Parents’ FAQ #9
Are people actually “cured” of an eating disorder?
It is our opinion and experience that people can and do fully recover from eating disorder symptoms, although they may go on to struggle with the underlying issues (such as perfectionism) for years. Our outcome statistics show that the average length of stay at ACE is three months and that not only do patients’ eating disorder symptoms improve greatly in that short period of time, but so do the underlying problems. It should be noted, however, that no two people are alike and that some people meet discharge criteria within a month, while others take up to two years. Additionally, some people leave and return to treatment several times during the course of their recovery, which is understood as movement toward the end goal. Finally, some studies suggest that relapse prevention is enhanced the longer a person is in treatment.