Eating Disorder Treatment FAQs | ERC Pathlight
Q: How long does someone usually have to stay in eating disorder treatment?
A: Our average length of stay is about 6-8 weeks; that can vary based on the level of care, the severity of illness, medical complications, insurance coverage, and various other factors.
Q: What kind of treatment does ERC offer adolescents v. adults?
A: Please go to our website for information about our treatment services for both adults and adolescents.
Q: Do you have any statistics on eating disorders?
A: Yes, please see the following link.
Q: How do you handle relapse?
A: Relapse happens for some seeking eating disorder treatment. When a patient relapses, they are re-evaluated and admitted to the appropriate level of care based on their medical and psychological needs.
Q: How do I know if my loved one is relapsing?
A: This article has some helpful information about eating disorder relapse.
Q: My loved one has an eating disorder, is that my fault?
A: No, it is not your fault. Eating disorders are a combination of genetics and environment. Please see this article for more information.
Q: How do I support my spouse/partner with an eating disorder?
A: It can be difficult to navigate treatment when your loved one is also your spouse and/or partner. Please see this link for some more helpful information.
Q: How can I connect with other caregivers who are also supporting a loved one with an eating disorder?
A: We offer many ways to connect with others in your community:
- Virtual Caregiver Support Group - an online support group that meets once a week where caregivers can connect with one another.
- Eating Disorder Family Connection - an ERC sponsored and monitored private Facebook group that provides caregivers with ongoing support. Connect with other caregivers to share triumphs and challenges and to get resources.
- Family Support Center - a resource center created for families to get information on supporting their loved one with an eating disorder.
Q: What resources do you have for my loved one struggling with an eating disorder?
A: Our alumni can find valuable resources like online, trained facilitator-led support groups, Mental Note Podcast and our Say it Brave initiative in our Healing and Support Center.