Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. The use of she/her/hers pronouns in some articles is not intended to be exclusionary. Eating disorders can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights.

Eating Disorders – How Friends & Family Can Help

When you realize that someone you love may be struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, naturally you want to know more about it. And because you care, you also want to understand what they are experiencing so that you can be as supportive as you can throughout their recovery.

You may already know that anorexia and bulimia are complex and confusing illnesses. Now that you are past the initial shock of discovery, you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, guilt, anger, fear, and frustration-all understandable reactions. Seeing a loved one suffer from an eating disorder is very frightening and difficult. We know it’s not easy.

What happens now? First, understand that the illness did not develop overnight, and that recovery will not happen overnight. Second, know that there is reason to have hope. With dedication to treatment, recovery is attainable.

For more information about how friends and family can help a loved one in any addicitve process, please join us for our FREE Community Event July 14, 2011. 


News & Announcements

Center for Change Announces TRICARE Certification for Residential Treatment
Center for Change has become a certified provider for the residential (RTC) level of care and will treat active duty military, their family members, as well as eligible dependents of retirees. This certification allows the Center to treat adolescent and young adult women, up to age 21, who are covered by TRICARE and are authorized by their regional TRICARE contractor. For more information, please contact our Admissions Department at 888.224.8250.

Summit for Clinical Excellence: Clinical Recipes for Success
June 9th-12th, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
For more information, click here

Andrea’s Voice Napa NEDA Walk: “It’s Time to Talk About It…It’s Time to Walk About It”
June 11th, 2011
Napa, CA
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Center for Change is proud to partner with the Andrea’s Voice Foundation in sponsoring Jenni Schaefer’s appearance at the walk. Click here for more information

Integrative Life Center’s Lecture Series presents Nicole Hawkins, PhD, Director of Clinical Services at Center for Change
June 16th, 2011
Nashville, TN
Integrative Life Center
For more information, click here

Practice Essentials for Treating Eating Disorders
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Nashville, TN
The Hill Center in Green Hills
Center for Change is pleased to be the underwriting sponsor of this workshop you won’t want to miss! Please e-mail Beth Lamb at [email protected] to register.

Center for Change Regional Workshop for Professionals: Strengthening Body Image & Self Esteem in Adolescents and Young Adults
Thursday, July 14, 2011
9:00am – 12:30pm
Orem, UT
Center for Change
For more information and to register, please click here

Center for Change Annual Community Event: Support for Those in an Addictive Process and the People Who Love Them
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Orem, UT
Center for Change
Click here for more information and to register

Annual Center for Change Alumni Event
Friday, July 15th, 2011
9:00am – 6:00pm
Orem, UT
Center for Change
For more information, click here


Where’s Jenni

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Napa, CA
Andrea’s Voice Napa NEDA Walk (Napa’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, Main St. & 3rd) – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please click here.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Orem, UT
Center for Change Family Week
Jenni will be speaking with patients and their family members at Center for Change. This event is not open to the general public. For more information about Center for Change, visit

Jenni Schaefer
Author, Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me
Consultant, Center for Change,
Ambassador Council, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA),

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