Where can I go for treatment with an eating disorder?
Here at Addictionhelper we feel strongly about the lack of support available for eating disorders in the UK. As with anything on the NHS, effective treatment is few and far between, and usually involves long waiting lists. However, unlike other addictions, eating disorders are not catered for at the best value end of the private sector. There are private clinics in the UK that can work with eating disorders, but they are exclusive clinics that may not necessarily be affordable to all.
For those who are not able to afford the UK clinics, another option to consider is South African rehab clinics. Clinics in South Africa are much better equipped to deal with eating disorders as a primary addiction because they are able to provide the intensive support required. As with any addiction, those with an eating disorder are particularly vulnerable, with the added disadvantage that their drug of choice is readily available. Those coming off of heroin will not be able to access it within the clinic, but food cannot be avoided. Therefore, the person will need to be helped through mealtimes and supported between them.
Eating disorders are deeply psychological disorders that will take time to work through. By choosing a South African rehab clinic, the person will be able to access a three month programme for less than a one month programme in the UK. The surroundings are also breathtakingly beautiful, meaning the person is provided with added tranquility whilst they are getting well again. There is also a much larger focus on holistic therapies in South Africa, meaning the person in treatment will have access to a much larger variety of therapies than in the UK. For example, most South African clinics will offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (working with horses), reiki, acupuncture, and drumming therapy amongst the more traditional approaches.
At Addictionhelper we are proud to say that we make regular visits to the South African clinics so that we can confidently give you an up-to-date picture of what is going on at the clinic. We have close relationships with the staff members meaning that they are always just the other end of the phone should anything be urgently needed. We provide a seamless service from beginning to end, starting with a face-to-face assessment. We then provide a chaperone to support the person on their journey to South Africa where they will be met by staff from the clinic who will take care of them throughout their programme. Upon returning to the UK we then provide intensive counselling aftercare to make sure the support network continues throughout the recovery journey.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, please do feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.