Rehab Options for Eating Disorders

Rehab options for eating disordersEating disorders can include the following:

  • Anorexia, or restricted eating and over-exercising
  • Bulimia, or binging on food and then purging the body through laxatives or vomiting
  • Overeating, or out of control eating

These disorders are both physically and mentally destructive. They can easily turn into chronic life patterns that erode a person’s wellbeing, even to the point of death. Eating disorders are most easily treated when they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages.

Isolation and Eating Disorders

Often, people with eating disorders will go for years before addressing their problems. This is because of the mental disorientation that has occurred as one develops the habits of control concerning weight, body image and food consumption. Secrecy and denial are key factors in eating disorders, and sufferers may not be aware their actions or thoughts are problematic.

Secrecy and denial lead to isolation. It becomes easier not to be social and not to go out. This keeps the questions from coming or any inquiring comments about weight gain or loss. The person suffering from the eating disorder may emotionally lock out those who could be potential avenues of healing and help.

Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation for Eating Disorders

Eating disorder rehab often begins with inpatient care. Outpatient care does exist through such resources as group therapy and 12-step programs and may be helpful for some, but the following are some unique features of inpatient care:

  • Controlled environments help break the ritualization and compulsion that many sufferers of eating disorders have created
  • Clinicians and therapists are able to make more comprehensive observations of emotional reactions, relational issues and even medication effectiveness
  • Reduction of the stress and responsibilities of daily life
  • Removal of some environmental triggers
  • Patients develop greater trust with their therapist or recovery team through ongoing interaction
  • Patients discover shared experiences and emotions from others at the treatment facility which may lower defenses and allow necessary vulnerability

The Team Approach to Eating Disorder Rehabilitation

Successful eating disorder rehab needs a comprehensive team. Patients receive the best care when team members are in contact with one another about the progress or concerns they see. Rehab team members may include the following:

  • Physician
  • Nutritionist/dietician
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social worker
  • Pastor or other clergy member

The team approach is most likely taken in any residential or inpatient eating disorder treatment. However, each facility differs, so it is important to ask questions before choosing the right course of rehabilitation.

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