Eating disorder treatment can be difficult for everyone involved. It takes courage for someone to pursue treatment. While ultimately rewarding, treatment can also be scary and challenging. It also takes courage to show up and support someone with an eating disorder. That’s why we wrote this guide. We understand that to support someone in recovery, you will need to check in with your own emotions, and space for your loved one’s experiences and emotions – even when they might not be the experiences or emotions you want them to have. It requires a lot of practice with vulnerable and honest communication. We’re grateful that you’re interested in building
these communication skills, and your loved one is lucky to have you standing beside them.
It can be difficult to know what to say or how to support someone, so we hope this guide will be a helpful resource for anyone looking to support a loved one with an eating disorder, be they a friend, family member, partner, roommate, teammate, or anyone else. In this guide, you’ll find information about how to support someone with an eating disorder, including specific examples tailored to where they’re at in their recovery journey.
ANAD’s new guide, Support at Every Stage: A Guide for Loved Ones of Adults with Eating Disorders, aims to provide some basic information to help you become aware of the issues that you may be facing.
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