The Truth About Unhealthy Relationships and Eating Disorder Treatment
One of the wonderful things about seeking treatment in a group setting is the benefit one gets from relationships built in treatment. The relationships built with staff can be very helpful while in treatment, but the relationships built with peers can be helpful both during and after treatment.
However, not all relationships are helpful. In my time as a milieu counselor at Center for Discovery, I have seen several types of unhealthy relationships emerge between clients. The most frequent type of dynamic is enmeshment. This is when two clients are so close that they do not operate as two separate people. They do not express their own opinions, likes and dislikes or feelings. Instead the two function as one person with shared emotions and opinions.