Who Does the Best in Residential Treatment
We know that a variety of factors contribute to the development of an eating disorder, including (but not limited to) societal pressures, neurobiology, trauma histories, family dynamics, and high levels of stress. Regardless of the type of eating disorder, controlling weight is one motivator for an eating disorder; another is being in control of something no one else can. Therefore, those who have struggled for a long period of time tend to do the best in residential programs. Additionally, those who don’t have the support they need at home or family members who encourage unhealthy behaviors should start with a residential program.
While outpatient treatment often includes the same therapies and similar care to residential treatment, it doesn’t provide the accountability these individuals need. In addition, people with co-occurring disorders often benefit from residential programs. Dual diagnosis therapy addresses more than one mental health disorder at a time, giving individuals the chance to recover more fully.
Why Residential Treatment is Important
Many people believe that outpatient treatment is sufficient for overcoming an eating disorder. While this is true for some people, the vast majority do better when they have the support and accountability that comes with a residential eating disorder treatment program.
Having access to around-the-clock accountability and support is invaluable when beginning the journey to a healthy relationship with food. It’s also important to be able to access medical care in case of an emergency quickly. Working with a residential treatment facility can make the process of recovery easier and more comfortable.