Eating disorder treatment centers are becoming more and more common as eating disorders become more widely understood. These days, eating disorder help is within reach for most people.
Getting Eating Disorder Help
If you suspect you might have an eating disorder, you need to get help as soon as possible. Eating disorders can be deadly without proper treatment.
We recommend that you seek treatment at a treatment center that specializes in eating disorders. Of course, this may not always be possible. You may not live near an eating disorder treatment center, or your health insurance may not cover services there. However, it may be worth it to travel for treatment or to pay out-of-pocket if you can.
If you can’t seek eating disorder help from a specialized treatment center, you can get help from your local mental health clinic or the psychiatric unit at a local hospital. In a moment we’ll tell you what to expect from eating disorder treatment centers, and if you seek help at a mental health clinic or hospital psychiatric unit, make sure you are able to get the same services offered at specialized treatment centers. Those are the services you will need in order to recover.
If you must, you can piece together your own treatment team, including a medical doctor, a mental health care provider, and a licensed dietitian. If you go this route, make sure the members of your treatment team have experience dealing with eating disorders and that they will communicate with one another in order to coordinate your care.
What To Expect From A Treatment Center
Eating disorder treatment centers will provide a number of services, all of which are vital to a successful recovery. When investigating treatment centers, make sure the following services are available.
First, a treatment center should offer medical care. There are numerous medical complications of eating disorders, so the admissions process should include a thorough physical examination. In some cases, a patient may require IV fluids or even tube feeding.
Secondly, a treatment center should offer mental health care. This should include both group and individual psychotherapy. In addition, psychiatric care should be available if needed. A psychiatrist can prescribe medication for anxiety and/or depression, as needed.
Finally, the treatment center should provide nutritional education and counseling. Patients should be taught about healthy eating and assisted with menu planning. For inpatient treatment programs, this should go along with the serving of nutritious meals.
In this video a girl in an eating disorder treatment center talks about what its like:
To find eating disorder treatment centers, you can begin by asking your doctor or therapist. (If you have an eating disorder, you need both a doctor and a therapist; look for doctors and therapist that have training and experience in dealing with eating disorders). They may or may not be familiar with specialized treatment centers. They will be able to tell you about local resources, however.
You can check your local yellow pages for treatment centers. Trying looking under “eating disorder help” or under “mental health.”
You can also look at our treatment centers listing. You’ll find many specialized programs available, both on a residential or inpatient basis and outpatient programs.
If you have health insurance, you’ll want to find out what treatment centers and services are covered by your policy. There should be a number to call on your membership card. You may not want to limit yourself to covered programs, though. If you can afford it, it may be worth it to go into a specialized program or to travel for treatment, even if you have to pay for it out-of-pocket.
Finally, you can call the National Eating Disorder Association at 206-382-3587 and ask for a referral. You can also get all kinds of other eating disorder help and information from NEDA.