Is Inpatient Treatment Effective for Eating Disorders?

Is Inpatient Treatment Effective for Eating Disorders?Eating disorders are extremely unhealthy habits stemming from emotional disturbances. Anorexia (or self starving) and bulimia (binge eating followed by purging) are the most common eating disorders. Eating disorders often result in extreme malnutrition, health problems, depression, and can sometimes be fatal.

Eating disorders are caused by a variety of biological and environmental issues, and often occur in individuals who suffer from other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Many eating disorder sufferers also develop substance abuse problems.

How Eating Disorders Work

The nature of eating disorders is to have absolute control over when, how, and what you eat. However, this is deceptive because the eating disorder begins to control you and every part of your life. Any emotional pain is suppressed and controlled through food. Instead of dealing with stress and unhappiness in a healthy way, people suffering from eating disorders ignore what is really bothering them.

What Happens in Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders?

By entering into inpatient treatment, you will be removed from any negative relationships and daily stress that may affect eating habits. While entering inpatient treatment is disruptive and emotionally painful, eating disorders are life-threatening; for many patients the only way to get effective treatment is to enter into a controlling environment to replace the control that food has on you. By entering inpatient treatment, you will be able to uncover what is causing your eating disorder and replace them with healthy habits.

Inpatient treatment is more effective than separate counseling and medical care because the doctors and treatment center staff are working together as a team, and you are focusing on recovery without stress from daily life. Inpatient treatment helps in the following ways:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring disorders –often there are other mental health issues that occur with eating disorders, such as clinical depression, anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder. The symptoms from these problems help eating disorders develop, and both must be treated for the patient to recover.
  • Addiction treatment—people with eating disorders may also abuse drugs or alcohol. Addiction will be taken into account and treated along with the eating disorder.
  • Therapy—you will receive individual and group therapy to help you learn how to deal with your emotions and stress in a positive way, and how to rebuild social skills.
  • Nutritional counseling—a dietician trained to work with eating disorders will discuss healthy eating habits and diet with you, and help you learn to have a positive relationship with food

Help for Eating Disorders

If you are suffering from an eating disorder, get help now. You can be healthy and happy without letting food control you. Call us at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline; we can help you decide what kind of treatment is right for you.