How To Find the Best Eating Disorder Rehab Near Me

By The Fix staff 03/15/19

Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States, and is more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. If you need help, you're not alone. Read our guide about how to find the right eating disorder rehab.

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Changing your relationship with food can be extremely difficult to do on your own. Food is a necessity and, unlike drugs and alcohol, it cannot be abstained from as a means to recover. Due to this difficulty, people decide to search for help online—commonly, for “eating disorder rehabs near me.” While this can be a good choice for some, there are many benefits to getting away for eating disorder treatment rather than staying at an eating disorder rehab near home.

Are you searching for eating disorder rehabs near you?

There may be benefits to going to an eating disorder treatment center that is not near you. Some of these can include:

    • Getting away from your triggers. If you are surrounded with triggers before you have the therapy to learn how to deal with them, it can prove to be very difficult. This can include stressful situations with friends and family, or restaurants that you tend to binge at.

    • Confidentiality. If you decide to choose a treatment center from the “eating disorder rehab near me” search results, you could run the risk of running into people that you may know. Being in a new place with no familiar faces might allow you to open up more and be more serious about your treatment.
    • Better treatment. Some major cities attract the best of the best, while some do not. You may be missing out on some of the best treatment available by sticking with an eating disorder rehab near you. Branching out and getting the best that treatment has to offer can make all the difference in your recovery.

Eating Disorders

While there are many eating disorders, there are four that present themselves most commonly. They are binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and orthorexia.

Binge Eating Disorder

If you are in a cycle of binge eating followed by strict dieting, you are not alone. According to Healthine, 2.8 million people suffer from Binge Eating Disorder. It often begins in the late teens or early twenties, and for women it is most common in early adulthood. However, for men, it is most common in midlife. It is the most common eating disorder in the United States, and is more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia.

While you do not have to be medically overweight to become diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder, 2 out of 3 people who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder are also medically obese. Many of these people feel as if weight loss surgery is the thing they need in order to fix their binge eating issues, but this is not the case.

To become diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder, you would be exhibiting 3 out of the following 4 symptoms:

  1. Eating really fast or past the point of feeling full
  2. Experiencing negative feelings of shame, guilt, or remorse about binge eating
  3. Eating a lot even when you’re not hungry
  4. Eating alone, particularly because you’re embarrassed about how much you’re eating are the major symptoms of binge eating disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

If you are suffering from anorexia, it is extremely important you receive treatment as soon as possible. This is because anorexia has the highest death rate of all mental health conditions, and 1 in 5 deaths from anorexia are from suicide. Anorexia is characterized by a preoccupation with body weight or shape and limiting food intake, resulting in unhealthy weight loss. Typically, Anorexia is a co-occuring disorder alongside anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress.

According to the National Eating Disorders of America, the symptoms of Anorexia include:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Hidrd weight loss
  • Is preoccupied with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Refuses to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food
  • Makes frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight despite weight loss
  • Complains of constipation, abdominal pain, cold intolerance, lethargy, and/or excess energy
  • Denies feeling hungry
  • Develops food rituals (e.g., eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate)
  • Cooks meals for others without eating
  • Consistently makes excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Expresses a need to “burn off” calories taken in
  • Maintains an excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • Withdraws from usual friends and activities and becomes more isolated, withdrawn, and secretive
  • Seems concerned about eating in public
  • Has intense fear of weight gain or being “fat,” even though underweight
  • Post Puberty female loses menstrual period

Bulimia Nervosa

According to MedlinePlus, bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person has regular episodes of eating a very large amount of food (bingeing), and during which the person feels a loss of control over eating. The person then uses different ways, such as vomiting or laxatives (purging), to prevent weight gain. Many people who suffer from bulimia also suffer from anorexia, and vice versa.

Bulimia affects 4.7 million females and 1.5 million males, and while bulimia occurs most commonly in the adolescent and young adult years, it has been diagnosed in patients as young as six years old as well as among older adults. Bulimia can be fatal, not only because of the damage done from constant bingeing and purging but also through increased suicide rates. Sadly, only 1 in 10 people suffering from bulimia actually receive treatment.

Some behavioral symptoms include:

  • Binge eating
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Impulsivity
  • Self-harm
  • Vomiting after overeating
  • Lack of restraint around food

Orthorexia Disorder

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, the term ‘orthorexia’ was coined in 1998 and means an obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating. Society today has an obsession with healthy eating, including many different types of healthy diets, fads, smoothies and more. This disorder has come on the rise, starting with simple calorie counting to growing into a larger disorder.

This can be a confusing disorder, since the goal is to be as healthy as possible. However, orthorexia is a symptom of a larger issue with things such as anxiety and control. This means it should be taken extremely seriously, and eating disorder treatment should be considered. Since orthorexia involves a large amount of restriction, much like anorexia, malnutrition can be present and rapid weight loss can occur. In addition, a large percentage of people suffering from orthorexia also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder.

