Recovery Information

Eating disorder ‘recovery’ is different for each and every person affected by an eating disorder. For some people it might mean that they never have another eating disorder thought again. For others it means that, although these thoughts are still there, they happen less frequently, and they’re able to control them through the coping mechanisms and techniques they’ve learned, meaning they no longer have the same impact on their daily life.

Recovering from an eating disorder is like riding a bike for the very first time. You can fall at any point, it seriously hurts and can actually knock your confidence. But by getting up and back on, you'll show your 'bicycle' who's boss and finally you'll know how to ride like any 'normal' kid.

It’s important to remember that recovering from an eating disorder is hardly ever a straightforward process. Because an eating disorder is often a means of coping with or feeling in control of difficult emotions or situations, the idea of life without it can be very frightening, and you may feel conflicted about recovery. Nobody expects you to smoothly walk along your path towards recovery without meeting a few obstacles or taking a wrong turn along the way. But remember there’s always someone or something there to help you find your way back.

In this section, we’ll answer some of the questions we are most commonly asked about recovery and highlight some of the stories people have shared with us about their own experiences.

We hear stories every day that tell us that recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Some people believe they will always have to find ways to cope with disordered eating thoughts but know they can make sure it doesn’t affect their behaviour and others find that once recovered they don’t have these thoughts.