We value your voice, input, and involvement, and believe your involvement is crucial to your loved one’s recovery.
Family members can offer invaluable support to their loved ones as they embark on the recovery journey. Eating disorders affect the entire family system—success can be likely and lasting when loved ones are involved throughout the recovery process.
Family involvement is crucial
Research shows that family involvement during eating disorder treatment improves the rate of success for recovery. Being part of your loved one’s recovery journey can help improve communication and understanding between both parties, which can make all the difference.
We’re doing things differently
In a traditional in-person treatment setting, patients are removed from their triggers—whether it be their family, colleagues, friends, or general environment. Once they return to their regular lives, they aren’t fully equipped to deal with the pressures of everyday life. This is where the Within online eating disorder treatment program differs—we don’t take patients away from their everyday life, so they learn how to deal with triggers throughout the program and are able to adjust more effectively.
Family is often a huge part of our lives, which is why we believe including you throughout the entire recovery journey is crucial. You are part of the process and a key component to a successful recovery.
What to expect
Here at Within, we understand how important family support is for someone suffering from an eating disorder. However, we also understand you may have questions and may be unsure how you can help.
We’ll guide you throughout the entire process, from initial orientation through to post-treatment, we provide a safe space for you to ask questions, talk about your feelings and concerns, and help you understand how participating in the Within online eating disorder therapy program can help.
You’re essential to your loved one’s recovery
You, as a family member, are an essential component to your loved one’s recovery. By participating in the Within program, you’ll:
- Learn how to support your loved one throughout their recovery journey
- Help create a more supportive home environment
- Be able to improve, strengthen, and sustain communication and relationships within the home
- Understand how the eating disorder affects the family system
- Learn to identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders and what to do
- Be able to recognize when relapse occurs
- Learn more about intentional body movement and how to recognize behaviors that are harmful
We’ll support and guide you through this journey
It doesn’t matter how much you know or don’t know, we provide support and information for all levels of knowledge, whether your loved one has been through treatment before or this is the first time they’re embarking on this journey.
We will give recommendations on the sessions and groups that would be beneficial to both you and your loved one, which may include:
- Family therapy and coaching (both with and independent of your loved one)
- Multi-family groups
- Family and loved ones support groups
- Specialty groups (e.g., Males Loved Ones Support Group, DBT for Teens and Family)
Easy access to support materials and sessions
Throughout the program, you’ll have access to the Within parental app, where you’ll be able to access comprehensive learning materials and join support groups and family therapy sessions all from the comfort of your own home.
You’ll also receive a personal recommendation on which groups would be beneficial to participate in and you can choose the time and days that suit you the best.
Ongoing support after treatment
Once you and your loved one have completed the Within program, the journey isn’t over. We provide optional ongoing support for family members, which may include free weekly alumni group meetings, or family groups to help you stay engaged.