Perhaps you would like someone to walk with you in your eating disorder recovery, but you haven’t yet considered the benefits of having a mentor. Maybe the idea is new to you or you are unsure if you need one.
How does a person know if he or she should seek out a mentor? Under what circumstances might a mentor be beneficial to the mentee? Mentoring is appropriate for virtually any reason the mentee feels he or she could benefit from having one. Listed below, though, are a number of common circumstances under which a mentee might seek a mentor during eating disorder recovery.
1. While seeking diagnosis and treatment.
Although a mentor does not diagnose or treat an eating disorder, he or she can be a vital support in helping the mentee seek help. The mentor can help search for area eating disorder providers or give direction on who to call or what websites to check to find help. He or she might even offer to make some initial calls, help check out insurance coverage or be with the mentee while he or she inquires. The mentor may also insure the mentee follows through with appointments or even go along if appropriate or necessary.
2. While facing challenges in the recovery process.
Eating disorder recovery is one of the most difficult, if not the hardest, of challenges a person may ever experience. A mentor can support the mentee in following the prescribed treatment plan, in resisting eating disorder behaviors and in clinging to what inspires the mentee.
3. After getting out of inpatient treatment.
Many people struggle after leaving the protective environment that inpatient treatment provides. A mentor can encourage the mentee to practice the coping skills learned while being inpatient and to follow through on subsequent treatment.
4. To receive spiritual encouragement.
A Christian mentor can pray for the mentee and help the mentee search the Scriptures for vital truths and promises to cling to in recovery. Whether it’s helping the mentee see his or her identity in Christ or encouraging the mentee to have a closer relationship with God, the mentor can provide spiritual guidance that will help the mentee invite the Lord into all aspects of the recovery process.
Eating disorder recovery is hard work, but having a mentor can lighten the burden. Having a mentor in eating disorder recovery can provide vital support, encouragement, accountability and spiritual guidance for the mentee.