Not everyone who recognizes that they have a problem is willing to take that all-important first step in seeking treatment. Many times they think that they can deal with the situation on their own. When helping a friend or family member acknowledge an eating disorder, it is important to offer disordered eating support so that they can make the right decision. At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, we provide disordered eating treatment as part of our all-encompassing behavioral and mental health treatment services.
Eating disorders are one of the hardest problems to recognize because, unlike substance abuse, there is no illegal activity associated with it. In addition, everyone has too much to eat at one time or another. Eating a second piece of birthday cake or a few slices of leftover pizza does not send up many red flags. There are no telltale signs of disordered eating other than weight gain, and many people’s weight fluctuates due to life stresses. Therefore, it seems like a normal part of life. Many people who have problems curbing their appetite receive scoldings from family members, friends, or coworkers. However, to seek real help, it is imperative to have the support of those close to them. For treatment options, please reach out to The Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614.
Disordered Eating Treatment
Society and the media put a lot of pressure on women to be thin and fit into a concept of how an ideal body looks. This leads to unhealthy eating habits as well as conditions like anorexia and bulimia. Our nutritional therapy program aims to assist women in developing a positive relationship with eating and a healthy relationship with food. We offer a wide range of nutritional education classes. We use these to teach our clients about the many benefits of centering their diet around healthy, nutritious foods and teaching them the skills to prepare them.
Women learn to reset how they perceive their bodies by working closely with an eating disorder specialist and a registered dietician nutritionist. Instead of viewing their reflection in the mirror, they learn that they need to look within to find a positive body image. Healthy foods nurture healthy bodies. There are challenges as the body changes, and our expert staff is well-prepared to guide you through each step on the path to wellness. Utilizing both group therapy and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, our clients can talk freely about how they deal with the changes to their bodies in a safe and supportive environment.
Eating Disorder Support
When approaching a friend or family member with an eating disorder, it is essential to educate yourself about the subject. Then, you can provide much-needed guidance to someone who may not know how to help themselves. Choosing the right place and time to address the situation will make it easier for them to hear what needs to be said. Be honest with them and recall times where you have witnessed their disordered eating habits. Use “I” rather than “you” statements because “you” statements tend to sound accusatory, whereas “I” statements are more supportive. Stick to facts rather than hypothesize.
Let them know that you care about them and are only there to help. But do be firm, so they do not try to manipulate you. They may be resistant at first. Remember that they may be ashamed of their behavior and to finesse this conversation as much as possible. You must prepare yourself for negative reactions, whether they are in denial or hurt. Remind them that you want what is best for them. Lastly, do encourage them to seek professional help and offer to be there when they decide to do so.
You can also use the tips listed below:
- Recognize how distressing this is for them
- Acknowledge that they are not to blame
- Recognize that you are not to blame
- Ask what they are thinking and how they are feeling
- Avoid discussions around food, weight gain, and dieting
- Model positive eating behaviors
If you have any questions concerning the tips listed above, please contact The Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614.
Reach Out to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery Today
Our 38-acre campus nestled among the trees includes green expanses, peacefully secluded walking trails, and ponds teeming with wildlife. The pastoral setting allows our clients to focus on their recovery. Our programs care for no more than twenty women at any one time, providing each client with ample time for peace and quiet. Our core values include compassion, humility, excellence, integrity, and service. We are committed to helping you on your way to recovery. Contact us online or at 855.773.0614 to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.