Your last day in an eating disorder treatment center will be among the most joyous of your life. But it won’t be the end of your hard work. The fact of the matter is that eating disorder treatment is and must be an ongoing process, because eating disorders are inherently resilient diseases. No one is ever really “cured” of an eating disorder, at least insofar as all eating disorder victims must continue to fight against their self-destructive impulses long after they resume their normal eating habits. Your stay in a residential eating disorder treatment center will thus be only the beginning of the healing process, not the end.
The point here is not that eating disorder rehab centers are unimportant. On the contrary, the help you get from eating disorder treatment professionals will be vital in helping you get where you need to go. But the journey is one you must continue over the long run. Given the stakes, you simply can’t afford to give up the fight before it has been finally and fully won.