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    Struggling with an eating disorder can be a challenging, frustrating experience for everyone involved, and not seeking help for an eating disorder can have serious life and health consequences. If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, finding the right eating disorder treatment center can literally mean the difference between life and death. There are many excellent eating disorder treatment centers across the United States to seek help from, and most offer several levels of care, including inpatient, residential, partial-hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient, so clients can access the level of care that's appropriate for their individual needs. If you're struggling with an eating disorder (or know someone who is), be sure to ask the following questions when seeking out appropriate care, so you can be sure the center you choose is the right one for your needs. 

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    Do you accept my insurance?

    Most eating disorder facilities accept most major insurance, but you should always check with the eating disorder treatment center, as well as your insurance company, before starting treatment. This will help you avoid unexpected expenses related to treatment.

    Which level of care is recommended?

    The level of care recommended will depend on several factors, including severity of the eating disorder, current eating-disorder related health concerns and the current support system in place. The eating disorder center will recommend the appropriate level of care after performing a full assessment.

    Will my insurance cover the entire cost of my care?

    Even if the eating disorder treatment center accepts your insurance, you may still be required to pay some of the cost out-of-pocket, depending on your insurance plan. Talk to your insurance company about your deductible, co-insurance amounts and out-of-pocket maximum before beginning treatment, so you know exactly what you will be expected to pay for care.

    Are you licensed and accredited?

    Any reputable eating disorder treatment center will be licensed in the state in which they operate, as well as accredited through one of the various agencies, such as CARF or the Joint Commission. Never accept eating disorder treatment at a facility that is not both licensed and accredited.

    Do you have licensed medical and clinical staff at the treatment center?

    A reputable eating disorder treatment facility will have licensed medical and clinical staff members, as well as a licensed and trained dietitian or nutritionist on staff, and all should be trained specifically in treating eating disorders. Always ask about staff credentials at the center before beginning treatment.

    Which types of eating disorders do you treat?

    Most eating disorder treatment centers offer treatment for a variety of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Before selecting a program and beginning treatment, make sure the center is trained and qualified to treat your specific eating disorder. 

    Does the eating disorder treatment center treat co-occurring issues?

    Many people who suffer from an eating disorder also struggle with other issues, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide ideation. If you struggle with other issues, as well as an eating disorder, make sure the eating disorder treatment center is equipped to also help treat your co-occurring issues, alongside the eating disorder itself. 

    Do you work with vegans, vegetarians or people with other food restrictions?

    Most eating disorder treatment centers will work with certain food restrictions, but not all. Some centers view vegan and other highly-restrictive diets (such as low-carb) as restrictive and part of the eating disorder itself. If you follow certain food restrictions, talk to the eating disorder treatment center before beginning treatment to find out whether they will allow you to follow your diet while you're in treatment.