Blog Contributed by Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC for Eating Disorder Hope
If you have made the decision to seek professional treatment for bulimia, congratulations on taking the most important step toward your recovery and healing!
Struggling with a severe eating disorder, such as bulimia, is not something that you can easily heal from on your own, and having the assistance of a specialized treatment team can be a monumental key to overcoming this disease.
Once you have made the decision to receive treatment through an eating disorder recovery program, what are the next steps? What should you look for in a treatment program for bulimia recovery?
Treatment Options Are Increasing with Awareness
Thankfully, as awareness of eating disorders has increased, the number of treatment options that are available to patients have become widespread. Treatment options can vary by levels of care, from the most acute phase of treatment within a hospitalization program to outpatient care and everything in between.
How can you determine where to start and what level of care is right for you?
The beginning point of your recovery from bulimia is a critical starting place, and the outcome of your journey is dependent on careful planning and preparation. Assessing what level of care you may need should be completed by a professional who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.
This can be a licensed professional counselor, physician, or psychiatrist who has expertise in the field of eating disorders and bulimia recovery. Knowing the appropriate level of care to begin your journey can help you start out successfully and address concerns and needs you have at this particular point.
Questions to Ask to Find the Right Treatment
As you explore the different options available for treatment, consider the following questions to ask when deciding on which program is right for you:
Licensing and Credentialing
Ask about the licensing and credentialing for each program that you are investigating for treatment. Eating disorder programs should be licensed to treat eating disorders in the state which they are in.
In addition, treatment professionals should all have appropriate credentialing. Treatment programs should also be able to provide accreditation status. Checking these facts can help you determine the reliability of the program.
Does the program offer treatment services for the whole person? Will you have access to a physician, nursing care (if applicable), a registered dietitian, and therapist/counselor? Be sure to inquire about how the program will offer help and treatment for all of your needs as your recover.
Treatment programs should be able to effectively guide you through a plan for your recovery, including outlining a protocol for your discharge or transition to a lower level of care. Ask about how the treatment team handles discharges when looking to various programs.
Are you seeking treatment for a dual diagnosis, such as bulimia and drug addiction? If so, be sure to investigate programs that address both of these concerns in your treatment journey so as to find and achieve total healing.
Finding the best option for your treatment for bulimia can seem overwhelming, but with the help and guidance from health care professionals and the loved ones in your life, you can find a program that will best fit your needs and help you find lasting recovery from this eating disorder.
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