Part 2: The Path To Freedom Is Eliminating Shame

One common symptom of shame is developing codependent relationships with others. When working with others in their recovery one of the first things we learn is to be comfortable in your own skin – to love yourself unconditionally. If you love yourself unconditionally then you accept all the good and bad you have to offer,[…]

Body Image in Recovery: A Daily Practice

Body image is how you see your physical self when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses your beliefs about your own appearance including whether you feel you are attractive and whether others like your looks. It also includes your memories, assumptions, and generalizations about your physical attributes, how you feel about your body, including your[…]

How Do You Know If You Have an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders currently affect approximately 25 million Americans, of which approximately 25% are male. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate among all psychological disorders. Overall eating disorders can cause serious health problems that can be fatal, frequently co-occurring with substance use disorders. Gadalla and Piran (Eating disorders and substance abuse in Canadian women: a national study) found that women with[…]

Where Addictions Meet ED: The Science Behind Your Eating Disorder

Research in the science of addiction and the treatment of substance abuse has led to the development of many innovative types of treatments that work well in supporting people to achieve and maintain sobriety. Evidence-based interventions help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives, but this doesn’t mean that the work is done or that the journey will be an easy one. Other struggles will surface on the[…]