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Residential Treatment for Bulimia

My 20 year old daughter is very sick with her long standing eating disorder and has agreed to a residential treatment center.
I am confused about which center would provide the best possible care. I have read conflicting reviews about
the two we are looking into.
One center in Florida was suggested by her therapist but I worry that a lot of their patients are there for their 2nd and 3rd time.
When my daughter was first diagnosed we did tried a method at home with a therapist. This was quite effective for the time she was home with us. But now that she is on her own she has relapsed quite severely. Any help in figuring this out would be appreciated.


I have a daughter currently at a center which we can't say enough good things about it. I also have two friends who had daughters at a center in Philadelphia, and they were both very happy with the center. I would be happy to answer other questions. My daughter has been there since late October - first in residential and now in transitional.


Hi cmfisher23 and MOM4HOPE,

Portions of both of your posts were edited in order to adhere with community guidelines, available to review here: We avoid providing specific treatment advice or identifying information in these forums. If you need further assistance regarding treatment centers please call the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (M-Th 9-9 F 9-5 EST). Thank you for understanding and please continue posting here!

Sorry to hear about relapse

Hi cmfisher23,

I am so sorry to hear your daughter has relapsed, but it's great that she is agreeing to residential treatment! I don't have information about which center would be best, but hopefully the NEDA helpline will be more helpful with that.

I wish you the best!

Urgent need

I'm am looking for resources for my son. He has dual diagnosis with bulimia and alcohol abuse.Hes very active in both and has no insurance . If he doesn't get treatment I'm afraid he may die. Does anyone know of any programs with scholarships or anything else that may help ? Thanks

I'm really sorry to hear that

I'm really sorry to hear that Mrodefer. But I'm glad to hear that you haven't given up and are actively seeking help for your son.
Here are a few resources that NEDA has:

They also have a helpline with volunteers who might be able to look up some resources in your area: 1-800-931-2237
I believe they're available week days from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Best of luck.