Eating disorder recovery does not stop after treatment. It involves careful planning and the use of gained skills to prevent from reverting back to old eating habits. Willow Place for Women encourages that women that have entered treatment for eating disorders get involved with aftercare activities to prevent the risk of an eating disorder relapse. We begin working on an aftercare program with each client during treatment, and complete it before they are discharged.
Counseling: Because the effects and emotions that come along with eating disorders don’t disappear overnight, continued counseling is encouraged during aftercare. Therapy gives a woman who is in eating disorder recovery a supportive, trustworthy, and understanding outlet to review related emotions and coping skills.
Support Groups: Being surrounded by support and individuals that have empathy for those that have dealt with the perils of eating disorders is additional help during recovery aftercare. Finding local support groups that hold meetings will provide additional influence and motivation for long-term recovery success.
Healthy Lifestyle: Use knowledge gained in treatment and implement it throughout daily life. Going to the gym, pre-planning healthy meals, and brushing up on nutrition education will keep a woman recovering from an eating disorder in top mental shape during recovery aftercare. Taking the knowledge learned throughout treatment and using it will form a new, healthy lifestyle with great potential for success.