My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Eating Disorders Resource Center, Los Gatos, CA, USA
I've struggled with having an eating disorder for most of my life. It wasn't until recently that I began on the journey of recovery. It was difficult to seek help not being under anyone's health insurance once I was 18. Even when I qualified for state insurance navigating the system was discouraging, like I had to have something really wrong with me in order to justify an ounce of help.
At the EDRC I never had to worry about whether or not this support in my recovery would be available to me or not because it's free! It is truly a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, which allows me to focus on my disorder. I have always felt safe and respected at the EDRC meetings and gain so much validity and connection from sharing my struggles and listening to others. Isolation is the number one contributor to the progression of my disorder, which is why I value this group so greatly.
Attending the meetings frequently gives me a sense of support that I can feel throughout the week in between sessions. And it was so empowering for me to have a few good weeks in a row like I could see and feel my progress more than I ever had trying to heal on my own.
The staff of the program are kind and empathetic, providing a safe place to speak openly about what I deal with. In addition, they shared a variety of resources to support recovery, things like mindfulness exercises, worksheets, and reading materials.
To sum it up I experienced a surge in my recovery because of the EDRC's support services.