Beyond that, groups were scarce, I feel. There was too much free time, and it felt like we sat for hours on RTC, with minimal to do. Eat and sit basically. You can tell there has been a shift since being bought out by the corporation because it’s run by stringent rules that appear to be for the money and not for comfort of the patients either. The mattresses and pillows are basically what you find in a prison, the care techs rarely knew what was going on during the whole Coronavirus rampage, even though they tried their best, and really did care about our well-being. They would come to work and the patients would update them on changes. There really needed to be more groups driven by us talking directly about our ED struggles, and they may have some learning to do by the Boise location, because they do a wonderful job. I just wouldn’t recommend Orem unless there were some patient-focused changes.
I am so grateful for CFC! Changed my life forever in a positive way. I can not imagine where Id be without the experience I had coming here. 10/10 would recommend. Recovery is hard, but its worth it
They do not start you off easy... they throw you directly into treatment full force. That being said, the strictness and organization of the programming helped me through recovery. I no longer fear sugary foods and I am more at peace with my body. While eating disorder thoughts will always find ways into my head, I now have the skills to push them out and deal with my stressors in a healthy way.