National Eating Disorders Association

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Meal Support/Recovery outside intreatment or IOP

Hi...I am new here and trying to figure out where I might go to get support. I feel like my therapist/nutritionist/doctor are all trying to push me into inpatient treatment again and I understand why but in truth I really want/need to figure out how to be healthy in my real life. Last time I went into inpatient I ended up having to leave my job and relapsing afterwards..Though it is true that this time I would have better support coming out of treatment if somehow I could make treatment happen.

IOP requires a lot of time as well and I need and want to work. How do you all find the support you need and maintain a job and pay the expenses of treatment?

Maybe this is a place I can find at least some support.

I'm so glad you've reached

I'm so glad you've reached out here!

I'm happy to hear that you seem to have a good team behind you with your therapist, nutrition, and doctor, but I can see how intensive treatment can make you feel disconnected rather than learning how to overcome the struggles you face in your normal day-to-day life. Treatment is often a long rocky journey on its own and adding in other responsibilities of work doesn't help.

Though I don't have personal experience with inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, I have talked to professionals and do feel like taking their advice and recommendations is best. They are there to help to do all they can to support you and are the ones with the most extensive knowledge to make those recommendations. I think of it as a type of investment - though treatment might interfere now in the short term with your job, it can give you the best chance of finding happiness and success in the long term. It may be a sacrifice now but it can pay off in the end and help you get the help you need to maintain recovery later on.

Have you expressed your concerns about work to your doctor or therapist or nutritionist? Being open about your hesitations may help them find a treatment program that is more tailored to you than previous ones. Honesty and open communication are on your side.

I am really happy that you thinking over this balance between treatment and work though - it shows you are strong and serious about your life, and that is truly inspiring!

Here are some links with more information that may be helpful to you:
Stories of Hope:

All the best!

Also, you can find more information by calling the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (M-R 9-9EST, F 9-5EST). Th

Hello Surrender

First, let me say as a former anorexic and bulimic, I am proud of you for reaching out. That alone takes more courage and strength than staying silent and suffering. I personally, was admitted to an inpatient facility for attempted suicide and was forced to stay for a few days. I was released for a couple of reasons, I acknowledged my problem and agreed to get help out in the real world and stick with it. Talk with your employer or HR department and discuss a leave of absence (FMLA). This may allow you to temporarily leave your job without compromising a return. But to be honest, you have to do what is best for you to do. Whatever is going to make you healthiest. If you need further support, I am here.

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