National Eating Disorders Association

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frustrated by lack of resources

My daughter just completed about 6 weeks in an out of state residential treatment center for ED. She also spent 2 weeks in their step down program. She is only 16 so my husband and I each took a week off work to stay with her. She has now been home two weeks and is already struggling. There are no support groups in our town, nor in neighboring towns. We did find a therapist not too far away who she sees twice a week. I'm wondering what others may have done in a similar situation.

Hi smalltownmama,

Please know that you aren't alone! It can definitely be frustrating to try and find appropriate resources for EDs. It's great that you and your husband are actively involved in your daughter's treatment and are looking for ways to support her. Have you asked her therapist if there are any resources they would recommend for your daughter? There may be resources in the area or in a neighboring town that you unintentionally overlooked or that aren't advertised.

There are also online resources that may be of interest. Reading the NEDA Forums and blog ( may be useful. NEDA's Proud2Bme site and Instagram account are also great sources of information and support: . There are many phone applications that might be worth a try (for example, ). There may be online support groups to look into, as well.

I hope this is a helpful starting point, and that others on the forum will offer additional suggestions. We wish you and your family the best!

Hey smalltownmama

Hey smalltownmama.
Kelsey said a lot of good stuff.
Essentially, I'm just going to add on to that.
NEDA has a bunch of good resources. They have a helpline manned by trained volunteers that might be able to help you find resources in your area that you might have missed. Obviously there's no guarentee, but it might be worth exploring. Here's that number: 1-800-931-2237. And there hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST).
I think its really great that you're so involved in your daughter's recovery. Having a healthy support network is really a plus when it comes to EDs.
Here are a few links that I found on the NEDA website that might be of some help to you:

And for your daughter:

Hopefully that's not too much.
And I hope that it helps a bit.

- Adage


Learn as much as you can so you can support her. Read books, and visit know good sites and read everything. The therapist needs to be experienced in ED to be much good in my opinion. All the best!