Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Finding Strength through an Eating Disorder

If you or someone you love has lived with an eating disorder, then you know there is nothing simple about recovery. The journey can be frustrating and confronting, which will inevitably change your life. While in the tough moments, this struggle can seem like a burden, it is actually a gift in the growth and strength you will find in doing the work. So much time and energy is devoted to unhealthy behaviors and patterns of thinking, which can leave one feeling that once recovery begins to take hold, new possibilities can begin to replace the old patterns. There is a physical change which encourages mental, and emotional energy, where the brain and body have a newfound ability to focus on career or education, social activities or developing relationships with others in recovery. This restoration will promote a better sense for regulating emotions, and providing self-care and comfort that is not physically or psychologically harmful. This will in turn cultivate a newfound sense of social freedom and pleasure. The eating disorder is no longer occupying so much attention, which can have a strong effect in making social gatherings, school and work difficult or demanding. Recovery ultimately allows for physical and emotional, social and interpersonal growth, as well as intellectual and spiritual depth, creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Individuals who have had to work through challenging situations and find meaning are more empathetic and more capable for themselves and in helping others. Recovering from an eating disorder is not just an individual struggle, but one you share with others in your life and those who are beginning their journey, as a source of knowledge, support and inspiration. The ability to be present in relationships, listen to another’s struggle that day, gives you the opportunity to connect to a larger world, and navigate with a self-awareness that not everybody gets the chance to know. Keep the conversation going by commenting here, and then sharing your personal affirmations on Instagram using hashtag #NoFilter. Your affirmation may be what someone else is seeking as a guide in their own recovery!