Some days, you feel like you've won the battle against your eating disorder. But on other days, it's a struggle.
You're not the only person who feels this way. Research shows that 9% of Americans, or more than 29 million people in the United States, will have eating disorders in their lifetimes.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, the road to recovery can come with a few roadblocks. Here's a rundown on common roadblocks on the road to recovery and how to fix them.
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One of the biggest roadblocks on the road to recovery is unhealthy family and peer relationships.
For instance, you may be surrounding yourself with friends who further add to your problem by commenting about your meal portion size or how bloated you look after a meal. Likewise, you might surround yourself with family members who will readily tell you that you need to restrict your food intake the next day.
You may also spend a significant amount of time around other people who have a negative body image -- another sign of an eating disorder.
You can overcome this roadblock by distancing yourself from people who instigate negative eating habits associated with your disorder.
In addition, you should sign up for eating disorder therapy. Through counseling, you can understand why and how certain relationships contributed to your problem. You can also receive the encouragement you need to avoid these relationships.
Unrealistic Recovery Expectations
Another common roadblock on the road to recovery is having misconceptions about your recovery journey.
For instance, you may believe that the recovery process is supposed to be clean and quick. This may cause you to put undue pressure on yourself to overcome your eating disorder.
To overcome this issue, seek counseling. Therapists can help you to better understand your disorder and realize that you may need to make multiple attempts before you're able to win against your eating disorder.
Mental Health Issue That Remains Untreated
Finally, if you have an untreated mental health problem, this may pose a roadblock on the road to recovery.
It's not uncommon for people who struggle with eating disorders and other addiction issues to have emotional and mental disorders.
As you seek treatment for your eating disorder, the team you're working with may identify your mental or emotional disorder. They can then refer you to a mental health provider to help you to address this issue. This will help you to more easily resolve your eating disorder challenges.
How I Can Help You on the Road to Recovery
Common roadblocks on the road to recovery for individuals who struggle with eating disorders include having bad relationships as well as unreasonable recovery expectations. They also include the inability to pay for treatment.
Fortunately, at RecoverED Now, I, Certified Life Coach Marissa Mitchell, offer top-tier and affordable services for people with eating disorders and wellness issues. Get in touch with me to learn more about my services. Schedule a consultation today!