Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
As part of an inpatient rehabilitation program, clients have access to on-site personnel 24 hours a day. A medical doctor meets with each client on an individual basis once a week or as needed. Sometimes this person also leads a small group. Some therapists meet both individually and with larger groups for discussion and art/music/movement therapy. There are also those wonderful people who live with the residents to love, listen, and guide the clients into healthier ways of self-care.
During the process, family members are invited to join them for several therapy sessions with permission from the client. This is a crucial part of rehabilitation. There really is no such thing as an eating disordered individual. There are eating disordered families. That is not to say that everyone in the family has eating disorders, but that the family of origin has informed the individual’s life choices to a greater degree than at first might be apparent. Sometimes there is abuse that has taken place. Sometimes some marital issues or behaviors were misinterpreted. It is difficult for both the families and the client to deal with the issues caused and cultivated by this problem. A trained therapist in the right setting can facilitate this painful process to bring healing and release.
The Best Step Toward Recovery
While time and cost are major factors that keep a person or family from seeking help at an inpatient facility, it is truly the best step towards recovery. Nobody wants anybody else digging through their family’s best-kept secrets (usually some issues go back, sometimes, generations), but recovery for the individual can often mean recovery for a family. Seeking professional help in an inpatient setting has huge dividends for all involved. All involved are willing to step out of the shadow of this severe obsession and onto the road of enlightened recovery. Many folks want to send the person they love to a facility and say, “fix them.” It took a family to create this dynamic; it will take a family to recreate a different one. Twenty or thirty years ago, the term eating disorders was barely used in everyday conversation. Now, there is hardly anyone who doesn’t know someone who struggles with this debilitating and life-sucking disease. Eating disorder facts show that this doesn’t have to be a life sentence. It’s not a “get out of jail free” card, but the right inpatient facility can certainly set those with these disorders on the road to a healthy, brighter future.