Updated on 4/14/2023
“School’s Out for Summer” is a modern state of mind for many children, teenagers, college students and sometimes even parents. Summer, although fun for many, can be a significant struggle for those who are in recovery for either a mental health disorder or an eating disorder. This blog offers insight into the value of attending treatment during the summer.
With an Eating Disorder, Summer Can Be Triggering
Summer often comes with a change in schedule, and this change can potentially lead some to fall off track while in recovery. Summers also bring more social gatherings and get-togethers, which can be triggering, especially in the presence of certain foods.
Body image struggles are usually heightened during the summer as well, as many individuals are concerned about fitting into a bathing suit or skimpier clothes to enjoy the warmer season. This can result in unhealthy eating patterns, body shaming, low self-esteem and depression. A summer treatment program properly equipped to help can be a life-changer.
How Do I Know if I Need Summer Eating Disorder Treatment?
If you are a college student or graduate student, summer is the perfect time to enter treatment in between spring and fall semesters without falling behind in school. This allows you to return for the following school year with a new outlook, renewed energy and the ability to truly focus on your studies as well as your recovery.
If you have young kids or high school kids who are in school, it can be easier to take a break from your parenting duties during the summer months. During the summer your elementary-aged kids do not require rides to and from school, homework help or field trip chaperones. A summer program can help you, as a parent, step up and assist with all of these responsibilities when the next school year rolls around.
Signs and symptoms you might be in need of a summer treatment program:
- Experiencing difficulties at work or school
- Engaging in risky behavior
- Struggling financially as a result of an eating disorder
- Experiencing health problems or legal issues
- Finding less time for family and other responsibilities
- Abandoning previously enjoyed hobbies, interests, or friendships
- Feeling the need for secrecy
Some time in recovery can change the rest of your life. If you are looking for support for an eating disorder this summer, contact Center for Discovery and get your life back today.
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