Exploring Eating Disorder Recovery through Family Therapy

Family therapy may lower relapse rates and enhance recovery for eating disorder patients.

Why Family Therapy?

Individuals with an eating disorder and their family members may recover more quickly and sustain recovery by undergoing family therapy. Family therapy is a method of dealing with the issue head-on and preventing increased problems. By talking about the secrets of an eating disorder, the fear and shame of having an eating disorder usually decrease.

Family members may not be the cause of an eating disorder, however, they can unintentionally block the road to recovery. Family therapy is all about discovering these roadblocks and developing ways to overcome them.

Family therapy is helpful to both the patient and the family. For the family, it can provide a window into the mental status of the person with an eating disorder. For the patient, family therapy helps them work through triggers to which the family may unknowingly contribute and helps solve these issues. Also, communication among the family members typically improves as a result of family therapy, helping everyone to better understand how to talk about the illness, how to spot signs of relapse and what to say when they think a family member is in trouble.

Benefits of Family Therapy at EDCare

At EDCare, families can join patients in the therapy process. To help increase family resilience and growth-fostering connections, families learn effective communication skills. Therapy sessions involve learning increased empathy, reflective listening, conflict resolution, anger management, healthy boundaries, interpersonal risk-taking, authenticity and emotional regulation. By exploring these communication skills, families re-learn how to talk to one another. They learn how their families may have become emotionally distant and how to resolve these issues.

Through the communication process at EDCare, patients and family members are taught to value their imperfections, strengths and weaknesses, and develop healthy tolerances for mistakes. Family therapists at EDCare are trained in multiple family therapy models and are able to adjust and adapt to the unique needs of each family.

Family therapy may lower relapse rates and enhance recovery for eating disorder patients by helping families cope with an eating disorder together. By assisting in the recovery process, families discover the roadblocks preventing full recovery, work on these issues together as a family and are able to fully support the person in recovery.

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