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Eating Disorder Rehab FAQs

Learn what is involved in eating disorder rehab from Allegra Broft, M.D. in this Howcast video.


So if you're looking for rehab for disorders, the first thing worth mentioning is you might find that not all disorder treatment centers call themselves rehab. Although some might, rehab is a term that we here used a lot that the addiction world uses to call their types of treatment centers, but there a lot of the structured treatment programs for eating disorders that are out there that provide good treatment.

What they generally consist of is a multidisciplinary treatment approach. So you may actually find a rehab center for eating disorders will be either working on an outpatient, or an inpatient basis, or a residential basis, but in any of those formats you'll find that there are many different types of professionals that will be a part of your treatment and will work as a treatment team. So that will consist of someone like a psychologist or a psychiatrist that can offer you individual therapy. It may consist of a social worker that can work with your family or another type of family therapist that may consist of someone who can offer you medications. It may consist of other types of mental health professionals as well. Theses types of eating disorder treatment programs will offer really a range throughout the day of different types of group treatment in addition to individual treatment. So that you may have individual therapy groups, you may have nutrition groups to help advise you on different types of nutritional strategies for coping with your eating problems, and there are structured meals throughout the days in these centers, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner are supervised with staff; and with opportunities afterwards for processing the types of emotions that come up during these meals, as well as supervision for any types of eating problems like purging that may come up after meal time.

Inpatient and residential treatment centers are places that you stay overnight. You may come in and stay for a month, especially for anorexia nervosa, you may come in and stay two or three months or longer, depending on how long it takes to reach a place of medical health and full weight restoration.

So that will give you a little bit of a flavor of what eating disorders treatment centers or eating disorders rehabilitation centers will look like. It can feel like a big commitment to think about the process of entering into treatment in one of these centers, but often if you can just take the first step of getting yourself in the door there's a lot that the treatment center can do to explain how their programs work and make the process of enter treatment as comfortable for you as possible.

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