The whole point of ED awareness week is that people will recognize if themselves or their loved ones need treatment, and then get them into treatment. I’m a big believer in treatment, maybe partially because being an ED therapist is my dream job, but also because I really do think it helps. Even if you don’t want to get better doing something to facilitate recovery is good because it can teach you skills you may want or need in the future.
So here are some ideas about what kinds of treatment you can pursue if you ever feel like it.
1. Go to a psych hospital
Maybe inpatient, maybe partial, maybe outpatient. I was never an inpatient so I have no idea what it’s like, but my outpatient experience was pretty chill. Everyone was nice and I got lots of resources to use later on.
2. Participate in a treatment study
This one would be kind of hard to do unless you’re directed towards the study, but if you can get into one I think it’s a great option. Not only do you get free treatment, but you get to help others in the future!
3. See an individual therapist
I like seeing a therapist. I’m not right now because I have too much school work to attend to, but for me therapy is a nice place to deal with stupid things no one else would really care about. No one except my bf knows that I used to see one, and even if they did know, no one would have to know what I was seeing her for.
4. Take prescription drugs
You’d have to get them by going to a psychiatrist, but they can be helpful. Again, I’ve never had experience with that, because I believe I can and need to get better without drugs, but they’re a good resource to have.
5. Overeaters Anonymous Meetings
I plan on doing this over the summer. According to their official website, if you become a member you get to have the support of the meetings, you get a sponsor to help you when you’re tempted by an entire chocolate cake, and you have a place to talk outright about your addiction to food without feeling like a glutton.
6. ED support group meetings
Apparently they’re out there somewhere. I haven’t been able to attend or find any in my area, but if I did I would definitely go.
7. Family therapy
This option is great if your family will participate because the more people you get involved with your recovery the better your chances are. It does mean that your family would have to know about your disorder though…
8. Tell all your friends and use them for support
I’m never doing this, at least in the foreseeable future, but I know it would be a huge step in the right direction. Using your friends for support is great because it gets more people involved. Plus you get closer to your friends!
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Are there others I’m missing? What do you think of all these options?