Managing Relapse and Setbacks During Eating Disorder Treatment

Tuesday, Apr 18  •  


At Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists, we understand how emotionally challenging the process of recovery from disordered eating behaviors can be. We value an integrative approach to therapy that considers both biological and psychological factors in order to facilitate long-term health and wellness. In addition to evidence-based treatments such as family-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we recognize the importance of cultivating meaningful coping strategies for managing relapse and setbacks during treatment. It is often this personal toolbox of skills that allows individuals to sustain their recovery efforts even at times when things are particularly difficult or uncertain.

Experiencing Emotional Detachment During Recovery

At first glance, it may appear counterintuitive that a key component of maintaining long-term recovery from eating disorders requires emotional detachment. After all, how can anyone possibly remain devoted to the arduous task of self-care without being deeply connected to one’s own needs? The answer lies in cultivating awareness around triggers as well as developing specific skills that allow an individual to move through whatever emotion they may be experiencing without resorting to unhealthy behaviors such as restrictive dieting or binging. Such growth-oriented activities include creating art or engaging in physical movement practices that do not center around appearance or performance goals but simply view such activities as a form of celebration of life itself.

Understanding Stress Management Strategies: How They Can Help Your Recovery

One’s ability to endure stress contributes significantly towards maintaining successful long term recovery from an eating disorder. Coping strategies vary visibly across individuals but generally include activities such as journaling, exercising regularly, meditating or practicing mindfulness techniques on a regular basis, taking time off work if feeling overwhelmed by external demands or speaking openly about one’s struggles with trusted friends or family members so support can be provided during difficult periods. Even something as simple as taking a hot bath can bring reprieve from negative thoughts or feelings around food and body image which can help prevent further slips into disordered habits down the line.

Final Thoughts: Living Well With Eating Disorders

The road to freedom from disordered eating behaviors is often paved with relapse and setbacks which can lead many individuals seeking recovery feel discouraged about their progress or question whether it will ever happen for them after all. At Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists, we strive to provide our clients with tools for managing these obstacles in ways that are nurturing rather than punitive so they can create long term meaningful changes in how they think about themselves and their relationship with food while learning healthier ways of living overall. As professionals who specialize in disorders related to food and body image issues including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, and more, we recognize every person’s journey has its own unique trajectory toward healing. Ultimately, each individual deserves unconditional respect for who they are at any stage along the way. 

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