Our Eating Disorder Group currently only runs in St Albans on a Wednesday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Overeating and starvation affect brain chemistry in similar ways to addictive drugs. This, often together with years of entrenched thought processes and behaviours, makes recovery from eating disorders very demanding. In addition, clients have to cope with those negative emotions that they have been avoiding for so long. As those with eating disorders have learnt to use chemicals to alter their emotions, there is a danger of cross-addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or self-harming behaviour. In order to support clients through these challenges our recovery treatment programme is designed to:

  • Foster self-acceptance and self-worth – through belonging to a loving and accepting group that enables people to learn from each other’s experiences
  • Provide clients with the tools they need to deal with cravings and negative emotions
  • Provide clients with a non-judgemental space where they feel safe to address relapses and use these experiences as a source of learning and self-awareness
  • Enable a healthy food plan through the 3-0-1 Programme (Three meals a day – nothing in between – one day at a time)
  • Work with clients to identify possible trigger foods and unhealthy eating behaviours
  • Encourage attendance at Overeaters Anonymous or Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous 12 step meetings
  • Enable clients to develop a more positive outlook on life
  • Encourage clients to explore and discover for themselves their own higher spiritual power (a personal source of inspiration, self-worth, strength, purpose and comfort)

This service is provided thanks to funding from the following: