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What are the Benefits of Using a Recovery Tool Like Recovery Record?

By Sarah McMahon

Recovery Record is a powerful App that we use regularly at BodyMatters. We have written about it previously as it is a useful resource for both our clients and clinicians. One of the things we love about Recovery Record is that it is constantly evolving to ensure maximum value. Here are some of the current benefits of using it:

  1. Self monitoring. Self-monitoring is well researched as being a powerful way of increasing awareness of behaviors and the emotions and thoughts that accompany them. Further, self monitoring helps you and your patient understand nature of the problem.
  2. Completing records using recovery record creates a “gap” between trigger and response
  3. Enables you to practice skills to respond differently and change behaviors that seemed automatic
  4. Assist you in developing a habit of regular eating – which is an important part of recovery. Irregular eating is a maintaining factor for eating pathology
  5. Enables direct and easy feedback between you and your clinician
  6. Enables you to take photos of meals, removing any subjectivity from recording portion size or meal content. This can also be an easier way of recording food than a manual entry
  7. Enables thought and feeling rating and recording. This is useful for your own self monitoring, to track progress and for therapeutic progress
  8. Tracking coping skills. You can add your own coping skills or use templates that are already written into the design as templates that you can modify (such as delaying, using a coping phrase, thought log, remembering reasons to recover). These can be set up to be prompted at certain points (e.g. when you binge eat, or when you have an urge to restrict ). There are over 100 coping skills templates
  9. You can assign and track goals. This is great to keep you focused on your recovery. Also fantastic when you are feeling unmotivated or hopeless, to review the goals you may have previously established and succeeded at
  10. Meal planning. When a meal plan is developed or assigned this can be entered into the App. This is an efficient way of recalling what has been agreed upon and logging your eating against that. Furthermore, this enables everyone in your treatment team to be “on the same page” about your meal plan
  11. Push notifications can be established to help prompt you to eat
  12. Enables collaboration with other clinicians – so your psychologist, dietitian and GP can all link into your profile and access your self monitoring, as well as help you set up coping strategies and can even communicate on the same platform
  13. Integrates your data into various charts that are useful means for considering patterns in your eating. For example, looking at the time of day or frequency that behaviours typically occur

Do you use Recovery Record? What have you found helpful?

NB: things to understand about Recovery Record:

  • Recovery Record is HIPAA compliant, which means data is kept secure and private
  • Recovery Record is not for emergency use or the place to report emergencies
  • Clinician is not expected to be aware of nor respond to events or changes in app

 

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