Choosing a Level of Care for Eating Disorder Treatment can be incredibly stressful. The choice of care is ultimately dependent on two major factors: where you are in recovery, and the current severity of your disorder. It is best to allow a clinician determine the level of treatment your need – as you may not be in the right frame of mind or fit to make the healthiest decision. Or you may be… every ED is particular to one’s own circumstance.
I recently found this Webinar, titled: Levels of Care in Eating Disorder Treatment on NEDA’s Website. I highly recommend watching it from beginning until end… as it goes into detail on the intensity and requirements for all levels of care. Here are the levels in order of intensity.
- Inpatient Care: hospitalization
- Residential Treatment: 24/7 care in a non-hospital setting
- Partial Programs: 5 days a week, typically 9am – 4pm
- IOP or, Intensive Out Patient: Typically 3 nights a week for 3-4 hours
- Outpatient Team: therapists, dietitians, primary care physicians, psychologists etc.