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My 13 year old daughter has been battling ARFID for the last year. Our local doctors have been recommending a particular treatment center in Wisconsin. Has anyone participated in an Inpatient program or residential program at a facility like this? It pains us to send her to a place we can not be present but as the year has progressed she continues to restrict and we are at a platue on her weight restoration. Any guidance or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.


Hi carcat,

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Hi carcat,

It sounds like you're in a tough position! It can definitely be hard to know what to do next when it comes to treatment decisions; there is so much to consider. I'm not a professional, but if your daughter's progress in treatment has plateaued as you say, it may be necessary to "amp up" the treatment to inpatient/residential, or otherwise something more intensive. Since your local doctors know your daughter and her disorder better, I would encourage you to consider their recommendation. Inpatient/residential treatment is certainly an upheaval, but it may be worth it in the long run. Have you voiced your concerns about being away from your daughter to your local doctors? Or have you tried contacting the treatment center to ask them more about the program and other details? They likely have spoken with concerned parents like you before and may be able to answer your questions and alleviate your worries.

I hope this is a helpful starting point. Please let us know if you have other questions or need additional support. We're here for you, and we wish you and your family the best.

Here are some links from around the NEDA site that may be useful:


Our much older son just finished 8 weeks in patient and is now on 8 weeks day patient. It seems that many need this level of intervention to be successful. I understand your concerns re age though. Perhaps you can talk to,the people at the treatment center and they may be able to put you more at ease. I think this is one thing that you do not want to have linger for years before you take action.