Book review: 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook

Senior lecturer Dean-David Holyoake reviews 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook.

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook

Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

WW Norton

£12.77 | 288pp

ISBN: 9780393711288

This is more than a book written by practitioners for practitioners. It is a book written for people who are up close with eating disorders, be they helpers, family or in recovery. Having acknowledged this, I have nothing but more praise for it. I have almost 30 years working alongside people who have eating disorders and can honestly say that I could have done with this book for everyone of them. It is straight forward, logical and a great tool for getting thoughts in place, motivation bolstered and resolve revived.

The 8 keys take the user through steps which include the simplest of things such as hope, feelings, challenging thoughts, behaviours and finding meaning and purpose. I suppose these are the expected topics, but the approach is pragmatic.

Therefore, each of the keys offer simple to read ideas, real voices from those in recovery and a tone which is encouraging even in the face of despair. The reflective questions were also useful guidelines.

Reviewed by Dean-David Holyoake who is a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton

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