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Recovery programs? - December 4th 2016, 10:41 PM

I have a question. My counselor keeps mentioning ED recovery programs bc I might need to do that off i don't change my behaviors. My question is what's happens during that? What do they do?im freaking out bc I don't wanna gain weight and I am so stubborn that I don't think I'll change anytime soon.

And I have a meeting next week with my parents and the counselor about my problems and I have to confess about all the lies ive said to hide these behaviours like skipping meals and purging and my exercise habits.

I have plans that will make me lose weight and I don't want them to be ruined. What should I expect in the next few months? I mean, if I have to attend a program?

Ps, is it a place I'd have to stay for awhile? Does someone stay with me to always keep an eye on me? What would that situation look like? Bc I'm still in school and I'm only fifteen years old.

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Re: Recovery programs? - December 5th 2016, 01:46 AM

Hi Cheyenne,

I hope you're doing well.

I highly recommend that you do go to a meeting to see what it's like. Whenever your counselor recommends something you should do it. They're obviously worried about your health and where you're going. You don't need to be scared to gain weight. I know it's scary, but dying can be more scary. I really think you should go. I've never been to a program for eating disorders, but from what I've experienced from other groups is you might just talk about why you're struggling, have you tried to stop, and things like that. I'm sure if you ask your counselor, they will give you more information.

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Re: Recovery programs? - December 5th 2016, 02:01 AM

Hey there,

I am gonna be honest with you and say that if you are underweight you will gain weight. Just like someone who is overweight and goes to treatment will lose weight. However, they don't make you gain more weight then is healthy. They talk a lot about your body reaching a equilibrium after you've gained a healthy amount of weight. Once it reaches that equilibrium you don't gain anymore weight and you stay steady.

Treatment will help you grow comfortable with gaining weight. You will have really good days and some really bad days. They will help you deal with that and will help provide you with counseling and possibly psychiatry.

In treatment you will be on a very rigorous schedule. You'll eat at specific times and they'll watch to see what kind of eating rituals you have. Once they notice rituals they will point them out to you and and make you stop.

They will teach you how to shop for food and meal plan. They usually prepare your meals at residential but when you move to PHP and IOP they have you shop for meals and prepare them. PHP and IOP are supposed to help prepare you for the outside world.

You will be made to go to groups. They might make you journal after groups. You'll go to individual therapy and family therapy.

Treatment can be really beneficial. I made some friends in my time at treatment and I see them on facebook and two of the girls who were really bad off are doing quite well.

Please consider going. It's scary but getting help for this life threatening thing is such an amazing thing.

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Re: Recovery programs? - December 6th 2016, 12:57 PM


I'm sorry you are struggling, but I promise you recovery is so worth it. I called a local eating disorder treatment facility that offered different programs ranging from day program, half day program, to outpatient (individual and/group counseling). I went through a screening with questions, and it's important to answer absolutely honestly. From there, they will determine which level of treatment is recommended. If they don't offer residential treatment (where you live for a short period of time), they should be able to refer you to a place that offers that. Eating disorders are very hard, but they are the most deadly when not treated. I am in recovery now and can't believe how much more energy I have to do the things I love and how much space in my head is cleared of worrying about food and eating (and fear of gaining weight and body image for others).

I'm hoping your counselor can point you in the right direction for where to find treatment and get a screening. Please feel free to PM me. If you find out what level you are recommended for, I can explain more for what I experienced, although every Program is different. You can do this!

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Re: Recovery programs? - December 12th 2016, 11:04 PM

Hey there.

Thanks for coming to us here!

I know there are many different types of ED programmes so it might be helpful to find out which one they're thinking off. I know here you can see an ED specialist nurse, do group sessions, do day programmes, go in-patient and so on.

Seeing a specalist nurse might also bring in things like being weighed, meal plans etc. But they should also talk to you about the main trigger to your ED and all the smaller triggers that can trigger you at any point. They may also refer you to see a dietition and have phsyical health checks such as blood tests, bone scans etc.

Day programmes are often there to provide therapy as well as support an even thongs like doing creative writing or art. There will be set meal times (normally anyway) and I know people who have been to the day ones and they spent one morning a week with all the other patients doing a food shop and you all eat roughly the same thing to help you weight restore.

Inpatient can be hard going. It might mean you need phsyical examinations as well as weekly weigh ins etc. Planned meal times where you have to finish a meal in a certain amount of time and if you break rules things like home leave can be taken away from you. For people who purge, they can be put on post meal observations for up to a few hours to ensure they don't purge after eating etc. However if they feel you are at risk to yourself in anyway (self harm, suicide etc) your observations might be increased and this can mean you may end up on 121 observation which is normally eyesight or arms length.

I don't know if this helps. I have been in a unit for people with ED's and have a sibling with anorexia as well as having an ED myself so if you have any questions etc, please feel free to shoot them at me.

I do want to point out that this is NOT you gaining weight. This is a case where you have lost weight and now you need to restore that weight to be healthy.

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