Helping Others

As a person with an eating disorder who is in recovery, I amazed myself at just how much time, energy, money, resources, thoughts, and prayers were sacrificed at the alter of my eating disorder. I could consume entire hours thinking about what I would or wouldn’t eat the next day, whether I had exercised enough to compensate for the calories, or if I had truly thrown up every single speck of what I’ve eaten.
Healing from an eating disorder is a lengthy process, but one of the things we can do is look outside of ourselves and what we can do for other people. Now, obviously volunteering to counsel others with eating disorders isn’t a good idea, but there are plenty of other ways to reach out.

Consider what interests you. Maybe the local human society needs help loving on animals – from cuddling kittens to walking dogs –there are rarely enough hands on deck at most shelters. Of course, you’ll probably need to scoop poop, too.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, check out Volunteer Match. They make it easier for good people and good causes to connect. They have an extensive data base where you can type in your location and interests and available opportunities pop up.

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows to offer free resources and information to those in need by calling the free hotline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

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