For some people their recovery is an aggressive process. They decide that enough is enough and realize that they can't (or don't want) to keep living like this. Then they take action.
Studies and clinical experience have shown that recovery takes an average of 3-7 years. For some people it's less, and for others it's more. The duration of the process is multifactorial. It depends on how long the person has been ill, how entrenched he/she is in the illness, motivation to recover, and finding the right combination of support. We know that early and aggressive intervention tends to produce the best results.
If you are wanting to be more aggressive about your recovery process, consider the following:
- What aspects of recovery have you been avoiding?
- Are you fully engaged with your treatment team? And are they the right fit for you? If not, it's ok to make a change.
- Do you need more intensive treatment? It can be a total game-changer to have the increased support and accountability provided by IOP/PHP/residential programs. This short-term investment could have long-term payoff.
- What are 3 things that have helped you the most so far in your recovery?
- What are 3 things that keep you stuck in your eating disorder?
- What is 1 thing you can do differently today that will move you closer to recovery?