How to start recovery from bulimia

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When you’re just starting out on the road to recovery it can seem like such an impossible task. There are so many things you need to think about, so many decisions that need to be made and so many fears that inevitably need to be faced. The truth is - it’s easy to become overwhelmed before you’ve even started!

If you’re getting ready to start your own recovery journey right now then your mind is probably buzzing with questions like, “What if I’m not strong enough to recover?”, “What do I actually need to do to in order to recover?” and the biggest question of them all… “Where do I even start?”

When it comes to starting recovery you can end up feeling excited and terrified all at the same time. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! But don’t worry, help is at hand. If you're sick of putting off your recovery until "tomorrow" only to find that tomorrow never comes then it is time to take action TODAY. 

Here are some great tips on where to get started:

1. Talk to your doctor 

As a first step we’d highly suggest that you make an appointment with your doctor, not only to discuss treatment options but also for a general health check. We all know how devastating the side effects of bulimia can be, so having things like your potassium levels regularly monitored by your doctor makes sense and will help to keep you safe.   

2. Call a Telephone Helpline 

There are some great telephone support lines you can use if you’d like some further information, support and advice. We recommend:

3. Consider Self-Help

Alternatively, you might be interested in trying out our own online bulimia recovery program called the Bulimia Help Method. You can learn more about the program here.

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter where you start, all that matters is that you do!

In the following pages we’ll help to answer a lot more of those burning questions you undoubtedly have about getting started with recovery, while hopefully reassuring you that recovery really is possible in the process.  So from here on out you can treat this as your very own getting started guide with recovery. 


The information provided in this website is for information purposes only. The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer and copyright. If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, as there are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.


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