Since we began at CapeRecovery three years ago, we are increasingly seeing more and more people coming to Cape Town because it is the home of some of the best Eating Disorder treatment in the world. We work with the wider recovery community but I see everyone who comes here for any addiction, behavioural addiction, dual diagnosis issue, co-dependency issue or indeed, eating disorder, as an integral part of that community. The complexity of treating any eating related issue is so great that it is a highly specialist and ever evolving part of what we do.
So, why have a dedicated site for eating disorder treatment?
Well, I personally know many people here in Cape Town who are enjoying life free from the pain and confusion that they been subjected to because of their eating disorder but also because of being given the wrong advice and directed to inappropriate places for treatment. Inappropriate placement and inadequate aftercare and follow up is keeping people sick and ultimately leading to fatalities that could otherwise be avoided. I don't profess to be an expert on eating disorders but I do understand the complexity of them and the need for planning treatment and never treating in mainstream rehabs that cannot fully support the needs of the person. I never want to lose touch of our original goal of always putting the client first in any decisions and we stick by that.
As a result, we have partnered with the best eating disorder clinic in Cape Town and we have plans for more focussed aftercare and sober living just for these clients. In terms of continued care, eating disorder clients require a special level of support, very different from that of our clients who are being supported through their addiction issues. Monitoring people who are dealing with the behaviours related to their eating disorder is more difficult as they are subtle and less easily detectable. With an alcoholic or addict we can simply do a test. We need to implement support with the things that most people take for granted like cooking, mealtimes and eating plans. Though the continued care facilities and re-integration homes that I work with are incredible, we need to provide more re-integration support where eating disorders are concerned so that is what we are doing!
I love what I do today with CapeRecovery and I am truly blessed to do it! I want all our clients to experience all the gifts that recovery can offer and that includes our eating disorder clients, they are a huge part of this incredible and vibrant recovery community in Cape Town! Let's continue to make Cape Town the recovery capital of the world!