I went ahead and created an e-mail for the blog so that people could send in questions without worrying that the rest of the world can see who asked the question. If you want to ask me any questions about my recovery, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to make relevant blog posts regarding your questions. While I will not be able to respond to each individual email, I will read through your questions as time permits and and try to add helpful posts and resources to the blog for you.
Praying for all of you,
As many of you know, the cost of inpatient treatment can be outrageously expensive and insurance rarely covers the expenses. Consequently, people are denied treatment every day because they cannot afford the care they so desperately need. If you or someone you know is in need of residential treatment but is unable to afford the expenses, consider looking into the Northfield Cumberland Home in Virginia. A dear friend and mentor of mine, Gwen Seiler, has devoted the last several years of her life to creating a Christ-centered program that offers a safe-haven for women to receive treatment at a significantly reduced cost. According to Northfield’s website, “45 days at the Northfield Cumberland Home is less expensive than the average 3 – 7 day hospitalization.” Northfield offers both residential and outpatient services, as well as weekend retreats. Visit http://www.northfieldministries.org/ today to discover if this program is right for you or your loved one.
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Elisabeth Peterson is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) who served a pivotal role in my recovery. She offers terrific individual counseling, a variety of workshops, and life-changing support groups. Elisabeth understands the complexity of eating disorders, and she patiently works with her clients to help them navigate the road to recovery. Seeking help can be a terrifying step, but Elisabeth’s nurturing approach makes that step much easier to take.
If you are struggling and do not currently meet with a registered dietician, I would strongly encourage you to contact Elisabeth today.
Choosing to seek help and enter treatment can be terrifying. I remember the overwhelming stress and fear I faced when making this same decision. It can feel as though you are balancing the weight of the world on your shoulders, while a million different thoughts race through your head at once. There are so many questions, so many doubts. If you’re anything like I was at the time, you fear it will ruin the perfect facade you attempt to present to the world everyday. But I guarantee you it is a choice worth making. None of us are perfect. We are all flawed. No matter how great your fear might be, choosing recovery is the best decision you could possibly make.
While you did not choose to have an eating disorder, you can choose where you go from here. Seek help today. This is not a battle meant for you to fight on your own. It is crucial that you find a team of qualified professionals to help you gain the skills needed to break free from this struggle. There are reasons why you developed an e.d. and it is so important that you work with a treatment team to understand the varying layers of this illness and formulate a plan to meet your specific needs. This blog in no way can serve as a substitute for you seeking treatment. The only purpose for this blog is to offer encouragement along the way. If you don’t know where to begin, a great place to start is by visiting https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.