Category: Recovery

Exploring Long-Term Outcomes Post Eating Disorder Treatment

overlooking the grand canyon To consider long-term effectiveness of eating disorder treatment, it is important to explore what an “effective” treatment journey truly is, how one defines “relapse” or “recovery,” and the role that treatment centers AND the individual themselves play. For those struggling with an eating disorder diagnosis, the big question on their hearts and minds is “will [...]
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Importance of Sitting with Uncomfortable Feelings in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman Thinking Many of the vices that can become dangerous mental illnesses involve avoidance of uncomfortable emotions. It is because of this that mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, commonly co-occur with eating disorder diagnoses. This is also the reason that learning to tolerate and accept uncomfortable emotions is key to eating disorder recovery. [...]
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How Does Self-Compassion Differ from Self-Pity?

Woman feeling joy in recovery The largest obstacle between most individuals and life-changing self-compassion is themselves. We are all so quick to give reasons that we do not provide ourselves with compassionate actions, statements, and beliefs. One of the most common excuses for not doing so is labeling self-compassion as a negative trait such as “bragging,” “making excuses,” or “having self-pity.” [...]
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Moving Back Home During ED Treatment & Recovery

Lake with mountain behind it Eating disorder treatment and recovery can be difficult. Recovering from an eating disorder is more than changing behaviors. While behavior modification is a crucial part of the process, recovery often entails changing the way you think and feel about food and your body, especially if you’re going through eating disorder recovery while living with family. [...]
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Finding Balance During Mood, Anxiety & Eating Disorder Treatment

Nature Lone Tree in Field Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson It can be hard enough to struggle with an eating disorder. But when you’re suffering from multiple conditions at the same time, you’re dealing with the symptoms of each disorder, and that can be an overwhelming and intense experience. For many people who have an eating disorder, mental illnesses such as [...]
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5 Important Self-Compassion Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dock in a lake Eating disorder recovery can be a difficult process. Recovery often involves learning new ways to approach your relationship with food. This is often really hard because of the beliefs and emotions that are wrapped up in food. People with eating disorders often experience distressing feelings, like anxiety or guilt, when they start making recovery-oriented choices. [...]
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IFS: A “Parts” Approach toward Healing Eating Disorders

Nature Lone Tree in Field Contributor: Brittney Williams, LPC/MHSP at Fairhaven Treatment Center The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) views the internal system as a whole, considering all aspects of the interrelatedness and dynamics occurring with the various “parts”; inner personalities that make up our system. With this approach, eating disorders are viewed systemically as “parts” and explored relationally with [...]
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Successful Eating Disorder Recovery Habits

Woman thinking about perimenopause Recovery from an eating disorder is undoubtedly possible, but this does not mean there is a time when the work “ends.” While one can live a recovered life, there will always be moments when old thoughts and urges arise, cultural triggers appear, or challenging life situations tempt one back into ineffective coping skills. Building recovery-focused [...]
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