National Eating Disorders Association

Recovery from an eating disorder possible! It is a process which takes commitment and hard work - for some, it takes many years – but in the end you can live a full, happy life free from eating disorder thoughts and behaviors.

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a process, unique to each person’s experience with an eating disorder, in which an individual develops healthy coping strategies, thought patterns, body image and sense-of-self. With sustained dedication to a realistic treatment plan and the ongoing support of friends and family, many people reach a place of being recovered – completely free form eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. Learn more.

Life During Recovery: Questions to Ask Yourself

Life without an eating disorder can be difficult to imagine. Gürze Books has an article describing questions that sheds light on some features that recovery entails such as dealing with uncomfortable feelings and setting realistic goals. Learn more.

Understanding the Stages of Change in the Recovery Process 

Recovery is a good thing, but for patients it may not always seem that way, as it often it involves working through the feelings of discomfort. For individual sufferers or for their loved ones, this can be frustrating and hard to understand. Even after recovery, relapse can happen because of lingering ambivalence, and periods of feeling stuck. Gürze Books has an article about “readiness to change” that can shed some light on this topic for patients as well as family and friends. Learn more.

Helpful Tips for After Residential Treatment

You made great progress in residential treatment and may be wondering how you can bring your “changed self” back into the “real world”. Gürze Books’ article “Recovery Tips After Residential Treatment” provides helpful techniques for re-entering the “real world”. Learn more.

Slips, Lapses and Relapses: Tips for Challenging Situations

In the recovery process, it is common to experience occasional periods of relapse or slips in one’s adherence to the treatment plan. Having a strong support system and treatment team in place will help to deal with the challenging times in recovery. Learn more.

Twelve Ideas for Negotiating the Holidays

The Holidays can be a time to spend with loved ones and a time to celebrate. They can also be a time when food and family can provoke anxiety and present triggers. This guide suggests a few ideas that may help you plan ahead and get your supports in place. Learn more.