One word- many journeys
Recovery is a unique and personal journey. Every person working towards recovery starts in a different place, takes a different path, and navigates the twists and turns that take them there. Recovery is the process, and is part of the journey. It is not a perfect end goal.
There are many definitions of recovery, and it means different things to everyone seeking it. However, many people agree that recovery involves working to take control of their lives, and work towards accomplishing goals and dreams (Copeland 2006). ANAD believes that recovery is possible, at any age and at any stage.
ANAD defines recovery as the following:
- Recovery is the process of taking back control of one’s life and working towards a satisfactory and meaningful life no longer dominated by one’s eating disorder.
- Recovered people have control of eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, maintain a nutritionally balanced lifestyle, can identify situations of personal risk, and maintain a meaningful self care practice to manage their well-being.