"Reflections:" A Powerful Tool for Healing Relationships, Developing Personal Responsibility, and Moving Forward in Recovery


"People who continue to do their work, stay out of their behaviors and stay in recovery do ultimately get to a place of freedom. And that's really the goal, it's about freedom. But if you're going to be free, you have to be responsible for your reality."

That's how Mirasol Executive Director Diane Ryan introduces a staff workshop on "Reflections", a form designed to help clients analyze their reactions to triggering events, so that they can make choices about how they respond.

"We developed this form several years ago to facilitate communication at Mirasol's family program," says Ryan, "and since then it has expanded to become one of the primary tools that we use here at Mirasol."

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Learning to Put Recovery First

In 2012, a series of traumatic losses turned Jenn Ryan-Jauregui's life upside down. Suffering from anorexia and PTSD, she sought treatment at an eating disorder program in Oregon.

"My husband and I moved to Tucson in April of 2014 to be closer to family, but by the time I got here I was already back into my eating disorder."

Two weeks later she was admitted to Mirasol's adult residential program, and began to work not just on her relationship with food, but with the underlying trauma. When her insurance company prematurely stepped her down to a lower level of treatment, Mirasol continued to provide regular EMDR and TRE.

"I've been at recovered weight now for 18 months," says Jenn. "I think what made the difference this time is that I finally learned how to put my recovery first. I have learned to recognize what I need for myself and to honor that ... and to do whatever I need to do to stay healthy."

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