Deciding to enter an eating disorder treatment program is an important step on the path of recovery. As you gather the information you need to make the best choice for yourself or a loved one, please consider the information below.
Getting help for an eating disorder is an option
One of the more insidious characteristics of eating disorders is how they can isolate us from the people who know us best and who love us unconditionally. It’s important for you to realize that, regardless of how you may feel at the moment, you are not alone.
As you’ve struggled with your eating disorder, you may have felt the need to hide your behaviors or otherwise act deceptively towards friends or family members. As your symptoms became more severe, you may have withdrawn from those who were closest to you. This deprived you of valuable support at a time when you most needed it.
Please know that you are not defined by your eating disorder. Your loved ones continue to care about you, and a community of professionals and other eating disorder survivors stands ready to provide you with the love, care, and support that you need. Help for eating disorders is available.
Treatment works. And when you get the right type and level of care, your life can get much better.
Making the choice to get eating disorder treatment for yourself
When you decided to learn more about eating disorder treatment options, you demonstrated that you have hope for the future. You also showed that you possess the courage to change. These two characteristics will serve you well throughout your recovery journey.
When you’re struggling with an eating disorder, it can sometimes feel like there’s no escape. But when you begin to educate yourself about types of treatment, levels of care, and other steps along the path to recovery, you discover the truth.
Change can be scary – even when that change involves moving away from the pain of an eating disorder and towards the promise of a healthy tomorrow. But once you’ve shown that you have the courage to take the first step, the rest is a matter of maintaining your momentum and building upon your past successes.
At Timberline Knolls, we’ll never lie to you. You’ll face challenges in your eating disorder recovery, both during and after your time in treatment. Getting help isn’t about avoiding obstacles – it’s about developing the skills and capabilities to overcome the barriers that stand between you and the healthier future that you deserve.
When you enter treatment for an eating disorder at Timberline Knolls, you’ll get the guidance that you need to develop the tools that will support your successful long-term recovery.
Your first step to overcoming an eating disorder
In the previous section, we talked about the importance of taking the first step in your recovery journey. The reality of recovery is that you’ll be taking a lot of first steps.
For example, when you decide to learn more about eating disorder treatment and recovery, that’s an essential first step. One day, you’ll take your first step into treatment. At some point after that, you’ll take your first step into the post-treatment phase of your recovery. Every morning that follows, you’ll take a first step into a new day, one that is filled with hope and promise.
Every first step brings you closer to your goal of a healthier tomorrow. And every first step allows you to build upon the progress that you’ve already achieved.
Wherever you are in your eating disorder recovery journey, we realize that the path ahead can appear to be a long and challenging one. But with the help of the experienced and compassionate professionals at Timberline Knolls, you can develop the skills and confidence to walk towards the future that you deserve.
Important answers about getting help for an eating disorder
There’s no such thing as one perfect eating disorder treatment plan. As you research this topic, you’ll discover that what’s most important is finding the type and level of care that’s the best fit for you.
As you engage in this effort, it’s important to ask questions. Perhaps even more importantly, you need to be willing to persist until you get the answers that you need.
Any reputable eating disorder treatment program should welcome your questions and should be happy to discuss any concerns that you have until you get the information that you need. If you come across programs or professionals that resist your inquiries, that reluctance to be forthcoming should be a powerful red flag. Open communication, honesty, and the free flow of information are hallmarks of effective eating disorder treatment.
As you ask questions about eating disorder treatment and recovery, the answers you receive will help you to set realistic goals and establish meaningful expectations.
During and after your time in treatment for an eating disorder, you will be working to achieve both short- and long-term goals. Understanding the challenges you’re facing, and being aware of the types and levels of support that are available, will prepare you to achieve and maintain successful recovery.
Continued support after seeking help for an eating disorder
When you enter treatment for an eating disorder at a reputable program such as Timberline Knolls, you will discover the power and promise of the eating disorder recovery community.
This vibrant and dynamic community includes professionals who provide care, others who are in treatment, friends and family members, and the thousands of people who have overcome eating disorders and are now living healthier lives.
Members of the eating disorder community unite in many venues, including treatment programs, community-based organizations, online support groups, and informal gatherings. During the early stages of your eating disorder recovery, you can draw great strength from others who have been where you are now. As you make continued progress, you will become empowered to help others.
Every step of the way, your participation in the eating disorder recovery community will continue to demonstrate that you are not alone, that help and support are available, and that life can get much better.