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Hi all,

Do any of you have any knowledge of reputable treatment centers in the US that will take a 16 year old with anorexia who will not go voluntarily? Not quite medically unstable, but approaching it. First diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago. 


Have you tried ERC Denver?  Inpatient and residential I believe has a locked door.  
Dear sandytoes,

Involuntary treatment is quite complicted, especially in the US where each state has differing legal requirements. I would suggest ringing some of the centres you would like to use and speaking to the intake consultant. They are universally helpful and are knowledgeable about the requirements.

Best of luck,

2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly gaining at home, seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight. 2020 Off to university, healthy and happy.
  • Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle.
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Hi there, we went to ERC in Denver. There were definitely patients that were not there willingly. They did a great job and parent support was incredible.  They really helped my daughter.  We are still on the mend from a relapse, but I would send her there again.  Stay strong!