Can the person for whom food and eating has become so twisted be healed? Yes! There is something amazing that occurs when past hurts are resolved and the substitute of food is no longer needed. We’ve seen people change who have been in a decades-long struggle with food. They are able to reach a truce with food and learn to love themselves again.
We believe that treating the whole person sets them up for long-term recovery and success. They take back the control over their lives that they’d previously given to food.
When food is your primary strategy for dealing with pain in your life, and you leave the pain unaddressed, you strengthen this food connection and weaken yourself. Food is a way to control the pain you feel, and it’s a way to numb the pain you feel. To reverse this damaging connection, you need to address the pain in your life, wherever it’s from, whatever its source. In order to recover, you need to stop numbing yourself. You need to think about what has happened to you. It’s vital that you remember as much as possible about past hurts so that you can come to terms with them and resolve them. It can be done!
One of the false realities perpetuated by a dysfunctional relationship with food is the dread that something catastrophic will occur if you remember and concentrate on the pain. After all, you’ve constructed this elaborate armor to protect you from pain. Confronting and understanding this pain will bring about emotional growth.
Unfortunately, there is no way to acknowledge the pain without feeling it. It may be the first time you have really allowed the pain to truly affect you without a coping strategy. It can be intense, and you will need someone steady—such as a caring professional—to hold onto.
Our team of eating disorder specialists at The Center • A Place of HOPE can be this steady fixture to assist you along the journey to emotional freedom and healing. Our whole-person approach to healing will address all aspects of your health and being, guiding you on the path to a whole you.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is truth at the end of the tunnel. You are at the end of the tunnel. A you defined not by how you relate to food, but by your inner being and so much more! Free from your eating disorder or disordered eating, you will be able to feel positive emotions, not just the pain. Freedom means a return of hope, joy, love, acceptance, laughter, personal insights, deep restful sleep, a renewed perspective on life, increased physical energy, and vibrant health.
If you are ready to get the help you need to regain your health and to reach the end of the tunnel, call us at 1-888-771-5166 today.
Excerpts of this blog were taken from Dr. Gregory Jantz’s book Hope Help & Healing for Eating Disorders: A Whole-Person Approach to Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Disordered Eating.