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Creating a Strong Foundation for Recovery

By: Lily Wolf, MSSA, LMSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta

Posted on October 21, 2019

In the treatment world, recovery can sound like an end point – treatment is the process and recovery is the goal. What we don't often talk about is the amount of maintenance recovery requires. Whether you are fresh out of treatment, or have been in recovery for quite a while, here are some tips to creating a strong foundation.

1. Stay in touch with your motivation.
Take some time to remember what motivated you to work on your eating disorder in the first place. Do you have certain goals recovery will help you to achieve? What do you want your life to look like, and how does recovery play a role?

2. Surround yourself with people who support your recovery.
Eating disorders thrive in isolation, and recovery thrives in the company of a positive support system. Everyone's support systems look different, but what's most important is they listen without judgement, provide extra accountability when needed, and help you stick to your values.

3. Treat your body with kindness.
Body image is a common struggle, even for those deep into recovery. You may not love your body right now, but you don't need to love the way your body looks to provide it with proper care.

4. Remember that recovery is not linear.
You will have days that test your recovery. If you have a slip up, does that mean you've failed and need to start over again from the beginning? Absolutely not. Re-appraise these thoughts as they arise. Acknowledge what happened and focus on staying accountable the rest of the day, rather than shaming yourself.

Recovery is a time to test the skills learned in treatment out in the real world. When diet culture pops up on every corner and daily life doesn't come with a trigger warning, prioritizing recovery will be a choice you're faced with each day. The more you make that choice, the stronger your foundation becomes, arming you to tackle even greater challenges.

Lily Wolf, MSSA, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and her Master's degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Wolf is passionate about working collaboratively with women as they learn to navigate recovery at the PHP and IOP levels.
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