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To learn more about recovery from an eating disorder, including how to help a loved one who you suspect may have an eating disorder, take a look over our suggested reading list. If you would like to schedule a free assessment to determine if you have an eating disorder, feel free to call us anytime at (865) 622-7116. If you have to leave a message, please know that we will get back to you as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours, unless it is over the weekend.

Eating Disorder Recovery Concepts

Learn to Practice Actions of Self-Compassion

You may not always feel compassionate toward yourself, but learning to treat yourself with kindness is an imperative part of recovery. Practice use of kind words, kind actions, kind imagery, and compassionate touch.

Listen to and Honor Your Emotions

Emotions are instinctually designed to protect us from harm. They also give us clues to what we care about/value in life. Begin to recognize and honor your own emotional needs (emotional hungers).

Follow Your Meal Plan

Remember to trust that your dietitian has developed a meal plan and/or eating goals that are optimal for your recovery. Food is medicine.

Practice Assertiveness Skills

Speak your truth in an effective and respectful manner. State your needs clearly and without blame, passive-aggression, or self-martyring behaviors.

Embrace Connection with Others

We often respond to the shame associated with eating disorders by avoiding emotional and physical connection with others. Learn to allow yourself to be supported by others (family, friends, co-workers, etc.)

Differentiate Between "Healthy Self" and "Eating Disorder Self"

Everyone has a "healthy self" that longs to get better and to live a richer, more meaningful life. This distinction is most evident when examining patterns of thoughts and actions. Your healthy self will heal your eating disorder self.

Identifying Your Core Values

Identifying values can give meaning/purpose to your recovery. Examples of valued life domains include: family, relationships, career, leisure, health, etc.

Increase Your Awareness of the Present

Use techniques you have learned in treatment (diffusion, expansion, mindfulness, and observing self) to increase non-judgmental awareness of present moment and create patterns of sustainable behavior change.

Set Reasonable, Realistic Goals

It is necessary to set goals that are attainable, not expecting perfection from yourself.


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Upcoming Support Groups & Classes

Additional Offering: Trauma Support Group for Women

Focus Integrative Centers of Knoxville also offers a weekly process and support group for women who have experienced trauma and/or abuse. The group is open to adult women (ages 18 and older) who have a trauma or abuse history and who wish to work through related issues with others in a safe and supportive environment. If interested, please call Dr. Catherine Zook-Bell at (865) 622-7116 to discuss the opportunity in more detail. Anyone interested will be scheduled for a free consultation to determine group fit and to talk through any related questions. Cost is $300 per 6 weeks (or $50 per group with a 6 week commitment).


If you're struggling with an eating disorder or an addiction to alcohol or drugs, please know recovery is possible. Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, TN offers compassionate, comprehensive and affordable addiction treatment at their private and confidential Center of Excellence. To learn more, please visit the Focus Treatment Centers website.