Sustained recovery requires careful planning and for many patients, this means utilizing the full continuum of care. Recovery takes place over years of mindful application and lessons learned in treatment. At The Meadows Ranch, we help you learn to let go of unhealthy eating behaviors. More importantly, we help you discover who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image so you can overcome your eating disorder and gain true self-confidence.

The Ten Components of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has defined ten fundamental elements that are required along the road to recovery.

  • Self-Direction: choosing to seek recovery and actively seeking it out
  • Individualized and Person-Centered: recovery is unique to each individual in regard to that person’s strengths, needs, experiences and cultural background
  • Empowerment: the patient has control over her future and the ability to speak for herself about what she needs, wants and aspires to
  • Holistic: recovery emphasizes the whole person – mind, body, spirit and emotions
  • Nonlinear: recovery doesn’t always happen in a consistent step-by-step basis – there is continual growth, learning and occasional setbacks – recovery begins when the patient recognizes that positive change is possible
  • Strengths-Based: recovery focuses on building on the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, coping abilities and inherent worth of the individual
  • Peer Support: support through sharing experiences, knowledge and skills with others during the recovery process can help the patient and others by giving each a sense of belonging and community
  • Respect: acceptance, protection of rights and elimination of discrimination and stigma are necessary for regaining self-acceptance and the patient’s personal belief in her worth
  • Hope: the message of a positive future and the understanding that people can overcome even the hardest challenges is a belief that must be internalized

The exact treatment needs for individuals struggling with an eating disorder vary from person to person. For this reason, it’s important to coordinate a treatment plan with the provider and healthcare professional that is best suited to the patient’s unique requirements.

Asking for Help

It can be scary to ask for help to overcome an eating disorder, but gaining support from a trusted person in your life, is for many people, the first step on the road to recovery. Alternately, some find it less threatening to confide in a treatment specialist, such as an eating disorder counselor or nutritionist, to initiate change.

Your friend or family member may be shocked when you tell them about your eating disorder, but it’s important to remain hopeful. Take the time to discuss the ways you’d like them to support you during your recovery process.

The next step is to find a healthcare specialist to guide you through the recovery process. At The Meadows Ranch, we partner with healthcare professionals to help patients feel comfortable, accepted and safe when transitioning into treatment. For more information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to one of our Intake Coordinators at 866-390-5100. You can also complete a form and we will contact you with the information you need.

For more than 20 years, The Meadows Ranch has partnered with hundreds of psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dieticians and primary therapists. The vast majority of our patient referrals come from these professionals. Through inpatient eating disorder and anxiety treatment, we help women and girls to stabilize and commit to recovery. Then, we return them to the referring professional for ongoing outpatient care. Together, we make recovery a reality.