Selecting the right eating disorder treatment facility for you or your loved one can be difficult. That decision often comes at a time when the disease is at a critical point and you are under pressure to come to a decision. Despite the pressure, take a bit of time to find the treatment facility that is right for the situation at hand. This will pay off when it comes to making progress.
The first crucial consideration is what level of care is necessary. You need to work with the doctor to see if acute medical treatment is necessary. If the patient has reached the point where their life is in danger due to the eating disorder or suicidal thoughts, then it may become necessary to consider inpatient hospitalization. If there are no acute medical needs, but an outpatient program is not a good fit, then a residential treatment facility might be the best option. The next thing to consider is what is going on with the patient, besides the eating disorder. Many times eating disorders come with other medical concerns. Some people come in with substance or alcohol addiction issues. Others are dealing with past trauma due to abuse of different types. You want a treatment facility that can handle any co-existing conditions while also handling the eating disorder.
Once you have narrowed down your list of options, then it is time to contact each one and get the details. You need to consider a few things before you make a final decision. Some facilities have a waiting list of people that want to enter their program. If you need immediate treatment, you might not have to wait several weeks to get in. Another consideration is finances, you can provide the facilities with your insurance information to see if there are any reimbursements available. Some facilities require a level of upfront payment while others work on a pay as you go basis, and some will work out payment plans from the beginning.
You also need to look at the facility's treatment philosophy and focus. Are they a 12-step program? Do they work on behavior and nutrition therapy? How much time do they spend with individual and group therapy? What happens if you have a medical emergency? Are there treatment options for family or spouses? Do they have a program to step down treatment gradually as the patient improves? What are the statistics for patients that they have treated in the last year? All of these questions will help you choose the right eating disorder treatment facility for yourself or a loved one.