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What is Recovery?

  • Freedom from food
  • Freedom from body image concerns
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Self-awareness
  • Self acceptance
  • Learning to believe in yourself, and trust your gut
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Concern about your physical well being
  • Forming/improving relationships
  • Communicating your needs
  • Being open about your feelings
  • Enjoying life
  • Not living in fear
  • Handling difficult situations effectively

There are many more that I could list, but will leave it there for now.

Always remember though,, that recovery is a very individual process - that there is no timeframe, written in stone, so to speak.  What recovery means for me is going to be different for everyone.  I have always viewed recovery as being like a journey towards self-fulfillment, and a journey of healing lifes hurts etc.  Recovery is more than dealing with the symptoms - it is deeper rooted than that.  To all extents and purposes I may appear recovered, but I don't consider myself recovered just yet.  There are still areas of my life that I need to work on, but sometimes I get a shock when I make positive strides in considering my own values, and being true to them.  I have a friend who in the past taught me so much, which has now gone the complete circle in the opposite direction - it is now I, who is teaching her.  This surprises me in one way, but it also shows me where I've come from, and where I am destined.