Eating disorder recovery is possible, and the better that you prepare by seeking experienced help the better chance that you have of achieving full long-term health. This page will help you understand what it takes to recover from an eating disorder.
Recovery takes time and involves being committed to continuing treatment long past when your weight has been restored. For some individuals, eating disorder treatment is an active part of the rest of their lives. That is not to say that being in an active recovery from an eating disorder will always be the focus of your life. Many sufferers are able to regain complete normalcy, but in the beginning recovery is something that you will have to be dedicated to. If you are a parent looking after a minor that is recovering from an eating disorder they may be resistant to treatment, and in this case you need to stay dedicated for them. Recovery is often a joint effort between the sufferer and family. A supportive environment will always make things easier.
Accepting that recovery from eating disorders will take time and not happen overnight will make the process easier for all involved. An experienced treatment team will set realistic goals and help you manage your expectations. Due to the complexity of eating disorders and the overlapping neurological and biological systems that they affect, there is a lot of physical, mental and behavioral work that needs to be done in order to recover.
There are no quick fixes in terms of eating disorder recovery. When working with a treatment team you will make daily progress. Recovery is difficult but it is not nearly as difficult as living with an eating disorder is. Look forward to the day when you will be able to eat and live happily and healthily again – it will happen.
Living with an eating disorder is not an option, your body cannot survive without the correct nutrition. You have to choose recovery so you need to make the process as easy as possible for yourself. Sometimes an inpatient facility is the best option as it takes the decision making out of your hands. In choosing inpatient you are allowing a team of professionals to do some of the hard work for you. Regardless of the path to recovery from eating disorders that you choose, you will need experienced people to assist you. You can find information on how to go about setting up a treatment team here.
Commitment To Eating Disorder Recovery
Once you have chosen recovery know that you are committing yourself to it. Know that you will have a big task ahead of you and look forward to being free from the eating disorder that is ruining your life.
Recovery will be a big part of your life, especially in the first couple of years. You will need to remove any obstacles that might put your recovery process, and therefore your health, at risk. You might need to put schooling on hold, especially if you are away from your treatment team when you are at school and you are worried that without their support you might relapse. You will need to choose your friends carefully; they need to be people you know you can trust and who you know are good for you. You might need to quit sports and exercise for a while to let your body rest and get well again. All the decisions that you make will need to be geared around getting better. This is going to be your new goal in life.
By committing to recovery you are committing to living. Anything that gets in the way of your recovery is getting in the way of your long-term health and happiness.
The recovery video above was made by Tchaiko Omawale. She is currently producing a film about her life and eating disorder recovery called Solace.
Written by Tabitha Farrar – April, 2014