Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

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If you’re recovering from a dual diagnosis of addiction and an eating disorder, the holidays can feel extra challenging to manage. Alcohol and calorie-laden, sugary foods are seemingly everywhere – and can make even the most confident person anxious about triggering destructive habits like overeating, purging or restricting calories. Luckily, a little self-talk, self-care and support can help you enjoy the season without sabotaging your recovery. Start by following these tips adapted from the National Eating Disorder Association.

  • Line up an on-call friend or family member. This way, you can have a go-to person to call or text if you’re feeling particularly anxious or just need some extra support.
  • Make time for self-care. Now is not the time to slack on sleep, exercise and stress management.
  • Hone in on the holiday spirit. Food is only part of the holidays. This is also the time of year to be grateful for family, friends and how far you’ve come in your recovery.
  • Have an escape plan. Your number one priority is doing what’s best for you and your recovery, so plan in advanced a way to leave early if an event is making you uncomfortable.
  • Learn to say no. It’s okay to turn down an invitation, so you don’t overcommit and stress out this season. Consider using the time to focus on self-reflection or relaxation instead.
  • Cut yourself some slack. Give yourself the gift of self-love this holiday and allow yourself to enjoy yourself without self-imposed criticism and rigidity.

Seeking Support at Synergy
Synergy Group has become widely renown for achieving great outcomes in the treatment of individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder in addition to a chemical dependency. Our very intimate setting accommodates a maximum of five clients at a time and the high staff to client ratio allows us to closely monitor how each client is responding to the various therapeutic processes and adjust their regimen accordingly. To learn more about our dual diagnosis program, call today: 888-267-8070.

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