In the digital age, there is no shortage of anorexia nervosa and eating disorder resources, but it is hard to know where to look or to know for what you’re looking. Consider this your primer on navigating resources for anorexia treatment and recovery in 2019.
Online Eating Disorder Treatment & Resources
There are many ways that the digital age and social media result in harm, especially in the realm of body image, self-view, and disordered eating habits. However, the internet has also presented resources for anorexia treatment and brought wonderful communities of individuals together that otherwise may have felt isolated, alone, and misunderstood.
It can be easy to be sucked into the dark side of the internet because there is so much of it. However, there is also light and online support available for anorexia.
Adjust your habits and the websites that you use to find that light and immerse yourself in those websites that are recovery positive. Engage with those online resources for anorexia treatment that give you the information and support you need to move closer to that recovery.
There are a plethora of resources to support your anorexia treatment and recovery. Many of these websites are excellent resources for recovery.
Here are a few well-respected organizations that can help you with your continued recovery.
- Eating Disorder Hope
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
- Academy for Eating Disorders
- Mental Health America
- National Institute of Mental Health’s MentHealth.Gov
Not only that, social media outlets can be used as resources for anorexia treatment. Remove any accounts from your Facebook or Instagram feed that trigger disordered eating thoughts or make you feel bad about yourself.
Social media is teeming with accounts touting the messages of Health at Every Size, body love, self-confidence, self-love, etc. All of these have positive messages about mental health and recovery.
They can fill your time on social media with happiness and inspiration instead of harmful and triggering negativity.
Support Groups for Eating Disorders
Research has clearly shown that the support of your peers is beneficial in both life and recovery.
One study examined adolescent girls in an in-patient eating disorder treatment facility. The study found that “higher quality friendships were related to higher motivational stages and there was a close link between perceived support from ward friends, readiness to change, and friendship quality .”
These findings indicated that friendships not only improve morale and self-view during eating disorder treatment, but they also result in more motivation to change .
Thankfully, you can tap into many forms of support and resources for anorexia treatment.
In-person support groups are incredibly helpful because you build a strong connection with individuals in your area struggling in ways similar to you.
However, it isn’t always possible to find these types of eating disorder support groups, especially if you live in a more rural or sparsely populated area.
In this circumstance, the internet comes to the rescue again as many of the websites mentioned above have forums and online support groups for people in recovery. You can experience the peer support and feel more understood no matter where they are.
Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
These are not new and, thankfully, aren’t going anywhere. Eating disorder treatment centers that provide support and resources for anorexia treatment are still working hard to provide those suffering with the help they need.
Not only that, and due to the frightening statistics regarding mortality of anorexia sufferers, non-profit organizations, scholarships, and grants are more available than ever to help those with little or no insurance coverage get the help they need.
Just as with support groups, you can search through the support websites mentioned above to learn of treatment centers near you.
Literature on Eating Disorder Recovery
Again, due to the prevalence of these disorders, information about anorexia symptoms, treatments, support, and recovery are more prolific than ever.
Whether you are interested in reading other’s stories through a memoir, news articles about recent AN news, research studies about the newest breakthroughs, or self-help books with recovery techniques.
You can find it all through libraries, bookstores, newspapers, and the internet. Basically, the world is your oyster, and this can be both refreshing and intimidating.
The biggest takeaway is that you are not alone, find a way to evaluate and use resources for anorexia treatment that work for you.
Know that all of these websites and organizations have help-lines that you can both call and text (how cool is that?!) to help you work through recovery.
Resources: Malmendier,-Muehlschlegel, A. et al. (2016). Quality of friendships and motivation to change in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Eating Behaviors, 22: 170-174.
About the Author:
Margot Rittenhouse, MS, PLPC, NCC is a therapist who is passionate about providing mental health support to all in need and has worked with clients with substance abuse issues, eating disorders, domestic violence victims, and offenders, and severely mentally ill youth.
As a freelance writer for Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope and a mentor with MentorConnect, Margot is a passionate eating disorder advocate, committed to de-stigmatizing these illnesses while showing support for those struggling through mentoring, writing, and volunteering. Margot has a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective on eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer a 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.
Published July 29, 2019, on EatingDisorderHope.com
Reviewed & Approved on July 29, 2019, by Jacquelyn Ekern MS, LPC