Recovery from binge eating disorder is not quite as clear-cut as recovery from substance dependency. One cannot successfully maintain abstinence from food – give up eating for the remainder of his or her life. Binge eating disorder recovery is a lifelong journey of insight and continuous growth. BED recovery will never be a perfect process, thus learning how to calmly and patiently work through all of the inevitable ups and downs is essential.
It is important that one attempting to recover from an eating disorder such as BED surround him or herself with a solid sober support system, one that can be oftentimes be found in the rooms of an eating disorder-related 12-step fellowship or support group. Those afflicted with significant disordered eating patterns may also want to enter into one-on-one therapy, or carefully consider attending an inpatient treatment facility that focuses on dual diagnosis disorders (especially if substance dependency is also an issue). There are many routes to take when considering BED recovery, though all paths are paved with a dedicated development of self-love, and the fostering of a healthy and respectful relationship with our bodies and ourselves.
Binge Eating Disorder and Weight Loss
Those who suffer from binge eating disorders typically consume excessive quantities of food over brief ‘binge’ periods, despite feelings of fullness or physical discomfort. These binges are characterized by a lack of control, a disproportionate caloric intake, and intense feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing. Because those who engage in binge eating rarely counteract their excess intake with exercise, restriction, or purging, they tend to put on surplus weight over the course of a short period of time. BED sufferers who are overweight or obese will frequently undergo a large amount of ‘constructive criticism’ from family members and close friends. They will hear things like, “Maybe just exercise a bit more, or don’t eat late at night.” “You’ve really got to start taking care of yourself.” “Practice some self-control!” Comments like this can be painful to hear, and quite often do far more harm than good.
Recovery from BED
Weight loss should never be the goal of binge eating disorder treatment. The main priority of treatment should be to foster self-love, and to form a healthy relationship between the afflicted individual and his or her body. In most cases, symptoms related to food and inadequate nutritional practices are merely byproducts of deeper underlying issues. Because many eating disorders result from trauma-related complications, mood disorders, familial issues, and a host of other therapeutically-remedied concerns, it is important that those suffering from BED look into therapeutic treatment initially. Inpatient treatment is an ideal option for those who suffer from BED and substance dependency issues simultaneously. If this is the case, we at Willow Place for Women are here to help. Give us a call today.