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Help from an eating disorder clinic

Honestly asking the question of Do I have an eating Disorder? is a good place to start progressing in life. If you think you may have a problem, but only try and hide it, you're heading in the wrong direction.
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Help from an eating disorder clinic has changed drastically over the last five years. No longer should you wait for rock bottom. No longer should you try and manage or contain this issue yourself. There is a vast array of new help out there. Our Center for Healing and Life Transformation helps people with any kind of eating disorders at any stage of treatment. This means you don’t have to wait to have the issue progress into something where you would need to check into a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric clinic or even a drug rehab center. Disordered eating simply means that you do not know how to feed yourself!! Learning to manage your thoughts and emotions will help you overcome this issue. We have one of the best eating disorder specialists on the continent to help you and a team of our specialist consultants to help you overcome eating disorders, addictions or depression in a new, non-clinical environment. If you want to heal and be free from what holds you back, there has never been a better time in history to do so. 

What is Anorexia?

As an eating disorder treated through help from an eating disorder clinic is wide ranging. Today we will focus on anorexia which is defined as the compulsive avoidance of food.  In the area of sex and love, anorexia has a similar definition: Anorexia is the compulsive avoidance of giving or receiving social, sexual or emotional nourishment.

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All these issues have many different face and the treatment for each style of eating disorder is very different. There has been much debate about successful help from an eating disorder clinics for eating disorders at various psychiatric, drug rehabs or alternative wellness centers. What we like to remember is that we should never be overwhelmed by the problem. It is still an emotional problem of obsessive thinking that comes out in compulsion in the mind and body. Eating disorders are highly treatable and people feel overwhelmed by the idea of the sheer feelings of being out of control. What we must remember is that this is more often than not a form of self harm. It is a form of self hatred. It is not some uncontrollable issue sent from outer space. It is very similar to other addictions.

Addictions to coping mechanisms that just don’t work! We have seen many people since 2012 heal quite easily and comfortably, despite change being so difficult, once they brought a totally new perspective to the problem and let go of their need to control inner feelings with outer things. An equation that has never, and will never work for anybody. There is however a spiritual solution and by spiritual solution we mean one where we start by looking inward, not without. Here, we begin to heal all eating disorders, the same as you would get help from an eating disorder clinic and, to be brutally plain and honest, this is where help from an eating disorder clinic really starts. 

Some Varieties of Anorexia

Some of us may not have had sex or been in a close personal relationship in years.  Or we may be in partnerships but find it difficult to be emotionally close.  We may be the members in AA/NA who seldom speak in meetings, disappearing the instant the meeting is over.  Or we may be those who, outside meetings, are barely social.  Or we may be the kind who does not have intimate friendships.  We may have many acquaintances but no one we’re really close to.  Or we may have close relations with only certain people, our children, say, but keep our distance from anyone else.  There are many other varieties of anorexics  and ED’s as well.  But whichever kind we are, all of us in some important way have distanced ourselves from experiencing love.

As anorexics or as people with ED tendencies, we may have a wide range of feelings and responses.  Some of us feel overwhelmed in social settings.  Others of us get high by socialising with a great many people in order to keep ourselves from intimacy with any one person.  Some of us feel incapacitated by shyness in relationships with others.  Others of us are in a relationship but are passionate only in one area of it; for instance, we may be emotionally invested in the relationship but remain sexually or socially unavailable.

Just as our feelings have a wide range, so do our behaviour patterns. For some of us, anorexia might take the form of an overwhelming dread of making phone calls.  Some of us function well in particular situations, such as the workplace where intimacy is not usually valued, but find we are distant with family or friends.  Others of us have used alcohol or drugs to become emotionally withdrawn.  Or we have used them to become sexually, emotionally or socially daring, while essentially remaining out of contact with others in any meaningful way.  In this way, we have used other addictions to act out an eating disorder.

Anorexia and ED’s may be difficult to recognise

Anorexia is a form of sex and love addiction, but it is often hard to detect.  Other forms of sex and love addiction themselves can mask anorexia.  Indeed, anorexia may be masked to completely that the individual doesn’t recognise that anorexia is present at all.  Sexual promiscuity, for instance, may actually hide an avoidance of intimacy.  Co-dependency, while producing the ‘appearance’ of relationship, may actually hide a resistance to real relationship.

There are anorexics, of course, who are aware of ways in which they are anorexic or ED disordered in their eating.  But there are others of us who have no sense of what is lacking in our lives in matters of sex and relationship and social communion.  Many of us don’t even know what is possible. Some of us, for instance, know we can give love, but have no idea that love might be given to us.  Others of us know only what it is to respond to other people’s needs, but don’t know what our own needs might be.  Some of us have never known social joy, or honest intimacy, or emotional reciprocity.  We have no sense of these things.  Faced with getting our needs me, we are baffled because we can’t even name these needs.

Anorexia is not just fear of intimacy.  In some way, every person alive is afraid of intimacy, for shyness, modesty and a sense of privacy are natural human endowments.  But we anorexics have made fear of intimacy into a fixed policy, automatically operating.  And anorexia may operate without a hum, with scarcely a ripple.

For while there are blatantly acted-out forms of anorexia, there are also quiet, subtle forms of it.  Some anorexics may be in no other way addicted.  However, beneath the surface, anorexia is a busy addiction: it consists of not doing something, and not doing something, and not doing something.  Not trusting, not committing, not surrendering.  Here, unlike picking up a drink or shooting up a drug, anorexia’s symptoms are obscure, uneventful.  Here anorectics don’t act-out; they act in – by refusing to act.  For anorexia maintains itself by industriously declining to allow movement: outwardly the anorectic may appear to be quite still; inwardly the anorectic may feel quite still so.  And so the anorectic pattern may remain invisible.  Numbness to itself may make anorexia additionally difficult to notice as well.

Anorexia is a great disguiser, bloody liar, and that’s one of the first things you learn when getting help from an eating disorder clinic.  It can look like natural shyness or modesty or reserve.  Even when hidden under extroversion or charm, anorexia often maintains a quiet, status-quo state.  It can even put on the face of spiritual purity.  And neutral or vivid, it can go on for years unsuspected. Anger, resentments and more anger underlie the disease. 

For more help with eating disorders, anorexia, depression or any other form of addiction, personality, mood or stress issue, contact info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za and visit our main website www.healingandlifetransformation.com