Client Success Stories

 

Rock Recovery supplements the work of therapists and treatment centers by helping individuals find lasting freedom from disordered eating while living full lives. We provide a holistic and affordable recovery program that includes group meals, nutrition counseling, mentorship, faith-based support groups, and therapy groups such as art therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

 

Madeline’s story

For about 15 years I struggled with bulimia. With the support of my fiancé who found Rock Recovery on the internet, I reached out for help for the first time. Support Network Nights have been very helpful for my fiancé to understand what I am facing and have helped him support my recovery. Rock Recovery has also put me in touch with several specialists to include in my treatment process. Rock Recovery is the reason I am learning what it takes for me to recover.

 

A note of thanks, from former client, Kristen

“Thank you for your contribution to Rock Recovery, and for being an active participant in my journey to and throughout recovery. Your support provided me with essential community during a period of overwhelming isolation in my eating disorder when I needed a safe space for like-minded individuals to understand me, not just hear me. This community cared for me, helping guide me to my current path through recovery.  How sweet life is on the other side!  This truly could not have been possible without you!  Thank you for your commitment to freedom and helping others realize it!” -Kristen

 

How we are helping a current client

“Participation in Rock Recovery has benefited me in so many ways. Being able to interact every week with a small group of recovery-focused adults has added depth to the way I reflect on my personal recovery journey. Rock Recovery has paired me with the ideal person as a mentor: she is an incredibly supportive person who has dealt with many of the same issues as I have. I look forward to sharing my successes and struggles with her once a week so we can think about how I could best utilize the weekly group and other parts of my support system. Most outpatient programs and therapy groups will not take clients whose symptoms don’t align perfectly with the diagnostic criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. I had been formally diagnosed with bulimia in the past, but now my struggles are much more about changing thought processes than changing behaviors. I am grateful that Rock Recovery acknowledges how seriously all aspects of disordered eating can affect a person’s life, regardless of how he/she may or may not be diagnosed clinically. I hope this helps with promoting Rock Recovery. I’m very grateful for being able to participate in the group every week, and also for Teresa, my mentor” – Current client

 

Christine’s story

“My battle with an eating disorder started when I was 14, but it wasn’t until 10 years later that I sought treatment. I was in the midst of a relapse that had completely consumed me, working at a stressful job that I hated, and extremely unhappy. In the past, the behaviors associated with my eating disorder had always given me a sense of control, and pride. This time, however, I felt completely out of control, and I knew I needed help. I started seeking treatment and began to see a therapist, but that alone was not enough. I wasn’t “sick enough” for inpatient treatment, and daytime program weren’t an option because I worked full-time. I truly believed there were no options. Thankfully, I found out about Rock Recovery and made the call. I was terrified to go, and had no idea what to expect from the group atmosphere, but I was more terrified of what could happen if I didn’t get help. I started attending FIG and Core, where I was introduced to knowledgeable dietitians, skilled therapists, and a caring and compassionate support group. Every week, I was challenged in new ways, but I always felt like I was in a safe place, a place free of judgment.

I learned so much, not just from the volunteers I worked with, but from the other members. I didn’t understand the importance of support before attending Rock Recovery, but I found it invaluable to be able to share about my experiences with others who could relate. I was also connected with a mentor who became a confidante and an integral part of my support system. Through support network night, I was able to invite my parents and involve them in my recovery process as well, which has been more successful than I’d ever imagined.

After eight months with the program, I moved out of the area to return to school. While I was sad to leave Rock Recovery, I credit it so much for my ability to make this move and to embark on the career I’ve dreamed about—becoming a nurse. After years of physical and psychological pain, I want to be one who brings healing and offers hope. I know that is only possible now that I am in recovery.

I am free from the chains of my eating disorder. There are still days that I get stressed, and something is triggered, but I have a support network to reach out to, friends I can call, and healthy ways to manage my stress. I ask for help when I need it, I am learning to let go of my perfectionism, and I know that no number will ever define me. I will always be in recovery, and my eating disorder will always be a part of who I am. But it does not define me. I am first and foremost a child of God, worthy in His eyes, and redeemed for His glory.”

 

 

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