Length of Stay

How long is inpatient eating disorder treatment?

Time In Treatment

How long does rehab really take? We understand that this is a concern when considering eating disorder treatment. Many people want to expedite their path to recovery, but effective treatment can’t be rushed. Why? Because you’re not just addressing one issue, but also the many underlying factors that have contributed to developing this disorder. If you don’t take the time to get to the root causes of a substance use or mental health disorder, you put yourself at greater risk of relapse.

Each person’s length of treatment is unique to the individual. While the average patient stay is approximately six to eight weeks, length of stay varies due to a range of factors including severity of symptoms, physical and medical complications, and personal treatment goals.

Effective Treatment Takes Time

There are several understandable reasons to want to speed up the treatment process. Taking time away from family, work, school, and friends can have financial, relational, or academic consequences. It can also be difficult to explain a longer absence to co-workers, teachers, coaches, and others, making it a privacy concern.

Common barriers to treatment:

  • I can’t leave my job
  • I can’t miss school or activities
  • Who will take care of my kids or pets?
  • I can’t afford it
  • I can’t leave my partner

The reality is, if you’re at the point of needing help, your disorder has probably already begun to negatively impact your job or education and your relationships. You’ll be a better partner, employee, student, parent, teammate, and friend once you’ve completed treatment. And many insurance programs cover at least part of the cost of eating disorder treatment.

While time away for inpatient treatment can seem difficult logistically, taking the time now to fully heal and develop recovery tools will pay life-long dividends. If you cut corners on treatment the first time, you are more likely to wind up returning, which will be more costly financially, physically, and emotionally.

Complex Disorders, Co-occurring Conditions

Eating disorders are complex diseases, and they don’t happen in a vacuum. In other words, getting help is just the beginning. Anyone can change their habits for a short amount of time. But recovery is about more than just abstaining from unhealthy habits, it’s about understanding the disorder and how it works. It’s about doing the deep work to get to the root causes, so you don’t just experience temporary recovery, but you are able to maintain lasting change and create the life you really want.

It won’t be easy, but it will be the most important thing you ever do for yourself. You can’t be truly healthy until you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. This may involve confronting unresolved trauma or co-occurring mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or ADHD. You’ll also work on general coping skills and change unhealthy patterns. And before you leave, you’ll have a concrete plan for how to live out what you learned in treatment once you return home.

Eating Disorder Warning Signs

If someone you care about has an eating disorder, you’d think it would be easy to spot. But no two situations look the same, which are why some EDs can go undetected for years.

Not everyone who has an eating disorder is skeletally thin. Some people can seem self-confident about their bodies and appearance to mask a deeper issue. And meeting people who are preoccupied with dieting, obsessively track everything they eat, exercise non-stop, and forgo anything with carbs isn’t that uncommon in our looks-obsessed world. While these behaviors might make you question whether someone has a problem, there are some reliable markers that are symptoms of eating disorders.

Be on the lookout for these eating disorder warning signs:

  • A discernable change in behavior, thinking, mood, or interpersonal relationships
  • Chapped lips, graying skin
  • Fainting spells from malnutrition and dehydration
  • Hair loss
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Dental erosion from self-induced vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low energy and a lack of overall health

Help for Eating Disorders

Brighten Bay has a proven track record of helping women and young girls struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders including avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, body image disorders, and food phobias — all with the aim of achieving long-lasting recovery.

Brighten Bay not only focuses on treatment of eating disorders but their underlying causes and related trauma. Through our bio-psycho-social-spiritual eating disorder treatment approach and clinical excellence, patients find the strength to confront their problems and learn what tools are necessary to overcome their disorder.

Before they return home, a tailor-made aftercare plan is developed that includes a support team to help them successfully continue their recovery. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

For more information on treatment for eating disorders at Brighten Bay, don’t hesitate to reach out today.

Get Answers to Your Questions

If you or a loved one would like to know more about eating disorder treatment at The Brighten Bay, give us a call to speak to one of our trained admissions specialists. We’re here to help.