When looking for an eating disorder recovery center, it most likely is not at a time when anxiety and concerns are low. It is typically a time froth with concern, worry, fear, and perhaps uncertainty as well. Overwhelm is an emotion frequently felt, as one is navigating through uncharted territory. There are many areas to consider when beginning the search for a recovery center. Here, we will address 3 things to look for when finding an eating disorder recovery center: 1. The level of care 2. The types of services offered - holistic and traditional - East meets West 3. Questions to ask and eating disorder recovery steps and goals So, where does one begin?... First, with a deep breath. Eating disorder recovery is available! Learning some of the questions to ask, understanding the philosophy and resources of the center, and knowing the services offered are helpful things to look for when finding an eating disorder recovery center. Knowing the appropriate level of care is the first step. Inpatient care can be characterized as the highest level of care when 24-hour monitoring is essential. Typically this level of care takes place in a hospital setting or specialized facility. The focus is on acute care, and monitoring of medical needs associated with this high level of care is necessary. Length of stay may range from a few days to a few weeks. Residential care is a live-in setting, recommended for individuals who are medically stable, have perhaps left inpatient care, or are not yet completely ready for a step down to lower levels of care. Average stay can vary from weeks to months, with the goal of stabilization both medically and psychologically from eating disorder symptomatology. Intensive outpatient care allows the individual to live in their own residence, return to the facility for appointments, and participate in scheduled programs onsite. The number of days of attendance at the recovery center varies, as does the number of hours per day. Outpatient care takes on a full range of options from [individual therapy](https://bodypositiveworks.com/Expertise/Eating-Disorders), group therapy, family therapy, appointments with dietitians/nutritionists, medical doctors, and supportive practices, such as holistic modalities (i.e. yoga, meditation, reiki, acupuncture, etc.). The frequency of appointments is determined by the severity of the eating disorder and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Recently there has been a refreshing integration of holistic modalities, such as [yoga,] (https://bodypositiveworks.com/Services/Yoga), meditation, [reiki,] (https://bodypositiveworks.com/Services/Reiki) acupuncture, tai chi, chi gong, [homeopathy,] (https://bodypositiveworks.com/Services/Homeopathy) and expressive arts, such as dance and music, within traditional areas of practice such as [nutrition,] (https://bodypositiveworks.com/Services/Nutrition) [psychotherapy,](https://bodypositiveworks.com/Services/Psychotherapy) and medical consultation. The union of Eastern and Western philosophies and techniques has led to a more expansive understanding of healing from eating disorders and provided a plethora of supportive resources and tools. When considering an eating disorder recovery center, note the availability and integration of these resources, as they have the ability to enhance individualized eating disorder recovery steps and goals. A comprehensive approach, where a variety of services are offered, gives the fullest experience to recovery. Next, begin to ask questions! - What is the philosophy of the recovery center? - What are the credentials of the professionals? - Are families involved in the recovery process? - [What do others say about the recovery center?](https://bodypositiveworks.com/About-Us/Testimonials) - Is a holistic and spiritual approach offered? - Are services individualized for each person? - [Do they treat co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse?](https://bodypositiveworks.com/Expertise/Addiction) Lastly, let’s discuss eating disorder steps and goals. They are as individualized as each person seeking them. The first step, however, is admitting that help is necessary...and from there, the path to recovery is unique, but with some common threads. Consider on the road to recovery such areas as: - Self-empowerment - Self-care - Belief in self - Relationship with food - Relationship with one's own body - Societal messages - Perfectionism - Expectations of self - Spirituality - Education about nutrition, and function of the body - Self-esteem, self-confidence - Interpersonal relationships Eating disorder recovery is yours to have - find support, find meaning, and find yourself!