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    I am 21 years of age and a recovered alcoholic but I am also anorexic. I am afraid that my eating disorder will consume everything I have worked so hard for. I start nursing school in April and I am so excited, yet scared to death to completely relapse. Help please?
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    Are you working any kind of a recovery program for your alcohol addiction as well as your eating disorder?

    Jack
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    Quote from nursinggirl21
    I am 21 years of age and a recovered alcoholic but I am also anorexic. I am afraid that my eating disorder will consume everything I have worked so hard for. I start nursing school in April and I am so excited, yet scared to death to completely relapse. Help please?
    Have you contacted Overeaters Anonymous? Some groups have anorectics in their group.
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    Nursing school is a HUGE pressure cooker! You state that you are 21 and already a recovering alcoholic (actually, you state you are recovered?), my advice is to wait until you know you have life on track before starting a nursing program, if you have to withdraw because of health issues it will be that much more difficult to get accepted to a program again. Why not take some courses at community college that will transfer, even some that won't necessarily transfer but will be helpful overall for a nursing career (like medical terminology, or back office). Continue with your therapy/program that you have in place for your anorexia, continue AA and do a few semesters at a Community College.
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    You are an anorexic, but you are not in denial? So you have gotten help..?
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    I was a functioning alcoholic for 2 years and finally got treatment. I don't drink anymore. As for the anorexia, I have a treatment team and I am almost completely weight restored and I am currently in recovery.

    I am almost finished with my GED and I will be doing my prerequisites at a local community college. I feel like my life has done a complete 180 turn. I have a good home life, I am almost done with school, I am holding down a full time job, and my health has markedly improved. I know I could manage nursing school and work if its something I really wanna do, which it is, and I can't wait. I just wa curious on other people's input.
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    I think by the time you get to nursing school, assuming you are still sober and continuing recovery for anorexia, you will be fine if you have a strong support system.


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