Fighting an eating disorder is a long and difficult battle. Overcoming this war within the mind is a victory that comes only after great effort. At first it seems that there is no battle at all, just some positive experiences, or maybe some feedback that someone is looking better. However, after a while the “good goes bad” and the eating disorder race is on. Hopefully, there is recognition that something awful has happened and the victim reaches out for help, or, at least they are open to considering help even if it is just because of the encouragement from someone who cares about them.
The realization that help is needed is the first step to Recovery.
However, the steps that follow are difficult ones. Finding treatment that is appropriate and affordable are two variables that exist for everyone. It can become very confusing as one seeks a facility that seems to be the “right” fit for them and one that may be near to their home as well as is covered by their insurance.
Evaluating treatment programs is necessary, but, since this is not something one shops for on a regular basis there is usually not much first hand comparison available. Internet descriptions are readily accessible, but still careful scrutiny is advisable.
So what does one look for in a treatment program?
It is imperative that the treatment staff is eating disorder trained and deals exclusively with eating disorders. There are co-existing issues that plague persons with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders, yet, treatment that is provided for this population with the exclusion of other mental health diagnoses is most effective.
Other important things to consider includes the model of treatment (Recovery vs. Addiction) and the structure of the treatment program. Although group therapy is essential, individual and family therapy as well as nutritional therapy provided by qualifies professionals provides a multi-dimensional approach that has been shown to be most helpful.
We have long supported the Recovery Model at Canopy Cove and clearly believe that the work that occurs within individual and family therapy sessions contribute to clients being able to overcome Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders. We provide a minimum of 5 individual contact sessions a week and find that the work that goes on during these times paves the way for the group experiences. Our small group setting of 9 maximum participants in our adult program and 5 in our adolescent program helps to provide opportunities for small groups of no more than 3 or 4 participants at one time. This allows the outcome of some of the individuals in our programs attending group while others in the program are in individual sessions.
So, in summary, it is important that everyone who is struggling with an eating disorder seek help. Hopefully they can find the program that best meets their needs and will be able to continue this treatment for the appropriate length of time. Looking for treatment that addresses Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders exclusively, in a setting that allows for adults and adolescents to be treated separately is the most recommended approach.
Finding a faith based or Christian Based program is important for some. We fully support the significance of reconnecting with one’s religious beliefs and allowing the wilted spirit to be nurtured as a significant contribution to Recovery.
~Lynda A. Brogdon, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., C.E.A.P.
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Canopy Cove’s Eating Disorder Treatment Programs offer compassionate, comprehensive treatment for females, males, adolescents, and adults, who are struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders and Co-Existing Diabetes, Depression, and Anxiety. Equine-Assisted Therapy is an weekly part of the Recovery process at Canopy Cove.