Yesterday I shared on a recovery panel. The topic was Relationships in Recovery. Many people hear the word “relationship” and think about romantic relationships (in a similar way, people hear the word “intimacy” and think of sex). However, I have many different types of relationships in my life.
One of the reasons why I isolated and ate before recovery was because I did not know how to have relationships. My relationship tools were dishonesty, being an emotional parasite and severing relationships. These tools caused me pain that made it easier to be alone. Fortunately, I found you all and you taught me that not only could I learn how to stop eating compulsively, I could also learn how to have healthy relationships. You also taught me that acceptance is a tool of health relationships.
Yesterday morning I invited my niece to visit. When we met, we discussed her future. I shared my own experience and I also gave her advice. As she was leaving, I said if she does nothing that I suggested I still love her. How wonderful that you all taught me acceptance and that I can now give that gift to my niece!
Together we get better . . . and better . . . and better! 🤗
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