The First Steps Toward Treatment for an Eating Disorder
One of the best options for beginning the treatment process for an eating disorder is through an intervention. An intervention allows you to open up a discussion about how the eating disorder is affecting not only the affected individual, but also their friends and family. With professional guidance, an intervention can encourage someone to seek the treatment they need and let them know that they are not alone in their struggle.
Eating disorder interventions begin with an extensive assessment of the presenting problems and issues. Then, you will get professional help creating a plan of action for the intervention as well as establishing a course of treatment and best practices to support the treatment. Very few families and friends who attempt to intervene on their own, without a professional, have a complete action plan that addresses all possible outcomes.
Recovery from an eating disorder is a lifelong process. It is not a one-time event; rather, living in recovery from an eating disorder is a lifelong commitment to one’s mental and physical health. For this reason, getting treatment and recovery started on the right foot with a professional intervention is one of the best things you can do for yourself or your loved one.
Professional Eating Disorder Interventions Require Some Planning
The key to a successful eating disorder intervention is planning, preparation and professional experience. The first step is to organize a team of family members and friends with a common goal and technique. This creates a solid support system that raises the client up from their “rock bottom.” It also establishes healthy boundaries for families and loved ones to live by — as a unified front, everyone can be on the same page about how to best be helpful productively and constructively. These strategies allow for success that often has been impossible in the past.
The next step is to work with a recovery professional to learn about the kind of treatment that might be available to you. Then, when the intervention occurs, you can talk about real recovery options that offer a concrete solution to the problem of an eating disorder. Offering an action step helps make an eating disorder feel less overwhelming, so the affected person can feel empowered to take control of their illness.
Once your support group and your plan are in place, you can feel confident that the intervention will have a positive impact. You will be able to continue working with your intervention specialist to decide on day-of details and to cover a range of possible outcomes.
Host a Productive Intervention With Professional Help
With the concept of interventions becoming popularized in the media, it’s easy to get the wrong idea about what an intervention really is. It is not a confrontation or an “ambush,” and it is not an opportunity to tell the person struggling with an eating disorder how they should or must act. The goal of an intervention is to help a loved one understand that their eating disorder is not a secret, that they have encouragement and support behind them and that they have the option to seek treatment. To ensure the intervention itself is successful, you should have the help of a professional when organizing the event. An intervention specialist like those on staff at Hired Power can help you choose a non-threatening location, go over essential topics to cover and ensure that everyone in attendance understands how they should act and speak. Without this guidance, you risk making the intervention a negative experience instead of an uplifting one.
Left Untreated, Eating Disorders Will Continue to Progress
Eating disorders lead to loneliness, isolation and withdrawal from family, friends and even work. As the disease progresses, waiting for treatment is destructive and even life-threatening. In addition, much like drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders affect the entire family as well as the individual. It can be beneficial for family members to join together, giving them a place to discuss their own trials and worries as their loved one goes through such a difficult time. An intervention can help the affected individual get the care they need to save their life, and it can also ensure that recovery is sustainable by bringing a community together to help each other heal.
Get Treatment Center Recommendations From a Professional
Hired Power is a member of the International Eating Disorder Professionals Organization. We have established working relationships with eating disorder treatment centers and professionals across the country providing our clients with the high level of treatment recommendations and resources. If you choose an intervention with one of the members of our staff, you can feel confident that our recommendations for treatment will be high-quality facilities with the services and amenities you or your loved one needs.
Get Help for Yourself or a Loved One Today!
Do you or a loved one need help? Don’t hesitate to contact Hired Power at 800-910-9299 to speak with a recovery professional about eating disorder interventions.
Eating disorders can potentially be the most difficult and also one of the most life threatening issues. If you suspect there is an eating disorder problem it is important to act quickly, but not without a plan. Eating disorder interventions begin with an extensive assessment of the presenting problems and issues. Establishing a course of treatment and creating a plan of action to support the treatment are the initial goals. Very few families and friends who attempt to intervene, without a professional, have a complete action plan that addresses all possible outcomes. Recovery from an eating disorder is a long, involved process. It is not a one-time event.