So you wanna go to rehab?
Some things to consider:
-I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR LOOKING INTO THIS
-Treatment can be costly and expensive. Even with insurance. If you live in a state that allows you to have both private insurance *and* Medicaid, look into whether you will qualify for Medicaid. It will help with your co-pays and deductibles for treatment, appointments, medications, and even transportation to facilities/appointments.
-There are scholarship programs available for persons looking to get treatment for eating disorders. A popular one is called Project Heal. There are more if you look hard enough.
-Look for a treatment center that has LICENSED therapists, Registered Dietitians, a psychiatrist, and nursing staff. Eating Disorders are serious conditions that deserve the best and most qualified care. Medical needs can change rapidly and suddenly- so it is imperative that a nurse is available 24/7 for emergencies and incidental needs at night.
-You may hear about “free” treatment facilities run by religious organizations. These programs can be helpful for some people, however, they may not have qualified licensed professionals nor nursing or medical care available. Those who are interested in such programs should complete a traditional eating disorder program first to ensure medical stability during the refeeding process. Once that speed bump is conquered, it should be safe enough to proceed with a program such as a religious one that does not have medical staff. Persons considering such programs should be serious about pursuing obedience and adherence to their faith as a permanent substitute to their eating disorder.
-Don’t just ask if a provider treats your eating disorder…. ask exactly how they treat it. Ask which methods and philosophies (ex: DBT, ACT, CBT, ERP, EMDR, etc.) are utilized and why. If you have a particular method you’re already interested in, ask if they utilize it and how they utilize it. If they don’t utilize that method in a way that satisfies you or your needs, ask if they would be willing to accommodate you in individual therapy to utilize that method more or to its fullest extent.
-Remember that treatment centers are primarily businesses FIRST and foremost. They will do whatever they can to get you into your door, even if they’re not actually the right program for you. They will petition insurance, reassure you, make promises, and more. Do your research. Get those promises in writing. And always shop around before you decide on any single program.
-Social Media is an excellent way to get in contact with persons who have already been in the programs you’re looking at. It will take some effort, but it’s worth it. Start asking around in groups and forums online whether anyone has been to the place you’re looking at. Many times, you’ll find someone who had a friend go there- and you’ll be put in touch with that person. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly.
-Google is your friend! Look for photos, reviews, anything on the place you’re considering. There are a lot of phonebook style websites with a review option available, scour those posts. Also check out dedicated websites, such as http://www.edtreatmentreview.com and http://www.eatingdisorderstreatmentreviews.org .