This week, our blog post reflects the theme of our online treatment programme – “connectivity”. There is probably no other theme more pertinent.
A lot has happened in the last few weeks. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Orri made the difficult decision to suspend our face-to-face service and move to an online version of our specialist day treatment to preserve the safety of our clients. Whilst this is certainly an adjustment – for our team, clients and their loved ones – we are so grateful for our community. The patience, commitment and resilience shown over the last few weeks is testament to their courageous recovery journeys.
Our Clinical Director, Kerrie, reminded us of this Brene Brown quote: “Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” Like many who have had to move their support online, we will mourn the unique dynamic that’s created when meeting someone in person, face-to-face. However, like many, we have recognised how the eating disorder recovery community has risen up to do all they can to continue specialist support as much as possible, even if that means simply publishing supportive guidance on social media.
We stumbled upon a quote that said “an absurd time requires absurd amounts of love” – indeed, the amount of love we’ve seen offered to those who are, understandably, struggling is both astounding and incredibly touching. But it makes sense. Physical distance from one another doesn’t undo a genuine, forged connection. When we experience challenge, our recovery is also challenged – and whilst this is anxiety-provoking and overwhelming, it is also an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to ourselves and our recovery.
It’s okay if it’s difficult – the point is that you’re trying.
The online programme is a way for our clients to keep trying. To continue on their courageous journeys and progress in recovery by remaining connected, throughout the day, with their clinicians and peers in groups and one-to-one sessions.
During times of difficulty and uncertainty we must remain hopeful – that this too shall pass and that we will get through it together. When our clients struggle with holding onto hope, we are there to hold it for them. And that extends to our clients’ loved ones at home supporting their recovery – there will be challenges, but we are here.
Eating disorders do not “stop” during a pandemic and neither does our hope in your recovery.