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Stories of Recovery

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Emily Walsh

Recovery is something I live every day. I consider myself a work in progress. I have been in outpatient treatment, in patient, and private therapy. I feel that all of those outlets as well as my daily efforts have gotten me to where I am today: in recovery.

In my past I felt no sense of control due to traumatic events, so I relied on my eating disorder to gain control, achieve perfection and obtain a form of stability. For years, I punished myself and my body for things that I now know were beyond my control. Treatment and a support system helped me obtain the tools and coping skills I needed to understand that and face my challenges head on.

Throughout my journey I have learned the importance of honesty. To remain honest with myself and others helps me to remember the obstacles I have overcome and continue to conquer day to day.

During my time at The Renfrew Center I learned to use my voice. Group therapy helped me let out many feelings that I had been holding in and onto for so many years. From Renfrew, I took the ability to use my voice and ask for help when needed and to share my story with others, so they know they are not alone in this battle.

Now, at 31 years old I am looking towards a healthy future. I have goals and self-worth, and the ability to say that I am not perfect, but I am a work in progress. I am currently writing my first memoir about my battle with addiction, anorexia and trauma and hope that my story will help others to find their voice.

Bio: Emily Walsh is an alumna of The Renfrew Center. She currently lives New Jersey and works in publishing. She hopes to have her book published later this year.