The path to eating disorder recovery encompasses many different elements. A combination of features should be considered when deciding if an eating disorder treatment center is a good fit. There is no single solution when it comes to finding treatment, but the following criteria can be a helpful guide when beginning on the journey to recovery.
- Think of it as a Recovery Journey
Many people may desire a quick fix so they can quickly move along on the road to recovery. While this desire is completely natural, it is important to steer away from the idea of your eating disorder recovery being achieved simply because symptoms have been addressed.
Instead, look for a treatment plan and program that can teach the coping tools, skills and thoughts that can truly address current behaviors, challenge them and support recovery. Being self-aware and open to change is necessary for recovery to happen and support from an experienced staff is crucial.
- Hands-on Staff with Real-Life Experience
Working with a hands-on staff means treatment goes beyond the surface level and delves deep into the underlying issues. Instead of staff that simply tell you to eat less or change your eating in some manner, a hands-on and intuitive approach will include strategies for addressing, challenging and replacing underlying issues or thoughts perpetuating the disorder.
An eating disorder treatment plan that includes support from professionals who have struggled with and recovered from selective eating disorder can truly understand the challenges faced by a patient with an eating disorder. While education is a crucial part of ensuring a professional has the skills to effectively treat patients with eating disorders, an individual who has experienced an eating disorder on a personal level will provide an additional aspect of understanding and support.
- Dig Deep for Best Results
A treatment professional who solely addresses the eating disorder behaviors is only addressing part of the issue and there are typically deeper issues at play. In addition to addressing the eating disordered behaviors, a treatment professional and the individual with the eating disorder need to uncover and challenge the underlying causes of the disorder. A treatment plan must focus on components beyond weight management, food and body image in order to achieve true and lasting recovery.
- Changes Need to Happen
A thorough treatment plan for an eating disorder will provide concrete goals to lessen the negative thoughts and behaviors associated with the disorder. Eating disorders do not simply arise out of nowhere; they are symptoms and behaviors of underlying pain, trauma or maladaptive coping. The treatment plan will allow individuals to address these underlying causes, challenge any negative coping skills and replace these with positive coping skills and behaviors.
Monte Nido offers supportive treatment for eating disorders and allows you to move from an eating disorder self to a healthy self. Contact us today and learn more about our treatment programs.