Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Success #3 | Relapse Prevention “Green light!” she screamed. We all started to run towards the finish line. “Yellow light,” she said. We all slowed our runs to a jog. And just when I took off in a sprint, I heard the fatal sound, “Red light!” My body was still moving before it registered what it heard. I had to go all the way back to the beginning because I had kept moving when I heard “red light.” Red Light, Green Light is a popular playground game. What seems like a silly kid’s game is actually a really important message for our clients. When you see a yellow light, slow down – because otherwise, the red light might suddenly appear – and then you’ll have to “start all over.” This Relapse Prevention worksheet is focused on helping clients recognize what the red, yellow and green lights are in terms of their recovery: Green Lights are the indicators that all is going well in recovery Yellow Lights are the warning signs that a relapse is possible Red Lights are sure indication that a relapse is occurring Although clients may not have to “start all over” if a full relapse occurs, it can be much harder to restore recovery practices once a relapse has occurred. In some cases, if the relapse persists and ED behaviors worsen – then clients may in fact need to “start all over” with intensive treatment. When clients are nearing the completion of their outpatient treatment with you as an EDIT™ Certified practitioner, this is an important time to use this worksheet. It’s best to do this worksheet in session. Start...

Benefits of Eating Disorder Recovery

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Recovery #1 | Winning the War Within Eating disorder or eating disorder recovery? That is a decision that many clients make every day – and sometimes multiple times a day. It can often feel like a “war within” – as the client’s voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) seems to compete with the recovery wisdom voiced by the Intuitive Therapist (IT). Rather than dismissing ED’s arguments for “giving up on recovery” and “giving in to eating disorder behaviors,” it can be helpful to look more closely at exactly what ED is saying in the client’s mind. Similarly, it can be helpful to guide clients to examine their recovery wisdom in more detail, to notice the risks of their eating disorder behaviors and the benefits of recovery. This worksheet walks clients through the various ED and IT messages, so they can clearly see the perspectives of both sides. Clients can “win the war within” as they honor ED and IT – and then make a decision where they choose to place their attention. If 51% of the client’s mind is focused on the benefits recovery, while 49% still considers the seeming advantages of their eating disorder – then recovery “wins.” The idea is to gradually guide clients to shift the percentage, so ultimately 100% of their attention is given to IT’s recovery wisdom. This worksheet can be done in session, or assigned as homework. Suggest that the client start by completing the corner of the grid where their thoughts seem to be the strongest in that moment. For the purpose of illustration, let’s look at the top left corner first. Here, the client...