Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Family Program

Carolina House proudly serves all genders 17 and older in North and South Carolina struggling with eating disorders as well as other co-occurring disorders.

Our Model

Our model at Carolina House values a family-systems approach, and firmly believes that healing can only occur when the whole person and his or her closest supports are considered in their fullness. We believe that working with patients’ families is a critical component to our therapeutic task. Family therapy sessions are part of the daily programming, along with bi-monthly intensive family training and support.

Everyone in eating disorder recovery needs a strong support system. For teenagers and young adults who are recovering from an eating disorder, that support system often revolves around family. Teens and young adults typically return home after eating disorder treatment, and while returning home is beneficial in terms of the availability of support, it can also present a few challenges.

Eating disorders impact the entire family, disrupting daily routines and taking attention away from siblings and others. Family members may have conflicting emotions when their loved one comes home from an eating disorder treatment program – excitement to have their child, grandchild or sibling home, but also residual pain, resentment and frustration caused by hurtful memories from the past.

Recovery isn’t a one-time event that happens while a teenager is in an eating disorder treatment program. Rather, it is an ongoing process that takes place on a daily basis, surrounded by family and friends. For this reason, family involvement is a critical component of eating disorder recovery, particularly for adolescents.

Family Day

Carolina House offers a reoccurring “Family Day” once very six weeks. Family Day entails a full day of psychoeducation and support for families or the primary support system of any current Carolina House patient. The day is focused on providing information about what treatment looks like for our patients, a realistic view of recovery and how best to support your loved one going through the recovery process.

Free Family Support Group

Carolina House offers a free Weekly Family Support Group open to anyone in the community that has a loved one struggling with an eating disorder. The support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 in our outpatient facility: 1340 Sunday Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 26706

During eating disorder treatment, family therapy can help the entire family learn about:

  • The causes and consequences of eating disorders, as well as the process of eating disorder recovery
  • How to support their loved one during treatment, and help resolve underlying emotional issues
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution
  • Setting realistic expectations for themselves and others
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Developing a healthy sense of self

Some eating disorder treatment programs also facilitate multi-family group counseling. Attended by a number of families, these sessions provide another layer of support and understanding for the families of teens with eating disorders.

Benefits of Family Therapy

The process of recovery can be both inspiring and discouraging, with alternating successes and setbacks. Family therapy helps family members take care of themselves while offering the support and consistency their loved one in recovery needs. Offering unconditional support for a child or loved one may be a challenge, but the reward can be a full recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder and a closer parent-child relationship.

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While I was stuck in my eating disorder, I felt lost and insecure. Carolina House helped me regain control of my life and I couldn’t be happier!

– a former resident