Making the decision to seek treatment for an eating disorder could be one of the most difficult things you’ll do. It takes a lot of courage to take that step and we applaud you for it. That brings us to the second step: choosing the right eating disorder treatment center. Unfortunately, things can get a little overwhelming at this point with all the options out there. To help you out, we’ve put together this guide of strategies for finding the very best eating disorder treatment for you.
Start Shopping Online
An eating disorder treatment center’s website can tell you a lot about the place itself. Does it look slapped together with a bunch of misspellings and broken links? Is it full of ten cent words and the same industry jargon you’re seeing on a bunch of other sites? If so, you might want to steer clear of that one. A reputable center’s site will mirror the way they approach treatment: clean, orderly, and informative.
Choosing an Eating Disorder Treatment Center
Learn the Levels of Care
“Level of care” is an industry term that refers to the intensity of treatment a client receives at a facility. “Inpatient” refers to 24/7 monitoring in a hospital while “residential” signifies a slightly less intensive level of monitoring at a home-like facility. “Partial hospitalization” and “intensive outpatient” are essentially day programs in which clients receive a moderate level of monitoring while “outpatient” means weekly visits. Have a talk with the treatment center you have interest in about what levels of care they offer and what a treatment plan would look like for you. While individual plans may differ and may require longer stays at particular levels of care, a good treatment center will give you a clear idea of the goals at each level.
Call Ahead and Shop Around
Researching eating disorder treatment centers online is helpful, but once you’ve narrowed your field down, start calling at least three of the centers you have interest in. The admissions specialist you speak with will almost assuredly ask to verify your insurance benefits and set up an assessment. However, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you’d like. This is your health we’re talking about and it’s your chance to learn about who might be helping you on your journey.
Take a Tour
Obviously, this one may be difficult if you’re looking to receive treatment in another part of the country. However, some extra time and money spent during the planning stages can help tremendously in the long run. Meeting the staff and touring the facilities in person will give you a good feel as to how the center is run. What do the living quarters look like? How do the people you meet treat you and each other? Are the staff helpful and ready to answer questions? Treatment is a commitment and you want as complete a picture as you can get before you make your choice.
Get a Referral
If you’re currently seeing a therapist and have decided that more intensive treatment is right for you, ask your current provider for a referral. They’re professionals who know what to look for and likely have many connections within the industry. You can also ask the facility you’re touring who else they would recommend if you decide they’re not for you. If they can’t think of anyone or turn the question around on you in an attempt to sell you, you’d be a lot better off looking somewhere else.
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring disorders since 2002. Our expert admissions staff is on call 24/7 to answer all of the questions above along with any others you may have. If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder. give us a call today and start building your foundation for success.