Relapse Prevention Program for Women with Eating Disorders
Entering back into the real world after eating disorder treatment can seem frightening. Willow Place for Women implements a relapse prevention program to promote education throughout our eating disorder treatment programs. We know how necessary planning for potential lapses in the course of recovery is. Learning healthy relapse prevention techniques from our relapse prevention program can keep a recovering woman from slipping back into old eating habits after recovery.
How do I know if I’m about to Relapse?
It is often said that relapse is not a single event, but a series of events that lead to relapse. Recognizing the onslaught of relapse can prevent it altogether. Common signs of potential relapse include:
- Thoughts reverting back to food, weight, and diet more increasingly
- Being dishonest with counselors or hiding behaviors from others
- A concern with aesthetics more than health
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Viewing self as overweight even if told otherwise
- Skipping meals or events that involve food
- The topic of food brings feelings of irritation or anxiety
If you feel that you will likely experience a relapse and revert back to habits that perpetuate your eating disorder:
- Seek professional help through counseling
- Listen to your body’s needs for hunger
- Practice treatment taught nutritional habits
- Focus on self-acceptance strategies
If you practice these relapse prevention program techniques and you still feel that you will relapse, treatment options are always available. It is not uncommon or shameful that a woman who struggles with eating disorders will enter treatment on more than one occasion. Decide what is best for you and your body, whether that be the continuation of treatment or practicing learned techniques to prevent relapse throughout recovery.