Some questions

These questions are focused on helping the young women begin to recognize the ways that the problems may be similarly operating in their lives and ways that they may be able to use the strategies that they used to get free from one problem to begin to get free from the other. Some young women may prefer to find freedom from one first and then the other; others may choose to address the two simultaneously.

  • What did you have to learn to begin to break free from substance misuse and/or disordered eating practices?
  • Are there strategies you have been using to get free from one problem that might help you get some space from the other? Or, Are there strategies that you may have used to get free from one problem that you are finding helping in gaining some freedom from the other?
  • Since getting free from disordered eating practices or substance misuse what have you learned about yourself (skills, preferences, abilities) that may assist you in finding freedom from the other problem?
  • With drugs and alcohol and disordered eating practices are there times when you might be more or more or less vulnerable to the teaming up? Are there certain times of the day, people or places that you need to be careful around?
  • Are there things that the problems may try to use to their advantage to try to sneak back in your life? How might they use the other problem to help them sneak back in?
  • What are the things that you do to help catch the problem’s reappearance? Are these the same for both problems? Different?

Are there things that you do to keep some distance from substance misuse and disordered eating practices? What do you do? Are they the same strategies or different strategies?

What did you have to do or have to learn, in order to break free from substances or disordered eating practices so that it didn’t have the same kind of power over you? How did you begin to figure this out? Did anyone help you in this?

If you continue to gain freedom from these problems where do you imagine being in a months time? In 3 months time?

People begin to take positions based on what it is they want for their lives rather than allowing disordered eating practices and substance misuse to run their lives. In doing so women and men begin to have more agency in their lives. Some questions you might want to ask yourself that highlight these new developments are:

  • Is there a disconnect between what you want for your life and what the problems want for your life?
  • What type of plans do you have for yourself given that substance misuse and disordered eating practices are no longer directing your life?
  • How do these plans differ from the types of plans that disordered eating practices and substance misuse may have had for your future?