While it seemed like a gutsy move in 1998 to announce such a contrary to popular belief sentiment on our A New Beginning website, so firm was I in my belief that eating disorder sufferers can and do attain full recovery, that it was a promise I was willing to shout out to the world!
Working to provide optimistic truth to eating disorder sufferers and our eating disorder community, my hope was that my humble belief in this bold new possibility would take expectations for eating disorder treatment from mere management of eating disorder symptoms to what, I believe, should be everyone’s expectation; a life lived with a complete and beautiful absence of any and all thoughts, behaviors, urges and insecurities related to food, body or weight. And more!
So much more? Nearly every day, our hard-working, beloved clients ask us, “What exactly IS full recovery?” What can I expect from life, my behaviors, my self when I am fully recovered?
Full recovery is so much more that the abstinence of eating disordered behaviors, thoughts and urges. Yes, the abstinence of these life-shrinking disordered behaviors and emotional traps are imperative, and are definitely a sign that you are on the right treatment path. But full recovery is so much more.
Here are a few of my favorite answers to the question,
“What does it mean to be fully recovered?”
Dr. Julie T. Anné is a licensed clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist. She is the founder and clinical director of A New Beginning and TheHealthyWeighOut, both eating disorder specialty treatment centers located in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information regarding Dr. Anné and her recovery work, please visit: anewbeginning.com or call: 480-941-4247.