I recently heard a story of someone who lives a life of honorable example, until attending a sporting event, where the person’s behavior is less than honorable. When asked about the discrepancy, the person stated that a lot of money is paid to attend the sporting event, and one should be able to behave however one wants at such an event. The person reportedly rationalized the behavior by stating that he “checks his religion at the door.” *
I have thought a lot about this in relation to recovery. While we may gasp at the idea of checking our beliefs or our value system at the door of an event, how often do we “check our recovery at the door?” Do we check our food-addiction recovery at the door of a restaurant? At the door of a cruise ship? At the door of the car on a road trip? At the door of a holiday festivity or party? At the door upon leaving a recovery meeting? At the door of the grocery store? At the door of the kitchen? At the door of the movie theater? How often are we checking our recovery at the door and giving in to slips and relapses that thwart our goals and values of improved health and lasting change in our relationship with food? What would it take to live our goals and values of recovery, not matter what door we approach?
It seems reasonable to expect someone struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, or compulsive gambling to remain in recovery no matter what door they approach. However, we often think it unreasonable or even impossible to remain in food-addiction recovery when approaching certain doors or events.
It is not only reasonable and possible to stay in food-addiction recovery, it is NECESSARY if we plan to achieve a true transformation in our health and relationship with food. Check the idea of “self-deprivation” at the door, and walk through the door of “self-care and recovery;” LET’S REMAIN IN OUR RECOVERY!
* (Resource: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2014/06/the-call-to-be-christlike?lang=eng ; Paragraph 24)