The Becky L. Jackson Recovery Model provides unique information, guidance, and support services to achieve stable, long-term recovery from:
- All Aspects of Eating Addictions
- Dieting Mentality
- Body Image Obsession
The Becky L. Jackson Recovery Model offers the education, tools and the support you need to create an action-oriented plan for permanent recovery.
The Eating Addiction Recovery Model provides information, support and guidance on:
- Arresting the eating addiction from responsibility, not morality.
- Understanding and stabilizing a bottom line for abstinence from the eating addiction.
- Recognizing addiction chatter/obsessions: eating, food, dieting, body image, nutrition, health, and learn new recovery self-talk, grounded in sane principles to challenge and replace all addiction chatter.
- Identifying and breaking any dependencies on the eating addiction.
- Establishing a new value system with priorities and beliefs that promote a healthy relationship with our body, our recovery process, our history, and our "historical selves."
Using phone or video sessions, a Screening session is schedule first, where the Recovery Model is presented in detail to help determine compatibility for working together. If compatibility is agreed upon, we begin the work of putting all aspects of the eating addiction into remission. Once remission is established, the deeper work of recovery becomes the focus, and the client then has the option to participate in virtual ongoing groups.
After going through the primary individual foundation work, clients have the option to join an ongoing book study group. Becky’s various published books are used. The participation in the phone/video support groups has a minimum of a 10-week commitment. Additionally, clients can also sign-up to participate in short-term workshops that have a specific focus, such as an Inner Family Workshop or a Body Image Healing Workshop.
Palm Springs Retreats
These in-person annual retreats are weekend sessions, Friday evening through Sunday midday. These retreats have a different recovery topic each year and include 5 moderate meals, guided meditation, and in-person support and guidance for achieving freedom, sanity and letting go of the eating addiction.
In 2020 Becky will be launching a Training Program for therapists, counselors and coaches who want to include The Becky L. Jackson Eating Addiction Recovery Model in their practice. There will be two tracks available to these professionals: one for those who are in their own recovery and one for those who have worked with addiction recovery. Becky will only be available to train four people per year.
About Becky´s Vision
The purpose of my Eating Addiction Recovery Model is to supply you with a map for recovery that puts all aspects of an active eating addiction into remission. Through education and support, we offer tools, insights and guidance as you stabilize abstinence from the eating addiction. Ongoing recovery guidance and support then allows for the deeper work of breaking all dependencies on the addiction, where we begin to experience true freedom—long-term recovery. By traveling this recovery path, I believe you can eventually experience eating and life as enjoyable, and become an ally to your body, maybe for the first time. Stable abstinence from the eating addiction opens the door to internal self-respect, a value that an active addiction has typically taken away.
I felt totally out of control with my eating and there was no hope. After 15 years of violent vomiting, laxatives, hospitals, therapists, and prayers, I felt there was nothing left for me... nothing to live for.
I saw my mother, who adored me, struggling to find any help she could for me and she was getting sicker than me. There was no way out but to just die!!! I remember the last time in the hospital, Becky came to see me because she was going to open a women’s recovery home. I thought, “Really!! I can’t even stop eating and throwing up... that is all I know, how can I live in a recovery home.”
My mom and dad thought it was a cult! I was f*cking scared! There were so many questions and I was terrified! I didn’t know what NORMAL was or how to live through a normal day, or even what that would feel like. “Who was I? And how do I do this life thing?” I could not take one bite without bingeing and purging, which would last the rest of the day into the night. I felt like it was a violent monster taking over my life, family, and friends.
I went into the recovery home Sept 1986. Where I was hopeless and in the dark and felt I would never eat again like a normal person, I have now, an abstinence of over 31 years. I continue to participate every day with life and enjoy eating ALL foods in moderation, 3 times a day. I honestly can say that I can now get through my days just eating one meal at a time without that violent monster in my head.
I now can look at myself with love and respect and know that everything that happens in my life today is in Divine Order with God.
My pervasive eating addiction kept me in relapse for over 20 years. It wasn’t the concomitant weight gain with my violent bingeing that caused me the greatest angst. It was the isolation emotionally and tangibly that was killing me. My life became so narrow with both my bingeing and dieting. I felt hopeless. And it’s a scary thing to not be able to trust myself. I felt too damaged and fettered with too many dark issues to ever recover from the eating addiction that had robbed me of living.
But when Becky became my mentor, all that changed. She told me that I never had to diet again, which was a big part of my disease. She said all foods were in my future. And promised me I’d stop yearning for the disease; that nothing emotionally or tangibly had to cause me to break my abstinence. And this has happened. Now with long-term abstinence, I’m free. Free of the torturous ramifications of bingeing/dieting. With my God and other amazing women that Becky has introduced me to, I am totally free. And I’d add, “You better respect this addiction, because it doesn’t respect you.”
I am alive today — happily and healthily — in very large part thanks to Becky. In 1994, I was quite literally near death from years of starving myself and using a variety of methods to get rid of what I DID eat. I had already been in two eating disorder in-patient programs, and I was desperate. It truly took the most profound desperation, fear and hopelessness for me to take the initiative to call a center and get a reference for a long-term program.
Pre-internet, I had to search pretty much blindly, and I still do not recall exactly how I got Becky’s name, but I made the call that changed my life forever, or rather saved it.
Becky’s approach, unlike most residential treatment centers, was based on TRUSTING her clients, which in turn, helped us separate from the addiction voices and begin to trust ourselves. Becky’s recovery model allowed us to become the adults that many of us, regardless of age, simply had never been before. It was a team effort, with all of us sharing responsibilities, stories, and solutions. Shame began to disappear and self-respect emerged!
