National Eating Disorders Association

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dealing with a relapse

I was in recovery for 6 months I was officially diagnosed with an eating disorder in march of this year right now I'm dealing with a relapse and I'm not sure what to do does anyone have advice for me? I'm looking into a treatment center but not sure if I will be able to go due to financial reasons I tried recovering on my own but it hasn't worked.

I'm not going to be much help

I'm not going to be much help. But I've been going through the same thing you are. I just continue to go to therapy because that's all I can afford right now. I also keep up on the forum. It helps me to see how I'm not alone in this. Nd the last thing is I don't give up on myself no matter what I'm going through at the time. Sorry if that's not of any help. But I can relate.

Hi Mountiesgirl~

Hi Mountiesgirl~

Dealing with relapse is definitely difficult, and it's especially more difficult when trying to recover by oneself. I would say seeing eating disorder specialists or professionals in general could definitely be more of a benefit to you since they would be better equipped to help make a plan with you and guide you through the steps into recovery! Even if there are financial obstacles, there are many other options open to help you- such as research studies that are free, or scholarship options that would lessen the cost of treatment. I know NEDA Helpline helps with giving out that info out regarding those options. So I definitely encourage you to give them a call! (1-800-931-2237 M-Th 9am-9pm EST, F 9am-5pm EST)!! If you browse through NEDA, you can find the link to the insurance resources here:

Finance reasons can definitely make it hard for anyone with eating disorder symptoms to gain recovery, but you have already made one step into recovery by writing on this forum! Reaching out to others and opening yourself up about your symptoms shows your willingness to change for the better and your acknowledgement of your eating behaviors! So don't you ever give up! You've hardly begun :) keep going and don't stop until you get what you want! Change doesn't happen overnight, so remember, one day at a time!


I have had an eating disorder for several years. It started with excessive exercise, than anorexia, than bulimia. I am struggling with relapse right now and cannot afford inpatient treatment again. You are not alone. I'm just taking things one day at a time.

Hi devorah,

I'm so sorry to hear that you're struggling with a relapse right now. I know how hard this can be, and I also know that it can be infinitely harder if you have to deal with it on your own. I would definitely back up what both jeadorele23 and nyk454 have said: many professionals are willing to work with you when it comes to financial hardships. Financial struggles certainly make treatment more difficult to find, but it is still out there. I would definitely give the NEDA Helpline a call and see what resources they can find for you.

Stay strong, and good luck!

Difficult recovering on your own

Hi mountiesgirl,

I agree that dealing with an eating disorder is difficult on your own. Often times, there may be professionals that may work on a sliding scale to accommodate for your financial situation. NEDA might have some resources to professionals that may offer this option. I'm really proud of you for reaching out about your situation. I would definitely give them a call whether you need to talk or you need to get the referrals you need when you're ready. 1-800-931-2237 M-Th 9am-9pm EST, F 9am-5pm EST is there for you when you are ready! Best of luck!

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