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Going to College with Eating Disorder Recovery

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As the summer winds down in Newport Beach the tourists occupying the beach rentals head home along with our college aged clients who head back to school. We are excited for them to return to college in the Fall with new tools they can use in their eating disorder recovery. Today we outline a few of our favorites:

·         Counseling – Prior to getting back on campus make sure that you have a counselor/ therapist set-up to see you once a week. Transitions are difficult for those in eating disorder recovery and a weekly visit to check-in with a therapist and hash things out is strongly recommended. If you’re not sure where to find a counselor/therapist call the college and ask for the number to their mental health counseling services.

·         Housing – Make sure that the housing you choose best suits your recovery. There is a variety of choices in college : dorms, sorority housing, off-campus. Make sure that whatever choice you make is the one that best supports your own recovery.

·         Food – Look into the food options at the university. Look online at what the cafeteria serves, the local grocery stores, farmers markets and cafes. Considering the variety of places offered what are your preferences?  

·         Meds – Some pharmacies are different. Some you can call in and transfer your prescription, others require that you have your doctor call it in. Whatever the case make sure you take care of this prior to your departure. The last thing you want is to be without your meds.  

·         Friends – Will you be connecting with old friends on campus? If so, give them a call and let them know you would like to meet up. If not, look into campus clubs and activities you can be a part of. Connecting with others keeps us accountable, helps us not to isolate, and keeps us out of our eating disorder patters.

·         Recovery Meetings – Finding local support through Overeaters Anonymous or Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous is crucial. Check online for meeting location and times that work around your class schedule. Be sure to try out a new meeting three times before you decide on if it’s for you. Listen to other women sharing their stories and ask someone who “has you want” to be your sponsor.

·         Connecting back home – Be sure to connect with the ones that love you back home! Your parents, siblings and treatment team would love to hear from you! Let us know how we can support you in the exciting time of life!

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