When most people think of interventions, they have an example in their minds from a television show, most often related to someone with a substance use disorder. Although interventions are used frequently to help convince persons with addictions to begin treatment, it is my belief (thanks to my experience tracking and staffing cases for a large eating disorder organization) that it is quite rare for people with eating disorders to have a formal intervention. This realization, then, begs the questions: Can an intervention be done for patients with eating disorders? And if so, why are they not used more frequently?
Below, I discuss some points to consider when answering these questions:
First, we must look at the difference in temperament and presentation of eating disorders versus substance use disorder.
Persons with eating disorders and their families do not have the same access to support groups as addictions.
Eating disorder treatment programs may require specialized admission procedures.
With mindfulness to the considerations above, I believe that persons struggling with eating disorders can benefit from intervention services. It is imperative for the family network to have support from others to help navigate the road to recovery while their loved one is in treatment and once they return home.
If you are interested in learning more about eating disorder interventions, please visit my website (EatingDisorderIntervention.com) and reach out to me via my contact page. I offer free, 30-minute consultations to new clients.