It should be common knowledge that there’s no one way to have an eating disorder. That there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to have a problem, and that someone’s weight or relationship to food – whatever it may look like – is not the only indication of their suffering.
Eating disorders, and recovery, are unique to the individual. However, unfortunately across the UK (and the world), many individuals and their families face multiple barriers that leave them without specialist support or intervention until they reach a point of crisis.
Just over a year ago, Orri was founded on the belief that people living with eating disorders and their families needed a new choice for eating disorder treatment. This new choice should enable meaningful treatment, positive outcomes and sustainable recovery. It would be a collaborative commitment to someone’s journey of recovery – a journey that’s guided by the individual themselves.
To build upon this new choice, we recently launched new online Evening and Weekend Programmes with the knowledge that there are so many people across the UK and the world who are truly struggling day-by-day, hour-by-hour, but are incredibly high-functioning despite this.
These people may be studying, working full-time or caring for children or close loved ones. All the while their eating disorder is tearing them apart and preventing them from engaging in the beauty or joy of those responsibilities.
We’ve said it before, but eating disorders do not “stop” or “pause” at weekends, when we’re on holiday, or even when there’s a global pandemic taking place. Eating disorders are still there while the rest of your life cracks on. Tackling all of this requires humongous resilience, tolerance and patience.
And the fact is – no one through be tackling this alone. The barriers that are felt by these individuals are real and must be taken into account when we want to ensure treatment is as accessible as possible.
Our online Evening and Weekend Programmes evolved from the knowledge that there will never be a “right time” to start treatment – it will always feel daunting and possibly inconvenient, and most likely shake up existing and “safe” routines. But, when someone does decide to take that first brave step, treatment should be accessible and meet you where you are.
“Meeting you where you are” is at the heart of Orri’s approach to treating eating disorders. As we said above, there’s no “one way” to have an eating disorder, therefore we combine multiple approaches to suit the individual and their story.
This “story” is whatever may have happened (or continues to happen) that caused the eating disorder to develop as a means of coping, regardless how maladaptive the eating disorder may be.
Part of meeting you where you are means that we don’t remove you from the familiarity of your everyday life. We work together with clients to build programmes around their lives, to help them get more from their existing experiences.
Recovering from an eating disorder is a process and it is life-changing, so it’s important that everything is taken one step at a time. Our Admissions Manager, Ivana, responds to every single enquiry or phone call personally – taking things gradually at the pace of the person reaching out.
If you’d like to learn more about our online Evening and Weekend Programmes and how they can fit around your existing commitments, please reach out. We are happy to talk it through with you, recognising that recovery (and treatment) may feel threatening and destabilising. But we’ll be here, every step of the way.