“School’s Out for summer” is a modern state of mind for many children, teenagers, college students and sometimes even parents. However, summer, although can be fun for many; can be a significant struggle for those who are in recovery for either a mental health disorder or an eating disorder. Summer comes with a change in schedule for many, and this change can potentially lead some to fall off track as summers also bring more social gatherings and get-togethers, which can be triggering for those in recovery, especially in the presence of triggering foods and alcohol. Statistics show that violent crimes among teenagers and young adults increase during the summer as a result of having too much free time and emergency room trauma statistics are higher compared to the rest of the year. Body image struggles are usually heightened during the summer, 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.
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 your sobriety, renewed energy, and the ability to truly focus on your studies.
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 treatment 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 A two-week program can allow new clients to learn about the ins and outs of treatment while reinforcing healthy coping skills for both alumni who have previously completed a longer-term treatment program for their mental health or eating disorder or people who are interested in a shorter treatment program.