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Re-entering pre-recovery situations

Hi everyone :)
Hope you're all well.
I recently met up with a group of friends from school (I left school a few years ago) and one friend in particular supported me during the worst years of my eating disorder. I have since entered recovery and consider myself to be in a good place right now. However, when I met up with this friend I felt a lot of the thoughts I had during my ED resurfacing and started comparing myself to her as well as my unwell self. I love this friend to pieces and don't want to distance myself too much- I just wondered if anyone else has had an experience like this or share some advice on how to keep a 'recovery mindset' in these situations.
Thanks in advance!

Hi Eunice_the_unicorn!

Hi Eunice_the_unicorn!

Thank you for posting to the forums! I have experienced the comparison dilemma myself. I had many friends throughout high school and college that put me in that place because I was jealous of them, so I know exactly how you feel. I managed to overcome these feelings by seeking professional help from a counselor, and it's been a game changer for me. My advice would be to contact the NEDA Navigators at 1-800-931-2237 to discuss the situation with your friend. I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to distance yourself from someone who is such a good friend to you because you need the support just as much as treatment, but the Navigators will be more able to provide you with solid advice. They can also assist you in seeking counseling/psychiatry services to put you back on your healthy track.

Stay strong and keep kicking that ED out of your head! Please keep us updated on your progress :)