Eating Disorder Interventions: How to Intervene with a Loved OneFamily members and friends want to help a loved one struggling with destructive eating behaviors, but they are often unsure about how to approach or carry out an eating disorder intervention. They are afraid that they will make matters worse, or damage their relationship with their loved one. It is important to keep in mind that an eating disorder intervention doesn’t make the situation worse, but doing nothing can. Individuals with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive eating disorder and other damaging eating behaviors rarely get better without professional help. Often there are underlying emotional issues that sustain the eating disorders, so intervening also means that the loved one will be assisted with their anxiety, depression and other related issues. An eating disorder intervention is an expression of caring and compassion. The goal is to help the loved one with the eating disorder to accept the reality of their eating disorder and agree to get the treatment that they need. The earlier eating disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcomes. At Castlewood we understand that friends and family can feel hopeless and afraid, and unsure how to begin. Explore our intervention resources. Castlewood’s staff have extensive experience in assisting families with an eating disorder intervention, so feel free to contact us if you need more guidance or if you would like referrals for the assistance of a professional interventionist.
An eating disorder intervention involves:
- Deciding who will be present at the intervention
- Personal preparation
- Practicing together
- Planning the time and place for the intervention