Relapses are an inevitable part of recovery. Yet, so many people have a hard time accepting them as part of the process. Dr. Nicole Siegfried has dealt with the ups and downs of eating disorder recovery both personally and professionally. As Clinical Director of Castlewood at the Highlands, she has a lot of experience to share on recovery maintenance, therapeutic approaches as well as relapse prevention. Tune in to today’s show to be inspired and reminded that recovery is possible and worth fighting for.
What You’ll Learn from Nicole Siegfried
- What is a relapse prevention plan
- Why treatment doesn’t always work the first time around
- How to deal with all the eating disordered thoughts that slip into your mind
- What is Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- How to clarify your values
- What you need to know about the latest changes to Instagram
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. -Anne Lamott
Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain
Favorite Recovery Resource
- Rise Up + Recover App- App Store and Google Play
- Recovery Warriors website and blogs
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website
Advice to Former Self
- This right now feels like that worst thing that could happen; whatever it may be. It may feel like such a burden, but at some point this experience will be a blessing to you that will help you through your next experience.I would also tell her to lighten up a little bit and have a little bit more compassion for herself.
Definition of Recovery according to Nicole Siegfried
Recovery is so much more than stopping binging and purging and gaining weight. It’s much more than symptom remission. It is living a life worth living.
For Your Journey
- Clarifying your values
- These Tips Can Prevent a Relapse: Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays by Dr. Nicole Siegfried
- Find professional help on ConnectED
- Rise Up + Recover app on Google Play and iTunes
- Music Credit: “Something to Live For” by Mallory Faye