Preparing to avoid or overcome relapse is an important part of an effective comprehensive treatment program for binge-eating disorder. Binge-eating disorder treatment at Timberline Knolls provides women with the skills and support they need to ensure that short-term setbacks don’t become long-term problems.
Relapse prevention and recovery for binge-eating disorder
When you’re in the initial stages of seeking treatment for binge-eating disorder, relapse may be the last thing on your mind.
At this stage of your recovery journey, you are focused on getting treatment and getting better. That’s exactly as it should be.
However, while avoiding binge-eating disorder relapse may not be a priority for you at the moment, it’s important for you to choose a treatment program that will prepare you for potential challenges in your continued recovery. When you receive treatment for binge-eating disorder at Timberline Knolls, that’s the type of forward-thinking support you’ll receive.
At Timberline Knolls, our comprehensive treatment services help women and girls overcome the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual impact of binge-eating disorder. This involves both addressing current issues and preparing for possible future obstacles to your continued recovery.
Your struggle with binge-eating disorder may be related to a history of trauma, exposure to overwhelming stress, the presence of a co-occurring mental health challenge, or a variety of other internal and external influences. We’ll work with you to identify the possible causes of your maladaptive behaviors, and we’ll help you develop healthier and more productive coping strategies.
We’ll also guide you through the process of identifying triggers – people, events, or experiences that may prompt you to engage in eating binges. Understanding your triggers, and preparing to respond without reverting to past problematic behaviors, is an important part of overcoming binge-eating disorder and preventing future relapse.
To support your efforts to remain in recovery from binge-eating disorder following your time in our care, we’ll provide you with a detailed discharge plan as you prepare to transition out of treatment. This plan will identify areas that you’ll need to focus on to protect your health. It will also list professional referrals, community-based resources, and other sources of support to help you.
Learn what puts people at risk for binge-eating disorder relapse
Relapse is often mentioned in the context of addiction recovery, but the concept also applies to binge-eating disorder.
Binge-eating disorder relapse refers to a return to maladaptive, unhealthy, and otherwise self-defeating behaviors. For example, if after completing treatment you find yourself beginning to engage in eating binges in a response to stress or pressure, this would qualify as a relapse.
The likelihood that a person will experience a binge-eating disorder relapse can be influenced by a wide range of situations or occurrences. For example, significant setbacks such as academic failure, job loss, or the end of a relationship may trigger relapse in some women and girls. For others, certain times of the year, being in certain places, or being reminded of painful past events can push them closer to relapse.
An important part of your treatment for binge-eating disorder at Timberline Knolls involves helping you to understand the influences that may have contributed to your development of binge-eating disorder, and the factors that may put you in danger of relapse.
Once you’ve identified these triggers, you’ll work to develop the skills and strategies that will prevent them from pushing you back into unhealthy eating habits.
Discover how you can prevent binge-eating disorder relapse
The effort to prevent binge-eating disorder relapse involves education, preparation, and continued vigilance.
While you’re in treatment at Timberline Knolls, you’ll learn to understand your triggers, and you’ll develop ways to respond that don’t endanger your health or well-being. You’ll also begin to make the lifestyle changes that will support your continued recovery. You will learn about self-care, and you’ll have the opportunity to establish an effective personal support network.
You will also learn to develop an appropriate definition of what successful binge-eating disorder recovery means to you.
The truth about recovering from binge-eating disorder is that the process is far from linear. You will experience great successes along the way, but you’ll also encounter challenges, obstacles, and setbacks. There will be times when your commitment to continued recovery feels rock-solid, and other moments when you may waver.
These are all natural, understandable, and expected experiences. Thus, you should not equate successful recovery from binge-eating disorder with uninterrupted progress or the absence of difficulties. Instead, you should realize that what’s most important is how you respond in times of trial. This can prevent a temporary setback from turning into a continuing problem.
If, after completing treatment for binge-eating disorder at Timberline Knolls, you feel that you are on the verge of relapse, you’ll have a skill set that you can rely on. You’ll also have connections within the binge-eating disorder recovery community who can help. This includes professionals, others in recovery, and loved ones. You should never feel shame for reaching out to get additional help when you need it.
In some cases, the healthiest response to the threat of relapse, or to an actual relapse, is to get back into treatment. This may involve additional outpatient sessions with a therapist or counselor. It could also involve participating in an intensive outpatient program, partial hospitalization program, or residential binge-eating disorder treatment program.
Each woman and girl experiences binge-eating disorder in a unique way. And just as each person has a unique treatment experience at Timberline Knolls, each individual’s recovery journey is also unique. If your journey includes moments on the precipice of relapse, Timberline Knolls and your personal support network will be here to help.
For additional information about preventing or responding to binge-eating disorder relapse, or for answers to any other questions you may have about comprehensive treatment for binge-eating disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact Timberline Knolls. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available 24/7 to provide you with the information you need.