If you know you’re suffering from an eating disorder, you may have been suffering in silence for a very long time. Now you’re thinking about reaching out for help, but you have to admit that you have a lot of questions that need answers first.
At Empowerment Treatment & Counseling, we understand your hesitation to get help, and we want you to know that we’re here for you. In this section, we cover many different questions that you might have about eating disorders and getting professional eating disorder treatment.
Do people ever really recover from eating disorders?
You may hear people say that they used to have anorexia, or they used to be bulimic, but they’re recovered now. It would be wonderful if it could be over just like that, but unfortunately, eating disordered thinking can follow you for the rest of your life. Eating disorder therapy focuses on improving your body image and giving you the tools you need to stay in continual recovery.
How long does eating disorder treatment last?
The answer to this question is going to be very personal for each of our clients. Our focus is outpatient services for those who don’t require inpatient eating disorder treatment, or who have just completed inpatient treatment. Your eating disorder treatment may last for a few months, or it may stretch out longer. We feel that it’s important to tailor your treatment to meet your unique needs.
What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment in Arizona?
Inpatient treatment for eating disorders is generally for those who need a higher level of supervision and care from a medical team during the earliest stages of eating disorder recovery. Clients who need inpatient treatment often have medical conditions that need to be addressed.
Outpatient treatment allows you to live at home, and you are able to participate in eating disorder counseling with your therapist, as well as support groups, and even family sessions.
What is Bulimia?
Bulimia is an eating disorder in which people eat large amounts of food at a time, when they’re alone. After they’ve eaten, they will force themselves to vomit. It’s not uncommon for bulimics to use laxatives, enemas or diet pills to encourage weight loss as well. Bulimia is very dangerous, and it can lead to all kinds of health problems, including heart failure and stomach ulcers.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating disorder refers to a condition in which large amounts of food are consumed in a short period of time. Those who binge usually do so because of negative emotions or feelings, and it can lead to a terrible cycle of bingeing, guilt and shame. Binge eating disorder can lead to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other serious health problems.
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa is what most people think of when they think of eating disorders, and it’s possibly the most common. Anorexics typically restrict their diets severely, or they stop eating entirely. They will exercise vigorously, abuse diet pills, take laxatives or use enemas on a regular basis. Anorexics are not always underweight because the weight doesn’t come off all at once. Serious health issues often result from anorexia.
What happens during trauma therapy in Arizona?
Going through a traumatic event can cause all kinds of problems in your life, including addictions, eating disorders and relationship issues. During trauma therapy, your counselor will utilize a variety of therapeutic methods to help uncover the trauma in your life, even if you can’t quite recall what it was. Once it is identified, the healing process can begin. Trauma therapy can be very intensive, but it is incredibly restorative.
Is emotional eating treatable?
Emotional eating is treatable, and the best approach to treatment is to get to the root cause of the problem. During your counseling sessions, you’ll talk with a therapist who can help you understand why you chose emotional eating as an outlet for your feelings. Group therapy can also be included in your treatment plan, which will provide you with additional peer support.
How can relationship counseling help to strengthen my marriage?
Lack of good communication in a marriage can cause a great deal of problems, and it often takes the assistance of a marriage counselor to help break down the walls that can form over time. When you choose to go to relationship counseling, you’ll participate with different therapeutic techniques that have been proven to be effective in restoring marriages that were once thought to be over.
Will my insurance cover counseling in Arizona?
Your health insurance benefits most likely include coverage for counseling. At Empowerment Treatment & Counseling, we participate with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. However, if you have a different health insurance plan, we will gladly provide you with the help you need to obtain reimbursement for out of network providers. For those who do not have health insurance, our sliding scale fees can make your counseling affordable for your monthly budget.
Why is group therapy beneficial?
Group therapy is incredibly beneficial for a number of reasons. Talking with a group of peers can help you understand what you have gone through with your own disorder or problem. It helps to know that you’re not alone, and that others understand and can identify with your struggles. It’s also very empowering when you’re able to help others as they recover. Quite often, people find that they’re able to form life-long friendships with the people they meet in group therapy, and these new relationships are so rewarding.
At Empowerment Treatment & Counseling, we know that you may have additional questions about what you can expect when you come to us for help. Whether you’re interested in eating disorder treatment, trauma therapy, or relationship counseling, we’re here to answer your questions and provide you with any assistance you may need.