Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Eating disorder treatment centersIf you are seeking a treatment center for an eating disorder, the choices available may seem overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of treatment options available. This guide is designed to help you narrow your decision, learn more about your options and find help to choose the right treatment for you or your loved one.

What sort of treatment is right for me?

Seeking treatment for an eating disorder is an important decision. Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder are notoriously hard to treat and are the most deadly of all mental health conditions. Furthermore, most people with eating disorders remain in denial for a very long time and very few ever seek treatment on their own.

The first step to overcoming an eating disorder is introducing the treatment. Many families employ the use of trained interventionists or counselors to aid them in gently confronting their loved one about the eating disorder. A good interventionist will take time to meet with the individual and the family in order to determine the best level of care necessary.

Because most eating disorders are chronic (long term and hard to fight), it is very often best to begin treatment with an inpatient (stay overnight) treatment center that understands the nature of eating disorders and has worked with eating disorder clients before.

Substance abuse is also involved in over half of all eating disorder cases. It may be wise to consult with a dual diagnosis treatment center on behalf of your loved one. A dual diagnosis treatment center treats both a mental illness and a substance abuse problem, often with much better results than a normal mental health facility.

A quality treatment center will provide you or your loved one with a solid discharge plan. This plan provides the patient with follow-up care that often involves intensive outpatient care, individual counseling, group care and psychiatry follow-up.

Eating Disorder Treatment Terms

In order to better help yourself or your loved one, you may want to be familiar with these terms:

  • Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment: This is treatment that lasts several weeks (often between 30 to 90 days) in which the patient learns about major life changes and adjusts to healthier living under the care of specially trained staff. This is the most effective eating disorder treatment.
  • Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment: This treatment allows the patient to go home every night. This is not the most effective treatment as the patient may engage in harmful behaviors once he or she gets home. However, it can be helpful in some cases and functions as a wonderful follow-up to inpatient treatment.
  • Psychiatry: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental illness. A psychiatrist often prescribes mental health medications but does not usually spend a long time working with the patient.
  • Counselors (Licensed Professional Counselors), Social Workers (LCSWs) and Marriage and Family Counselors (LMFTs): These professionals are the backbone of any eating disorder treatment. These are the people who work directly with the person suffering with the eating disorder to work things out on an emotional and mental level. These professionals are essential to treatment of an eating disorder.
  • Group Therapy: As often seen in the movies with individuals sitting in circles discussing their feelings, group therapy is also used in eating disorder treatment. One risk to extensive group therapy when dealing with eating disorders is that the group members may share eating disorder “tips” with one another. This can be guarded against with a trained and thorough group leader, who should always be a counselor (LPC), social worker, or marriage and family counselor.

Need Help Finding Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders?

We offer a toll free 24-hour treatment helpline to help you find treatment solutions for you or your loved one. Our trained counselors are available every day to guide you through decisions about levels of treatment, treatment centers, eating disorder help, eating disorder intervention planning and more. Please don’t risk losing your life or the life of your loved one—call today.