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Getting to Recovered is Not a Linear Process

As we have already stated, recovery does not progress in a linear fashion, and you may find yourself taking two steps forward and then one step back and then one step forward and three back. You might make some progress, but then find yourself reverting back to old behaviors when life presents you with a new or stressful situation you haven’t learned to manage. Slips and relapses can be very discouraging, but they can also be informative because they show you where you are vulnerable and what areas need more attention. As difficult as these setbacks can be, they do not mean that you are back where you started, but rather that you had an experience you were unable to cope with at that point in time. You can learn from your setbacks and get stronger and better at handling things, so remember, no matter how bad it gets there are plenty of reasons to hold on to hope. We are not saying this to make you feel better; we are saying it because it is true.


There are several phases that people go through on their way to becoming recovered from an eating disorder. Familiarizing yourself with the phases of recovery and what to expect will help you understand where you are in the process, and what to look for. Below is a summary of the phases taken from Key 1 in the 8 Keys secrets.

Ten Phases of Eating Disorder Recovery

1. I don’t think I have a problem

2. I might have a problem but it’s not that bad.

3. I have a problem but I don’t care.

4. I want to change but I don’t know how and I’m scared.

5. I tried to change but I couldn’t.

6. I can stop some of the behaviors but not all of them.

7. I can stop the behaviors, but not my thoughts.

8. I am often free from behaviors and thoughts, but not all the time.

9. I am free from behaviors and thoughts.

0. I am recovered.

You might be unclear about exactly which phase you are in. You might feel like one of the above fits you right where you are at this point in your life or you might feel like you are in between two, or even experiencing a few different phases at once. You might have gone through a phase and moved on

only to slip back into it again.

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