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10 Reasons Why People Recovering From Eating Disorders Should Live in Supported Housing.

10 Reasons Why People Recovering From Eating Disorders Should Live in Supported Housing.

Are you ready to recover from eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia or binge? The path to recovering from an eating disorder starts with you accepting your condition that you have a problem, to seeking help that will help you overcome the problem through experts that are dedicated to helping you return to your normal living conditions. Supported housing is one way that helps service users who have left a clinical environment and have reached medical stability but still need proper support to transition into independent living and real life situations to enable you to pursue your academic, vocational goals so that you can manage life with confidence, joy, feel hopeful about your future and experience a prosperous life. 

Here are 10  reasons why you should live in a supported housing if you are in active eating disorder recovery.

1: 24 Hour Community Support

People with eating disorders need transitional living because of deteriorating family relationships. They often feel misunderstood, feel that they are a burden. Community support to service users helps them remember that they are not alone. Successful long term recovery allows them to transition into real life situations. They can go to work and school during the day and return to the house in the evening for support and community.  They can manage life with confidence, joy and so that they feel hopeful and experience a prosperous life. Within supported housing they can feel apart of the community by shopping with support workers, planning activities such as cooking, group workshops and outings to build confidence as well as support from other residents.  

2: Reduced Relapse Rate

Relapse rates for anorexia and bulimia have been reported to be between 36% and 35% respectively, according to one study (Keel et.al, 2005). Research shows that highest risk for relapse from anorexia nervosa is in the first 18 months after treatment (Berends et. al, 2016). When patients leave treatment Prosper house provides a personalised relapse prevention plan for each service user which enables them to have a successful recovery and move onto independent living.  This plan will be shared with relevant agencies, therapists and support workers who are working with the service user.

3: Skill Development Capability.

Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.

Skill development allows people with eating disorders to set life goals which can enhance their employability prospects, raise their confidence, and lead to a more fulfilling, higher prosperous life. As well as developing a plan to make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for their future to enable personal empowerment.

4: Group cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Individuals with eating disorders often hold a negative or distorted view of themselves and their bodies. These highly critical thoughts can result in feelings of shame, anxiety or disgust that often trigger weight control behaviors and fuel a cycle of negative self-evaluation. Guided by a therapist, CBT helps the individual to examine which specific factors are maintaining their disorder and to set personalized goals that are addressed throughout the various phases of CBT.  A team of dedicated therapists offer regular therapy to our service users to help them address challenges such as bad thoughts, feelings and behavioural changes brought about by the eating disorder.

The cognitive-behavioral model emphasizes the important role that both thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavioral) can play in maintaining an eating disorder. Examples of maintaining factors include:

  • Cognitive Factors ~ over-evaluation of weight and shape, negative body image, core beliefs about self-worth, negative self-evaluation, perfectionism
  • Behavioral Factors ~ weight-control behaviors including dietary restraint, restriction, binge-eating, purging behaviors, self-harm, body checking and body avoidance

5: Mindful Eating Groups

The practice of mindful eating can help a person create greater awareness of thoughts, emotions, feeling, and behaviors. While eating disorders effectively numb emotions, practicing mindfulness can help a person reflect on what they are feeling or experiencing prior to a binge.

This can lead to a reflection of asking, “Am I really hungry, or is there something else I need in this moment”, and “What am I feeling?” Reflecting on such questions can help an individual work through urges to binge and identify what they really need to adequately nourish themselves.

6: Reduced Isolation

People actively in recovery need transitional living because of deteriorating family relationships, feel misunderstood, feel that they are a burden, they need help with PTSD, finding academic and vocational training, meal planning, support at night, shopping, planning activities, support and community from the other residents. This and more is provided at Prosper House.

We recognise specific needs of our clients, no matter how complicated they are, make sure that they enjoy their freedom, embrace their specific religious and/or cultural norms without any hesitation while living at Prosper House. Our housing is as diverse as this beautiful world itself.

7: Medical care

A supportive housing program provides medical support to people with eating disorders. Health professionals can do a physical checkup to try and identify the signs and symptoms of various eating disorders. Laboratory tests can also be done on blood samples.

8: Develop a Solid Support System:

In supported housing service users will be surrounded by people who support and want to see them healthy and happy and avoid people who drain your energy, encourage disordered eating behaviours, or make you feel bad about yourself.

9: Stick With A Eating Disorder Treatment Plan.

Living in supported housing allows people with eating disorders to feel safe and secure, not feeling like they will neglect therapy or other components of their treatment. It’s apart of the agreement to follow the recommendations of their treatment team.

10: Discharge planning meetings

A discharge plan to create a smooth transition of the service user back to the community is planned by the staff of the at Prosper House along with other relevant agencies. It is also included in the plan to help offer a transition between hospital and regular environments.

We ensure that our clients at Prosper House are valued and important, their wishes and feelings are heard and they have their personal freedom. 

This encourages them to maximise their opportunities to live, life to the full and prosper.

To discuss more about how we can help you or someone you know in their journey to eating disorder recovery, please call 03337729464 contact us at admin@prosperityhousinggroup.co.uk

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