Questions to Consider

Questions Regarding Recruitment Tactics & Strategies

In order for young women to consider the impact that disordered eating practices and substance misuse had or is having on them, we can begin to ask questions that highlight and make transparent their recruitment tactics.  Once young women are aware of the ways in which the problems gained so much authority in their lives, they are better positioned to resist them. 

  • What did drugs and alcohol and disordered eating practices need to do or need to convince you of, in order to become part of your life in such a big way?

  • What were the promises that substance misuse and disordered eating practices made to you? Did they offer the same or different promises?

  • What kind of things did they promise you that you know now that they don't actually do?

  • Were there things that were going on in your life at that time that disordered eating practices or substance misuse used to their advantage, or made them seem like a decent option?

  • How is it that substance misuse disordered eating practices began to tear you away from your self, your family and your friends?

  • How did substance misuse and disordered eating practices get in between you and the people you love?

  • What did substance misuse and disordered eating practices begin to do in order to create a wedge between yourself and the people that love you?

  • What do you think of this?

  • Are you okay with that? Why or why not?

  • Were there things you had to forget about yourself in order for substance misuse and disordered eating practices to become such a large part of your life?

  • Are there ways that substance misuse and disordered eating practices might play off of or benefit from western notions of beauty?

  • Did substance misuse or disordered eating practices ever speak to you in the voice of a friend?  Was there a time when they may have become a mean friend?  Why do you think they would do this?