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Bulimia Treatment and Recovery

Eating and then purging is a dangerous focus on weight control that can lead to a deadly condition known as bulimia. If you or someone you love is suffering from bulimia, call American Addiction Centers at 800-890-1956 before it’s too late.

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Many people who are overwhelmed by bulimia, one of the most common eating disorders, are aware know they have a problem. However, too many bulimia suffers don’t seek the help they need. Some might think health insurance won’t cover treatment (when it often it will), or some might consider the health consequences of bulimia severe.

At American Addiction Centers, our caring and professional staff not only treats eating disorders, but addresses and treats depression, anxiety and other symptoms associated with bulimia using therapeutic programming and evidence-based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Without treatment, bulimia is life-threatening.

Bulimia is extremely harmful to the body, impacting the entire digestive system and other major organs. The health consequences of untreated bulimia include:

  1. Electrolyte imbalances that can lead to irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure and death. The electrolyte imbalance is caused by dehydration and loss of potassium and sodium from the repeated purging behaviors.
  2. Inflammation and possible rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting.
  3. Tooth decay and staining from stomach acids released during frequent vomiting.
  4. Chronic irregular bowel movements and constipation as a result of laxative abuse.
  5. Gastric rupture is a possible side of effect of binge eating.

Warning signs:

Unlike those who suffer from anorexia, bulimics will often appear to be of average body weight. But although not necessarily rail-thin, there are plenty of warning signs that an individual has bulimia, including:

  1. Evidence of binge-eating, such as the disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time, or the existence of a large amount of used-up food wrappers or containers.
  2. Evidence of purging behaviors, such as frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, the smell of vomit or the sight of laxative/diuretic packages.
  3. Excessive exercise routine, even during times of bad weather or injury. An obsession with “burning calories.”
  4. Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area.
  5. Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self-induced vomiting.
  6. Discoloration or staining of the teeth.
  7. Creation of complex lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge-and-purge sessions.

The chances for bulimia recovery increase with early detection. If these symptoms match the behavior of you or someone you know, bulimia treatment is necessary right away, call us now at 800-890-1956.

Who is affected by bulimia?

All ages, male or female, can suffer from bulimia. Young women are the most seriously impacted, with approximately 1-2% of adolescent and young adult women afflicted, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Janitors at Stanford University, for example, are familiar enough with the disease that they warn dorm supervisors as they regularly cleaning up vomit in the bathrooms.

Bulimia is often associated with symptoms of depression. The tragic case of 20-year-old Elisa McCall is one example of how psychologically damaging bulimia can be. McCall, of Highland Park, Texas, took her own life in 1996 after battling bulimia. She left behind a journal with haunting words describing her struggle with the disease. “I can’t live with this forever, or even much longer,” McCall wrote, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It’s lonely, destructive and scary.”

It doesn’t have to be that way for you or the ones you love. Bulimia recovery is possible, but only with the proper help. Call American Addiction Centers today 800-890-1956.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find a bulimia treatment center. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury bulimia treatment.