Some key symptoms of Orthorexia include:

  • Compulsive checking of ingredient lists and nutritional labels
  • An increase in concern about the health of ingredients
  • Cutting out an increasing number of food groups
  • An inability to eat anything but a narrow group of foods that are deemed ‘healthy’
  • Unusual interest in the health of what others are eating
  • Spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at upcoming events
  • Showing high levels of distress when ‘safe’ or ‘healthy’ foods aren’t available
  • Obsessive following of food and ‘healthy lifestyle’ blogs on Twitter and Instagram
  • Body image concerns may or may not be present

Change your relationship with food.

We understand that having a healthy relationship with food may seem impossible. Food is a necessity in life, something that humans require in order to survive. Alcohol or drug abuse are behaviors that can be changed by abstaining and continued therapy, but food cannot be abstained from. However, help is available and a healthy relationship with food is on the horizon if you complete treatment at an eating disorder rehab.

When someone is suffering from an eating disorder, they tend to have foods, or categories of foods, that they can “never” eat. This can be such as things as carbohydrates or dessert. If someone is in a diet cycle, they completely abstain from those foods and it gives them a certain allure. When a binge cycle sets in, those are the first foods to reach for and they tend go overboard. In addition, if you are counting points or macros and restrict yourself from eating certain foods, the same cycle can repeat again. Does this sound familiar?

Recovery isn’t measured by a number.

Many people suffering from an eating disorder believe that if they reach their target goal weight, or achieve their perfect ideal body type, then all their problems will go away. When someone enters treatment, recovery is not measured by the number on the scale or measuring tape. You do not need to be a size 0 in order to be beautiful. Health and beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes. 

Love what you see in the mirror.

Chances are it has been a long time since you have truly been happy with yourself and the way you look. One of the hallmark symptoms of having an eating disorder is having extremely low self confidence or self esteem. This can go for any and all eating disorders. You are likely at an all-time low, and cannot manage the constant damaging cycle of your eating disorder anymore. Imagine receiving treatment from an eating disorder rehab, either near you or out of town, and being able to love yourself for exactly who you are.

Dieting culture and today’s society have ingrained in our brain that we have to be skinny in order to be beautiful. However, this is not the case. Beauty comes in all forms, and all beauty is to be celebrated. We invite you to ditch dieting, throw away the scale and toss the measuring tape. You can break free from your eating disorder and live a happy life with a healthy relationship with food. Help is available, and you don’t have to look much further.


There are many different types of treatment options available for people who are seeking it. There are specialized treatments available, as well as dual-diagnostic treatment to treat any co-occurring mental health disorders that are typical to eating disorders.

If you are able to treat both your co-occuring disorder (such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress), then you will find a more successful recovery. Treating one without the other can exacerbate the other, so make sure you are honest with your admissions specialist in what exactly is going on. That way, you will be able to receive the proper help customized to your needs.

No two eating disorders are the same, since they are rooted in many different causes and are symptoms of various larger issues that someone can be dealing with. With so many varying factors, there is no clear-cut direction every person with an eating disorder should travel. You will need to find what is right for you.

Inpatient Treatment

Choosing to enroll in an inpatient eating disorder rehab can be beneficial for many reasons. Some of these benefits can include:

  • Immersive treatment. At an inpatient eating disorder rehab, you will live in the treatment facility and receive round-the-clock care. Meals and lodging are provided, and you will be assigned a therapist to work with you throughout your stay. This close-knit experience helps to make a complete lifestyle change and allow the client to completely focus on their care.
  • No distractions. Day-to-day life offers plenty of distractions, especially if someone has children, a spouse, a job or school to tend to. Any of these things can be potential stressors that trigger an eating disorder, so being able to separate from these things will allow you to learn healthy coping skills. You can then take these healthy coping skills home and better handle situations than you could if you stayed home.
  • Greater chances of recovery. Making recovery a 24 hour a day commitment to your recovery will force you take it more seriously. Studies have shown that from different forms of treatment programs, residential treatment programs most likely result in the higher rates of continued recovery.

Outpatient Treatment

Someone might choose to enter an outpatient rehab near home, and depending on the severity of the eating disorder, this can be an acceptable choice as well. If you want to choose an outpatient treatment center, some benefits can include:

  • Convenience. If you chose to go to an outpatient eating disorder rehab, you won’t have to change much going on in your life. You won’t have to disrupt any logistical day-to-day routines in your life, such as work or family.
  • Cost of care. Outpatient eating disorder treatment can cost much less than inpatient. Some inpatient eating disorder rehabs might not be covered by all insurance companies, and costs can go beyond a typical family’s means.

Nearby support. Having a support system around you can make all the difference in eating disorder recovery. Being able to interact with supportive family and friends can be very comforting. In addition, you’ll also be able to build meaningful relationships with people like you in your community, and lean on like-minded people through hard times. Being able to learn from others who have walked in your shoes and receive advice can make all the difference in your ongoing recovery.

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