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The Eating Disorders Recovery Group is a non-professionally run support group. It is not linked with any clinic, institution, or organization (although it can be), and is self-supported through member contributions. The only requirement for membership is a desire to free yourself from your eating disorder. This is not a replacement for therapy, but it can provide you with the extra support you may need during the recovery process.
The Eating Disorders Support Group’s main purpose is to help, encourage and support each member in their personal recovery. The group is a safe place for eating disorder sufferers to come and express their feelings and emotions with others that know and understand how they feel, helping them to realize they are not alone. We help communicate the message that members can recover and they are not hopeless, even though they may feel that way at times.
Who Is This Group For?
This support group is for anyone who is suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or compulsive eating, or anyone who thinks they may have an eating disorder. We do not believe that this support group is for everyone, only those who are willing to go to any lengths to be freed from their eating disorders. All members must be in an active recovery with their main goal to be freed from their eating disorder. This is not a replacement for therapy and members are encouraged to seek professional help if they are not already doing so.
Goals of the Group
- To free ourselves from our eating disorders.
- To help, encourage and support each other in our personal recoveries
- To provide a safe place for people to share their feelings and emotions.
- To enhance public awareness of eating disorders through information packages, presentations and by sharing our personal experiences.
- To reach out and help others struggling with eating disorders.
- To help members realize they are not alone and no longer have to struggle alone.
Rules of the Group
- Each member’s right to anonymity is respected.
- Confidentiality is essential. What is said in the group, stays with the group.
- This is a cross-talk meeting and feedback from members is encouraged.
- Side conversations when a member is sharing are not allowed.
- Do not monopolize the time, other members may need to share.
- Methods used to try and lose weight are not allowed to be discussed.
- No member has to take part in any discussions. They can feel free to just sit and listen at any of the meetings.
- Since some members may not be comfortable with the presence of food, there will be no food allowed in the meetings. Beverages are permitted.
- Members must be in an active recovery. If someone is not and they are not abiding by the rules of the group, it will be recommended to them to discontinue with the group until they are ready for it.
- It is recognized that the facilitators are not the “experts” and their primary responsibility is to ensure that the group is a safe place for their members to disclose their personal stories, fears, etc.
- Admit to ourselves that we have an eating disorder.
- Admit to another human being that we have an eating disorder. (i.e. family member, friend, doctor, therapist, etc.)
- Accept that we cannot recover on our own and be willing to seek out professional help to aid us during the recovery process.
- Accept that our eating disorder behaviors are not the real problem, but only symptoms of underlying problems.
- Be willing to face the underlying issues and work towards overcoming them in a therapeutic environment.
- Accept that our eating disorders only mask the problems, not solve them and be willing to learn new and healthier ways to cope.
- Accept that we cannot recover perfectly and we will experience relapses during the recovery process. It is normal for this to happen and it is to be expected.
- Learn to forgive ourselves for those relapses, put them behind us, and continue to move forward in our recovery.
- Accept that we are no longer alone and we can allow ourselves to reach out for help and support so that we do not have to struggle alone.
- As we continue to move forward in our recovery, be willing to reach out and help others who are struggling with eating disorders.
Road To Recovery
- We follow the ten steps of the Eating Disorders Recovery Group.
- The only requirement for membership is a desire to free ourselves from our eating disorders.
- We do not condone dieting, abstinence from certain foods, or any form of control in the area of food.
- Our main goal is to be freed from our eating disorders.
- We try to live one day at a time and one meal at a time.
- This is a spiritual program – not a religious one.
- We accept that recovery is a process and it will take time to free ourselves. We accept that we did not develop our eating disorders overnight and they will not go away that quickly either.
- We acknowledge that no number on a scale nor fitting into a smaller dress size will bring us happiness. True happiness can only come from within so we accept that we need to work towards learning to love and accept ourselves for who we are.
- We do not believe that this support group is for everyone, only those willing to go to any lengths to free themselves from their eating disorder.