You can live your life free from an eating disorder. Recovery is possible.
Sustained recovery requires careful planning, and a team approach. For many patients, that means utilizing the full continuum of care. Typically, recovery does not happen once, but takes place over years of mindful application of the lessons learned in treatment. In other words, care goes hand and hand with aftercare.
It can be challenging to re-enter into the environment that one’s eating disorder had previously developed. However, going back with a realistic treatment plan can help to facilitate the recovery process.
Trust your team. Follow their recommendations for when it is time to step down. It is important to not cut yourself off from support, even when you feel like things are going “fine.” Challenges will come up, and while you might have the skills to respond to them without eating disorder behavior it’s helpful to have a professional as “backup.” They will be able to help you create a plan that includes being aware of what may have triggered you in the past, and help you to work towards creating effective and healthy coping skills.
Stories of Hope
We've heard from so many people that, in their darkest hour, didn't believe it was possible to ever be free from their eating disorder. Many of those people have now recovered. Our Stories of Hope highlight a wide range of stories from diverse individuals who have recovered from an eating disorder. You can check them out for inspiration or submit your own story to be considered for the collection. Learn more.
Want to talk with others who are in recovery from an eating disorder? Need some support from those working towards recovery? Our Forums include options for individuals firmly in recovery, as well as those who are working toward recovery, so that you can connect with others and get more of the social support you need. Learn more.
Recovery and Relapse Prevention
Find the resources and information you need to understand the recovery process and work to prevent relapsing from an eating disorder. These resources are meant to supplement the guidance you are receiving from your professional treatment team, but they are not a substitute for treatment. Learn more.
- What is Recovery?
- Life During Recovery: Questions to Ask Yourself
- Understanding Stages of Change in the Recovery Process
- Helpful Tips for After Residential Treatment
- Slips, Lapses and Relapses: Tips for Challenging Situations
- 12 Ideas for Negotiating the Holidays
Developing and Maintaining a Positive Body Image
Negative body image can be one of the first triggers of an eating disorder, and recovery from an eating disorder may include overcoming body dissatisfaction. Use these tools to practice improving your body image every day. Learn more.
- What is Body Image?
- Every Body is Different
- Listen to Your Body
- No Weigh! A Declaration
- The Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
- 10 “Will-Powers” for Improving Body Image
- 10 Steps to Positive Body Image
- 20 Ways to Love Your Body