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Eating Disorder Rehab

Discussions about rehab are often centre on things like drug or alcohol addiction. However, there are other types of disorders for which outpatient and residential rehab programmes are very appropriate. Eating disorders are just one example. Eating disorders can be very serious to the point of threatening the lives of sufferers. For them, rehab is not only an option; it is a necessity.

The vast majority of sufferers experience three main eating disorders:

  • Anorexia - This disorder is characterised by an unreasonable fear of gaining extra weight. That fear causes sufferers to greatly restrict their dietary intake, believing that are heavier than they actually are. Anorexia may include excessive exercise, forced vomiting, and regular use of laxatives.
  • Bulimia - Bulimia shares a few similar characteristics with anorexia inasmuch as sufferers believe they are heavier than they really are and, ultimately, are terrified of gaining more weight. At the same time, their intense cravings for food make them want to eat. Bulimia sufferers frequently eat in binges, and then force themselves to vomit so they can eat again. Many of them also use dangerous amounts of laxatives.
  • Binge Eating - This disorder is not one associated with any fear of gaining weight. Instead, it is a compulsion to eat regardless of whether one is hungry or not. Binge eating normally continues even if the sufferer feels full. Along with weight gain, sufferers also experience tremendous feelings of guilt and shame.

The NHS classifies a number of other less common eating disorders as ’eating disorders not otherwise specified’. Yet regardless of the specific eating disorder you or a loved one is suffering from, UK-Rehab can help you by offering private treatment at one of the many clinics we work with.

Why You Need help

To say that eating disorders don’t get the same amount of attention as alcohol and drug related issues would be to state the obvious. Nevertheless, please do not make the mistake of believing they are not equally serious. They are. Eating disorders almost always makes sufferers extremely ill. In some cases, death is the eventual result.

If you think you might be suffering from an eating disorder, you need to get help while you still can. Please call our helpline and speak with one of our experienced counsellors. If it turns out you do not truly have an eating disorder, we can put your mind at ease. However, if you do need help, we can get you started on the road to recovery today.

When you attend a rehab programme offered by one of our clinics, you will be welcomed into environment where everyone around you is generally concerned about your well-being. From the medical staff to the support staff to other residents, you will find all of the help and support you need to overcome your disorder. Ultimately, that is our number one goal for every client.

How Rehab Works

You can access eating disorder rehab on either an outpatient or residential basis. Outpatient care requires you to visit your therapists on a predetermined schedule. You return home at the end of each treatment day. Residential rehab, on the other hand, is quite a bit different. Instead of visiting your therapists on a regular schedule, you actually live at the facility for the duration of your rehab.

The private facilities we work with are located mostly in rural and suburban settings to minimise distractions. They can accommodate anywhere from a small handful to several dozen residents, depending on the size of the property and the medical staff. Rest assured that every clinic we work with is properly licensed and staffed by medical professionals.

As for the types of therapies you might receive, they vary from one facility to the next. Below is a list of some of the more common treatments:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - This is a counselling therapy with a primary focus on helping the sufferer change his or her thinking about those areas in their life that trigger negative behaviours. By changing how one thinks, it is possible to overcome many eating disorders.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy - As a counselling therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy seeks to focus on relationship issues as they relate to eating disorders. This therapy is used when therapists believe a patient’s disorder is directly related to failed relationships.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy - This is another counselling therapy aimed at helping the patient understand how his or her past circumstances and personality affect thoughts and decisions. This therapy is used when an eating disorder can be traced back to unpleasant past experiences.
  • Dietary Counselling - Learning about different foods and how they affect a healthy diet is the goal of this counselling. It aims to teach patients how to develop and maintain a healthy diet for life.
  • Nutritional Planning - Hand-in-hand with dietary counselling is practical nutritional planning. Patients are taught how to develop healthy meal plans that will allow them to eat well while still enjoying their meals. It includes instruction on how to create a shopping list.
  • Family Counselling - Sometimes eating disorders are the result of dysfunctional family situations. In such cases, the entire family needs to be counselled if the patient is to overcome. If family issues are not dealt with, the patient is likely to relapse once treatment is complete.
  • Relaxation Techniques - Learning to relax is an important part of eating disorder rehab because it allows patients to better manage their thoughts and emotions. Some clinics use yoga, others focus on giving patients plenty of opportunity for quiet reflection.

If you are ready to seek help for your eating disorder, UK-Rehab is standing by to assist you. By calling or contacting us through this website, you will be well on your way to regaining control of your life. Please know that all of our services are free and confidential because our only goal is to make sure you get the help you need to recover fully. So what do you have to lose? Nothing but an eating disorder that’s ruining your life.

Sources: Eating Disorders - Key Facts

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