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Eating Disorder Intervention

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ARISE® Eating Disorder Intervention

Eating disorders often involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors. These all move around weight and food. Disorder include but are not limited to: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other feeding or eating disorders. They disrupt the life of the person suffering, as well as the family. Recent studies show that up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. Unfortunately, only 1 in 10 receives treatment for their condition.

The Warning Signs

An eating disorder is an extreme and severe disruption of a person’s eating behavior. This disruption leads to dangerous behavior. Self-harming behavior, denial, and serious medical side-effects all appear.

Family members may notice a change in eating habits and patterns. A sharp reduction or increase in the amount of food a person eats can be a warning sign that a loved one is in trouble. Often, they may be in denial about the problem. Eating disorders are very similar to substance abuse and alcoholism. These two addictions may also co-occur with an eating disorder.

The addicted individual may experience feelings of distress, concern, and a lack of clear vision about body weight and shape. An eating disorder is a serious emotional and physical problem that can have life-threatening consequences.

Males and females of all ages are prone to:

  • heart disease,
  • stroke,
  • diabetes, and/or
  • premature death

However, no matter how hopeless you and your family may feel, there is hope for recovery. It is important to participate in the process and prepare to work together.

An ARISE® Eating Disorder Intervention is an effective way to help someone you love to get the help and treatment they need. For any eating disorder, it is vital for the Person of Concern to get help. Eating disorders are progressive diseases that only intensifies without the proper treatment. These conditions will increase to the point of hospitalization. Eating disorders are often complicated. Often eating disorders are accompanied by additional behavioral or substance-related choices.

There IS Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery

Many people who have an eating disorder can connect to a deep emotional or psychological issue that adds to their illness. Our specialized Certified ARISE® Interventionists are highly qualified. They have the knowledge and experience to handle even the most complex cases. Family members living with someone with an eating disorder may experience stress or feelings of hopelessness. Your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will work with all of you to gain peace of mind.

The ARISE® Continuum of Care

Our Certified ARISE® professionals will work with you and the important members of your family. Their job is to help get your Person of Concern into treatment as easily as possible. ARISE® gets over 83% of individuals into treatment within three weeks, 96% into treatment within six months and 61% in recovery by the end of the year. Your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will help you select an eating disorder treatment facility that is right for your loved one.

Once your loved one enters treatment, your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will continue working with your family. In collaboration with the treatment facility or outpatient professionals, he or she will help move your loved one to the next phase of recovery. Recommendations for this next step of recovery will be reached as one unit. The treatment facility, other providers, your Person of Concern, the family, and your Certified ARISE® Interventionist work together.

You and your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will continue to collaborate together for a minimum of the next six months. During this time, ARISE® will assist with life skills and healing. Measures of monitoring and accountability will be put into place to suit both your needs and your environment. In conjunction with your Certified ARISE® Interventionist, rehabilitation experts, and the support of family members, it IS possible to recover from an eating disorder.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is an eating disorder?

A: An eating disorder is characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. There is a large range of psychological disorders that fall under the classification of eating disorders including but not limited to: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, compulsive over-eating, and other specified feeding or eating disorder.

Q: What causes an eating disorder?

A: The cause of eating disorders is not fully known, although it is believed that both environment and biological factors play a role. It is also thought that societal pressure and cultural idealization of “thinness” may contribute to eating disorders. Parental influence is shown to play a key role in the eating behavior of children and teens, and maladaptive parenting can play a role in the development of eating disorders. Those who have experienced trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse as a child, and social isolation are more likely to develop an eating disorder. It is important to remember that eating disorders affect men and women of all ages.

Q: What treatment is available for eating disorders?

A: Treatment for eating disorders varies by the type and severity of the disorder. There is a wide variety of treatments available, and utilized for eating disorders. Often a family physician is the first professional involved in treatment and can play a key role in referring patients to the appropriate psychiatrists, therapists and nutritionists. There are treatment centers with both in-patient and outpatient programs focused on eating disorder recovery. There are also a wide variety of support groups for those seeking eating disorder recovery and support, (such as Over Eaters Anonymous). In some severe situations a hospital stay may be utilized.

Q: Can you fully recover from an eating disorder?

A: Without treatment up to 20% of people suffering from a serious eating disorder die. With treatment, that number falls to 2%. With treatment about 60-85% of people with eating disorders recover (https://www.anred.com/stats.html), they maintain a health weight, are able to eat a varied diet and live a normal life. Family involvement in treatment and longterm care greatly increases positives outcomes. For many people living in recovery from their eating disorder is a lifelong struggle, but recovery IS possible.

Q: How do I support someone who is experiencing an eating disorder? What can I do?

A: If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone, there is hope and recovery IS possible. It is important to express your concerns in a loving, supportive, non-confrontational way. An ARISE® Eating Disorder Intervention can help you get your loved one the help they need to find recovery from their eating disorder.

Q: How do I know if I, or someone I love has an eating disorder?

A: Since there are many types of eating disorders, the signs and symptoms for someone suffering from an eating disorder can very greatly. Typical warning signs include extreme emotions, attitude and behaviors surrounds weight and food, inadequate food intake, intense fear of weight gain, self esteem related issues, binge-eating, fad-dieting, frequent vomiting, extremely low body weight, feelings of shame surrounding body image and food, and feelings of being out of control with food.