We still have normal life challenges, of course, and we experience emotions just as deeply as before—though there are differences. In full recovery, many of our most powerful emotions are positive: love, joy, delight, satisfaction, and a sense of wholeness and happiness. When we experience distressing emotions, we no longer seek escape; we know what to do and generally do it automatically. When troubled, we take stock, seek to understand where our thinking has gone awry, make amends where needed, and immediately turn our attention to how we can use our experience to serve some good purpose. Full recovery is resilient. We are able to do all sorts of things that used to “trigger” obsessive thinking and eating-disordered behavior. We can go anywhere and do anything that normal people do, without re-engaging our eating disorders: we are restored to sanity.
EATING DISORDERS ANONYMOUS (EDA)
EDA is a Twelve-Step fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder.
General Service Board of EDA
P.O. Box 5243
Chico, CA 95927