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Old 03-28-2017, 05:58 PM   #41 (permalink)
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THX LifeRecovery! Now i'm obsessing again about my weight, and every single calorie. Since I'm sober from alcohol..I'm not spending every moment obsessing about alcohol. Alcohol consumed me. i always needed more and constantly running out. never ending. i go Too Extreme w/ Everything!
So what helps you to get out of the obsessive cycle?

For me meetings (therapy, 12 step etc), body work, meditation etc.

What have you found works for you?
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:09 AM   #42 (permalink)
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So what helps you to get out of the obsessive cycle?

For me meetings (therapy, 12 step etc), body work, meditation etc.

What have you found works for you?
HI LifeRecovery...i have been reading about how to meditate, in fact! It seems hard! Ive been doing ok tho. as long as i dont touch alcohol; im pretty good. alcohol is my main problem. i hope u are doing well today!
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Can I chime in? My food addiction got worse after getting sober. I was just switching deck chairs on the Titanic, so to speak.

It wasn't easy and long term food recovery didn't happen right away, but I went to both AA and OA, still do. Therapy and medication certainly helped too. Big Book tells me to make use of all help that is available to me. Doing what I can to get closer to Higher Power is/was probably the #1 action that helped me overcome my obsession.

Occasionally obsessive thoughts return and even a little obsessive behavior BUT it doesn't mean I have to relapse.

And You don't have to relapse either. Higher Power didn't save you from an alcoholic death just so that you would suffer from an eating disorder. He/she/It has wonderful plans for your life--all you have to do is be willing to change and be willing to be uncomfortable for awhile.

I wish you both, 120degrees and LR, and everyone else out there, a life beyond your wildest imagination.
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I'm in recovery from alcohol but have had ED behaviors for so many years and treatment inpatient years ago which helped stop the physical problems but not really the emotional becuase after ED treatment I started using drugs/ alcohol. Go figure.
Sounds to me like a transfer of addictions....

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The compulsions for control between ED and alcohol abuse are nuts.
I completely agree with you. From my experience, my personal opinion is that ED's should be treated exactly the same as alcohol/drug addiction with the same solution. It's the same disease, just different choice of substance/behavior.

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I am dealing with thoughts of relapse for both because of my problems dealing with "life on life's terms". Which, for me, means any event that induces anxiety, fear, shame, loneliness.
The big book of AA addresses one possible solution to this. Or other recovery methods. Or CBT.

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I withdraw from others to avoid these feelings and then experience them all anyway. I KNOW that dealing with the feelings and being able to accept them as part of life is my key. It's just so damn hard.
Yes that is key.
We make it hard because of irrational fear which isn't real....

Good luck.
I'm still fighting the same fight, too but it does get easier.
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I think that ED / alcoholism dual diagnosis is actually more common than you think.

I used to think that I replaced one with the other and that the bulimia was the 'lesser of the two evils' but its not. What I have found now is that they are intrinsically linked. I have hit the bottle in an attempt to break the binge / purge cycle as once I start with it I find it very difficult to stop but when I drink I get too wasted to binge or purge.

Therein lies a very dangerous cycle indeed and clearly one can now lead to the other and as such both need to stop. I am going for professional help to address both of these issues in the new year.

I do think they come from the same 'place' mentally though.
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Hi Ellie May-

Welcome to this side of things.

Data I saw once said that 30% of people with eating disorders are impacted by alcohol/drugs also.

I have been in a lot of AA meetings (especially woman's meetings) that the topic of eating comes up in maladaptive coping mechanisms.

How is food going today? What kind of support do you have in place?
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