Recovery Support Blog

I have volunteered for SWEDA for a nearly a year, and have recently started to do Recovery Support which involves helping people meet their recovery goals in a 12-week programme by  seeing a recovery support worker, it could be something that is really stopping their recovery, for example going to a coffee shop or doing a food shop which, to someone who has an eating disorder, can be something they are scared of.

This is such an amazing service, as when I was in recovery my mind was so fixed on rituals and scares that I avoided a lot , recovery is all about stepping out of your comfort zone but this can be difficult when your eating disorder voice is saying not to make these changes, having someone that can support you, listen to you and want you to succeed can make the difference.

I found in my recovery the small steps made such a difference, so when I was able to go into a supermarket without totally breaking down It was a real triumph, if I could have had someone by my side it would have helped.

I had an eating disorder for 17 years with major relapses and looking back now these happened because I slipped back into the vicious cycle.

My tips for staying safe are:

1.     Get as much help as you can, talk to people, an eating disorder is so secretive

2.     Be kind to yourself

3.     Learn from your setbacks

I have really enjoyed doing recovery support as it has been a way for me to help people and if there is anything good that has come from having an eating disorder, it’s that I can help people who are struggling. 

No one deserves to go through this with an eating disorder and I’m living proof that, eventually, recovery will happen.

It’s not easy, and after 3 years I still need to use the tools I’ve learnt.

Not everything you try will help but you never know recovery support could give you that freedom and start enjoying your life.

MN - Volunteer


“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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