College Students: Eating Disorder Treatment Options During Summer Vacation

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Contributed by Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

College is a wonderful time of learning, exploration, experiencing new adventures, and gaining more autonomy and independence.

For the college student in recovery, establishing a firm plan for treatment is essential for maintaining progress, and any lapses in structure could be detrimental to recovery efforts.

As a college student in recovery from an eating disorder, it is essential to plan ahead for times in which treatment may be lacking, such as a summer vacation.

Planning For Ongoing Treatment During Summer Vacation

Summer vacation brings a much-needed break for the college student but can also be a critical time when in recovery from an eating disorder. If you have been in recovery while continuing your college education, you may have treatment professionals near your school that you meet with on a regular basis for support and ongoing treatment.

However, this might not be the case during summer vacation. Whether moving back home, temporarily moving abroad, finding a new job, or relocating, you may find that your normal schedule is transitioning over summer.

Plan for success by anticipating these transitions and finding alternate forms of care and treatment for ongoing eating disorder support. If you can no longer continue meeting with your treatment team near your college during the summer, it is essential to find back-up sources.

Woman on vacation journaling about eating disorderAsk you current treatment professionals if they might have any referrals in the area to which you are moving for summer. Research eating disorder specialists ahead of time to ensure that you have continued care and support during your eating disorder treatment.

Other Means of Support

You can also find support through a mentor, accountability partner, or support group. Be sure to follow treatment recommendations and stay connected to the form of support that is appropriate for your level of care.

Remember that your recovery hinges on the efforts in your treatment, and planning for ongoing support will ensure that you are protecting your recovery. If you are unsure how to build a support system during the summer months, be sure to discuss this with your professional treatment team, counselor, or therapist.

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What are some ways to focus on your individual progress in recovery during the summer?


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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating.

Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.


The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

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