Eating Disorders and Relationships

The causes and contributors to eating disorders are many and complex.

Eating disorders create isolation. That’s why it is extremely important that patients learn how to reconnect with themselves and others. At The Meadows Ranch, we teach patients and their families the importance of a good support system and how to create it.

Our Family Program

Loved ones find eating disorders extremely difficult to understand and accept. Seeing someone you love starve or damage their bodies is stressful, and, often, parents, spouses, and others begin to become intrusive in their efforts to get the person to eat or to stop purging. Soon, the individual may see these loved ones as enemies trying to control her rather than help.

Eating disorders may develop if a person has no other way to speak or represent her feelings. Eating disorders and relationships are closely connected. Frequently family dynamics, faulty communication patterns, losses, or other stressors such as abuse contributed to negative feelings she could not deal with directly. It is never a simple matter that can be solved by telling the person just to eat. The symptoms have become the individual’s way to avoid facing problems more directly or to feel in control when the rest of one’s life feels out of control.

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Family Week at The Meadows Ranch

The Family system is particularly poised for the healing process for a loved one with an eating disorder.

Then, during Family Week at The Meadows Ranch, families receive extensive education on communication, eating disorders, and relationships. They also have the opportunity to do an experiential learning session with The Meadows Equine Therapy team, and experience a full-day intensive “truth and love” session, where they and their loved one in recovery can share thoughts and feelings in a way they may not have been able to before.

Help Your Loved One Recover from an Eating Disorder

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.

The Meadows

The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona is the nation’s premier program for treating trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, panic and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, codependency, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.

For more than 40 years, we have helped patients heal from disorders related to childhood trauma and relational trauma. Clinicians and professionals trust us more than any other treatment program because of our impeccable reputation for quality, integrity, and long-term recovery.