Why is recovery so important?

A simple answer. Because eating disorders kill. And even if you're feeling so bad that you want to die, you must know that there is better out there for you. There are people that care about you, even though you may not know about them yet. No matter what awful things you've been through in the past, what terrible things you're experiencing right now, you never know what it is store for you in the future. And there's always potential for it to be filled with good things.
Eating disorders take away your friends, your health, your life. Serious long term damage can happen to your body if you do not nourish it properly. And the sooner you start to put the right steps in place, the less chance you have of developing long term physical and/or psychological problems.
The thought of recovery may seem incredibly daunting, frightening and perhaps even impossible. But it is something worth fighting for because there is no better alternative.

Is recovery possible?

Absolutely. One hundred percent yes. I personally have met several inspirational people who have come out the other side of their eating disorder to live amazing lives. And if they can do it, there's no reason why you can't. There's no reason why anyone can't. It's hard work, and at times you may feel like you're taking 100 steps forward and then 99 back. But each one step, each individual relapse you recover from, each battle you win, takes you closer to the goal.

How do I recover?

There is no straightforward answer to this question. There are the usual steps you can take: The first is to get yourself to the doctor. Don't be afraid to tell them exactly how bad things are. If you're feeling unable to talk, write it down and hand it to them. Remember that your GP is the gateway to getting the help you need, be it counsellors, nutritionists, inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Remember that quite often the first step is to get the eating problems managed more sensibly, and to improve your physical health. You will gradually learn new coping mechanisms to replace the old unhealthy ones, and eventually you may start working on any underlining problems which may have caused the eating disorder. It all takes time, and the course is not a straight one - there will likely be relapses and struggles, but that is perfectly normal.

Recovery is a journey that is different for everyone. For some it's longer than for others. We've all had different experiences, and will learn different things about ourselves along the way. It takes hard work, determination, and most of all, hope. There is no magic wand, no magic pill. And no one else can do it for you, no one can save you. It all has to come from you. And you do have the strength inside you to do it.

But you don't have to do it alone. Join our Forum now, and make friends with like-minded people who can help to support you along the way. Even if the only answer is a virtual hug and the knowledge that someone cares.

What is the Recovery Boat?

The Recovery Boat is a website and forum which provides peer support for people who suffer with eating disorders, and their carers and loved ones.

Is Recovery Boat Pro-Ana or Pro-Mia?

No. We are Pro-Recovery.

Is Recovery Boat a substitute for professional help?

No. Recovery Boat is designed to help you along the way and provide support, and should be used alongside professional help from your doctor/therapist/counsellor/dietician.

How do I know if I'm ready for recovery?

You may never feel completely ready for recovery. Recovery means facing your fears and accepting tough challenges, and who ever feels completely ready for that? But if you know that you can't go on living like this any longer, if you want to be happy and healthy, then it's time.