Eating disorder recovery is possible.
I know – I’ve been there!
I was lucky enough to find a wonderful cognitive behavioral therapist 8 years ago who helped me to recover.She did so by helping me to identify and alter the parts of my life over which I felt I had no control, and by showing me how I was using anorexia as an attempt to control things beyond my control rather than confronting what needed changing in my life.She helped to show me how to program my mind differently so that I could work on changing these and hence begin the process of recovery. I’m currently writing an e-book based on the treatment she gave me which will soon be available for download from this site, and which I hope will provide valuable information and comfort to sufferers of anorexia or any eating disorder, their families, and anyone else who is interested in this dangerous form of behavior.
Cognitive behavior therapy involves us learning how to restructure our lives by making positive, permanent changes.
This means replacing negative pursuits which make us unhappy, with positive, healthy ones.The earlier you start on the road to recovery the more of a chance you stand of recovering completely!
There are many great and inspiring anorexia before and after stories.
In most anorexia before and after stories the most significant change is in the way a sufferer moves forward from a life revolving around gaining approval from others to one which they live on their own terms.This is certainly true of myself.
This is typical of anyone suffering from an eating disorder, as we tend not to even recognize our own needs.
If you are suffering from any type of eating disorder, you may benefit from reading about some of the changes I’ve introduced in my own life, which helped me on the road to recovery.
Recovery from anorexia occurs on many levels.
One of the first steps, both for sufferers of anorexia and other eating disorders, and their families, is to understand that overcoming any type of eating disorder is much more about changing our thoughts and lifestyle than about food.During the course of my therapy, food and my weight were rarely mentioned.
The focus, instead, was on my life, my family and relationships and the aspects of these that I needed to change.
Those areas over which I felt I had no control.
One of the first things my therapist told me was that, although the damage that had brought me to this point had been done by other people, it was down to me to undo it.
One of the many ‘natural laws’ which I have since learned to understand and use in order to re-programme myself and take control of my life.
So, although support from family and loved ones certainly helps, it is ultimately down to the sufferer to heal herself by, firstly, re-programming herself, and then by reinforcing this by making positive changes to her life, her perception and playing of her role within her family, and her everyday life, thereby, beginning the journey on the road to recovery.An important aspect of the many anorexia before and after stories we read is that at some point the sufferer decided to take control and rid herself of the nightmare of an eating disorder.
Ultimately, recovery depends on facing your problems and working slowly and steadily towards solving them.
By so doing, your feeling of self-esteem increases and the need for extreme forms of control begin to diminish.
It really is a case of re-programming your brain – with the help of a good behavioral psychologist, and then working on keeping it that way.The earlier you start on the road to recovery the more of a chance you stand of recovering completely!
Breaking any habit is hard. But the reward for doing so is of immeasurable value.
Mine is only one of many anorexia before and after stories of recovery. Follow the links to find more! Of course, I’m always looking for more! If you have a story to share, please email me with it. Remember that your story could inspire another person’s recovery!