Starting Over After Eating Disorder and Addiction

Starting Over After Eating Disorder and AddictionAn eating disorder can wreak havoc on more than your physical health. It can leave you mentally and emotionally distraught, and it can fray the ties of friendship and support from family members. With proper eating disorder treatment that addresses all of your emotional and physical needs you will be in a much better position to start over on a new path of good health and emotional wellbeing.

Identifying an Eating Disorder

Recognizing an eating disorder can help you or your loved one recognize the need for eating disorder help. The following are symptoms of eating disorders:

  • Preoccupation with counting calories or measuring portion sizes
  • Obsessing over how many calories something might contain
  • Excessive exercising to the point of being near dehydration or passing out
  • Rapid weight loss and an obsession with the idea of being overweight
  • Low self-esteem and a constant stream of negativity about self or appearance
  • Frequent trips to the restroom after eating
  • Health concerns that can include dental damage, heart palpitations, developing diabetes or low blood pressure

Opening up a Dialogue about Disordered Eating

It can be difficult to understand how to talk with someone with an eating disorder, especially if there is an associated drug or alcohol addiction. However if you get the assistance of an interventionist, then you will be in a good position to stage an eating disorder or addiction intervention. The following are a few tips that might help you with an eating disorder intervention:

  • When staging an eating disorder intervention you need to remember that the intervention is not an opportunity to attack the person struggling with the eating disorder
  • An anorexia or bulimia intervention serves as an opportunity to share concerns for the health, safety and overall wellbeing of the person that you love
  • An intervention is your opportunity to show the person struggling with the eating disorder that there is help and support available
  • An intervention is an opportunity to demonstrate how eating disorders and addiction take over a person’s life

The Path to Recovery from Eating Disorders or Addiction

An eating disorder is not all about food, as it goes much deeper than a relationship with food and touches on self-esteem, control and a person’s ability to cope with life. You can help someone with an eating disorder once they have left the eating disorder treatment facility by dong the following:

  • Providing non-judgmental support
  • Attending support groups and doctor’s appointments
  • Helping with personal projects that will rebuild sense of self
  • Letting the recovering individual know that you believe in him or her

Eating Disorder and Addiction Help Today

If you need to get eating disorder help for yourself or for a loved one, please give our toll-free helpline a call. We have knowledgeable and compassionate counselors who can help you overcome an eating disorder or can explain how to help a loved one who is struggling. We can even help you arrange insurance coverage for treatment. We are here 24 hours a day, and all call are confidential. We are here to help you begin your journey to wellness.