Becky’s book, Dieting: A Dry Drunk, was full of stories that I could relate to so well, and it was so encouraging to see that these men and women — many who faced challenges I pray I will never have to face — remained abstinent from their disorders years and even decades after becoming abstinent.
Becky’s personal history along with her many years of teaching and sharing make her an outstanding resource.
I happened across your website and email address while searching for something else and could not pass up the opportunity to say thank you. I’m not sure if you remember but my mother came to you in 1992 regarding my eating addiction. You referred me to your first residential center and I also joined one of your support groups. We still talk about how thankful we are that you supported us both during a difficult time. When my mom was scared about the residential center, you let her know that it was something that she’d have to let me do and to trust the process. I am extremely grateful because the experience I had there was the pivotal point in my life. I don’t like to think like this or say this, but if it hadn’t been for you, I think I’d be dead or very mentally and physically ill.
I have abstained since September of 1992 — through college and graduating, through living in Europe for a year, through dating and for the first time and successive break-ups, through very minor ups and downs of life. I feel happy to have been given tools to work with and create my own way for me.
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Writing this is bringing tears to my eyes because I think about the way I was then and how I am now, and I can’t say that I would have it any other way. I really am a miracle and I just wanted you to know how deeply you touched my life just by sharing new ideas and pointing me in the right direction. Thank you.
Becky Jackson’s model of recovery from an eating addiction is the only one that has ever worked for me. I consider myself extremely fortunate that I found her as a young person and am now in my 30th year free from a disease that surely would have killed me, slowly enough to hijack whatever potential for joy existed in my life and affecting the lives of everyone I love.
Eating addictions are no joke and the way they are misunderstood and minimized makes it likely that most of our attempts at comprehensive recovery fail even for the most sincerely motivated person. What I have seen in my years of working with Becky personally and professionally is that recovery is possible when we take the risk to look at them in a new way. She provides this context and a clear pathway to begin, continue, and integrate a new way of living that is progressively healing. I am immensely grateful to have benefitted from her work.
As a psychiatrist, I have learned a great deal from Becky Jackson about how to treat patients with eating disorders. I have applied her insights to my own patients and have realized results that did not occur before. Now all of my patients follow her guidelines to arrest the disorder first and then we work on the painful feelings underneath.
None of us as psychiatrists or counselors can fix a person with an eating disorder. While there is hope that better medicines will be developed (some already help) and we will learn how to serve as better guides to recovery, people with eating disorders must fix themselves. They must admit that they are sick, that their lives are out of control and start living the tools to recovery.
This [model] comes from the years of experience and hard work of a woman who has systematically taken the steps to recover from an illness that almost took her life. Now, in full recovery, she has been a guide and teacher to many whose lives were destroyed by their inability to eat sanely and moderately. The methods that worked for her, worked for them, too. Because her system works, this [model] will be a source of inspiration to the millions of women and men who live in the despair and shame of eating disorders.
This is not based on speculation. It is based on facts and success. There is no easy way to recovery, but there is a way to recover. Reading this will not make anyone well. Living the book and living the recovery will.
Becky has learned to love herself and get well in the process. Loving oneself is tougher than it seems. But recovery starts there. This model is her story but the recovery can apply to all who live it.
I am a Psychological Assistant at the Alvarado Sports Medicine Center as well as a Social Service Representative at the Vista Hill Behavioral Health Center and Psychiatric Hospital in San Diego, California. I have worked with patients who have an eating disorder on an in-patient as well as out-patient basis. I have also co-treated and studied with Becky Jackson for over three years.
Becky Jackson’s been an excellent resource both personally and professionally. Her practical approach, focusing on how to arrest an eating disorder, has provided a clear, concise, and structured framework, which I have utilized with clients, patients, friends, and family.
I appreciate the wide range of information and services that Becky originally produced. Her workshops, groups, individual sessions, CD’s, as well as her books have allowed her system of behavioral change and recovery to be both affordable and available to a large market of people.
My work with Becky has assisted me with integrating a personal and professional therapeutic and recovery model.
In 1990 I got pregnant and promptly had a panic attack about my body image. One of the most beautiful and precious events in a woman’s life was being robbed from me by an aspect of my eating disorder. This was after 2 years of active participation in Overeaters Anonymous.
I called Becky. At that time, she was a source for referrals for clients in my psychotherapy practice. I did not feel competent treating ED clients. With my panic attack, I decided to personally participate in one of Becky’s Living Abstinent Groups, followed by her Body Image group and workshops.
Two years later, I began to accept clients with eating disorders in my practice. I felt that I had a sound model for helping clients make a vital commitment to profound change in their lives. I’ve always said, “If you truly want to integrate new concepts and behaviors in your life; teach it.” Although I still wouldn’t call myself an Eating Disorder expert, almost 30 years later, I continue to encourage my clients to read Dieting: A Dry Drunk.
Collaboration around a sound abstinence and the therapeutic exploration into deeper issues to minimize relapse risk are greatly facilitated with the tools that Becky Jackson concisely lays out in her books, workshops, and audio lessons. Her friendly and firm personal style helps the denial process to let go. Her ability to connect clients with a network of other individuals in various stages of the healing process creates a safety net for the individual in recovery.
I hope that this book, as well as her other books, continue to appear on your desktop, as they do on mine; as a tool for support and a reminder of the freedom from the obsession from eating, food, and body image. A gift to live life consciously and joyfully.