How I Use the Slogans submitted Anonymously

On April 13th, 2015, posted in: recovery by



We’ll Love You Until You Learn to Love Yourself

When I first got to residential treatment, I not only did not love myself, I actively hated myself. I remember some of the staff and peers saying this slogan to me, or some variation of it, quite often. At the time, I didn’t understand the impact it would have on my overall recovery and outlook. It took hearing this slogan over 200 times for me to begin to believe it was even possible for me to love myself again, let alone actually loving myself enough to let wonderful things happen for me. I feel my recovery depends upon and thrives because I have started to believe in self-love.

Act As If

Since my thinking is broken, I have to act my way into a healthier and better recovery and do things that I don’t think I want to do. When I don’t want to get out of bed early to make breakfast, to stay on my meal plan, I do it anyway because I have to act as if my life depends on my recovery, no matter how I feel or what I think, because it does. My disease is life or death, and if I want to stay in recovery, I have to act as if it is.

Suit Up and Show Up

This slogan helps me when my depression and urge to isolate becomes strong. When I am depressed, the last thing I want to do is get out of bed, go anywhere, or participate in life in any way, shape or form. I have learned that unless I suit up and show up to my life and for my life, my chance of sustaining my recovery diminishes. I cannot do recovery on my own, but I have to show up and do my part. No one will, or is required to, work harder within my recovery or for my recovery than I am.

It Is Not About the Food

This has been the best slogan for keeping me on my meal plan and keeping me on the right track within my recovery as a whole. I need to remind myself that it isn’t about the food, and I have to learn how to deal with the thoughts and feelings associated with why I run to food instead of people during times of discomfort and anxiety. Since recognizing that it is not about the food, I am able to eat what and how much food my body needs for nourishment and energy, despite my thoughts and feelings. This makes meal planning and meal preparation so much easier.


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