Ke$ha thanked fans for their love and support on Twitter on Jan. 21, 18 days after she entered a treatment center for an eating disorder. We spoke to an expert to find out what Ke$ha is likely dealing with during treatment and her next steps.
Dr. Ken Weiner is the Founder and CEO of Eating Recovery Center in Denver, CO, and has co-authored numerous articles on eating disorders. He doesn’t work with Ke$ha directly, but spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about what Ke$ha can expect from treatment and her life post-therapy.
Ke$ha’s Eating Disorder — Expert Speaks On What To Expect In Rehab
26-year-old Ke$ha entered rehab on Jan. 3 to address an eating disorder. The singer told E! at the time: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder…to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”
So what exactly goes on during treatment? Find out what Dr. Weiner had to say!
Dr. Weiner explained that rehab is different for everyone. He said: “When I looked at her announcement on learning to love herself again or getting back to loving and respecting herself, it sounds like she has had a difficult life; she is a survivor. Being in such high regard in her career has its pressures that go along with it.”
The type of rehab Ke$ha should expect is exactly what she is looking for — a way to love herself again!
Treatment Will Be A Life Long Battle For Ke$ha
Ke$ha’s eating disorder is most likely something she needs to focus on for the rest of her life.
Dr. Weiner said: “So when you look at the recovery process, it’s rarely about perfecting. It’s about teaching people to interrupt behaviors, learn new skills and do things differently. If they slip, then they catch it early. They can get back to basics — they take a step back to take two steps forward.”
What To Expect After Recovery
Since eating disorders require a different recovery than substance abuse, Ke$ha will not be given a “sober friend” because most reputable places for eating disorder recovery are not utilizing a 12 step model that is often seen with substance abuse,” according to Dr. Weiner. “With that said, you can surround yourself with healthy, supportive people who work with you to make sure that you are interrupting your past behaviors.”
The Hardest Part Of Recovery
Overall, Dr. Weiner feels the hardest part about the recovery process is: “to take true ownership of the illness and what it takes to be in recovery. It is really not until people own their illness and own their recovery that they will then be successful.”
Don’t worry, HollywoodLifers — Ke$ha is a “warrior!” Do you think she’s going to come back better than ever?
— Joanna Hein, Reporting by Russ Weakland