Taking Steps to Create an Eating Disorder Treatment Schedule
A person who is struggling does have a lot of individual power to create an eating disorder treatment plan. The first step is to find a professional team that they trust. Trust is a major component in this because a therapist or doctor needs to know the truth of a person's struggle. A treatment team can consist of any or all of the following: a therapist, a nutritionist, an internist to monitor physical health, and a psychiatrist.
Ideally, after finding and setting up a treatment team, a person can make a list of personal goals. These goals are both short term and long term. Short term goals around recovery can be a daily goal, even an hourly goal. Every success is counted! Long term goals can include things like looking at what life in recovery might allow the individual to do that the eating disorder has taken away.
Setting up a meal plan with a nutritionist can help give structure to a day and aid in the avoidance of adopting harmful practices such as restricting, binging and purging. As a meal plan is created, the person can use it to make a schedule of how to accomplish its aims. Setting up meals with friends, family, or other supports is all in the control of the person.
Another way a person can set up an eating disorder treatment schedule is to talk with others who have been through similar experiences. There are always groups online that are open for chat, even Facebook has groups that discuss treatment centers and various methods people have used to treat their disorders.
Ask questions! Lots of them! There are hundreds of resources out there. NEDA, ANRED, and other organizations that are specific for eating disorders are helpful in creating an eating disorder treatment schedule. (If you need resources on such organizations, click here for more information). Ask support groups in your local area for help and advice. Ask any member of a treatment team. Stop by the library to check out some reading materials to help educate and clarify any concerns.
Go to local support groups, DBT classes, awareness events and find support within the community. You do not have to make this journey alone.