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.