Written by: Dale Conlon
Medically Reviewed by: Dr Mateen Durrani – MBBS, DPM, MSc, BCPsych
Last Updated: January 10th, 2023
Treatment for bulimia nervosa
Every day more and more people are receiving treatment for bulimia nervosa. Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders in the country, with almost half a million Britons suffering from food-related disorders. Bulimia enslaves people in a distressing cycle of eating and purging. Fortunately, the bulimia treatment success rate is high, and we at Primrose Lodge are confident that we have the facilities, compassion, and expertise to help clients receive beneficial bulimia nervosa treatment. Our sole purpose is to restore clients’ physical and mental health, as well as equip them with the tools they need to make a life-long recovery.
What is bulimia rehab?
Attending rehab for bulimia is essential for anyone battling this disorder as it takes a holistic approach to recovery, incorporating physical healing via diet and nutrition, psychological talking therapies and various additional treatments. These range of treatments allow you gain all-around physical, mental, and emotional healing. Upon admission to rehab for bulimia, you will be medically assessed and given a personalised recovery plan tailored to your specific requirements. This will ensure you have the best possible chance of long-term recovery.
Do I need treatment for bulimia?
It’s not easy to put your trust in others, but bulimia is very difficult to battle alone. Our therapists can support you through the process using first-hand experience of recovery; the quicker we can give you treatment for bulimia, the less likely you are to gain long-term health consequences.
If you relate to any of the statements below, it’s a good sign that you may want to consider bulimia rehab.
- I feel like I have no control over my eating habits; sometimes, I binge eat, and I am unable to stop despite feeling full.
- I purge immediately after eating or bingeing. This can induce vomiting, abusing laxatives or participating in an extreme exercise to burn calories.
- I make excuses after eating with others so I can purge
- I hoard food in secret so others can’t see
- I hide my bingeing, food wrappers and containers so others can’t see
- I am unhappy with my weight or body shape. I constantly weigh myself or look in the mirror.
- I am worried that I will gain weight.
- I feel guilt and shame after eating.
Our treatment for bulimia
First, we treat the physical bulimia symptoms by providing you with a nutrition plan, and then we help you choose the best therapies and treatment options. Therapy is highly important as 95% of people with bulimia suffer from a co-occurring psychiatric disorder, counselling can help address the underlying reasons which lead you to your behavioural patterns.
Whilst staying at bulimia rehab, you will be invited to partake in several treatment programmes, some of which will resonate with you more than others. Our advice is to try everything and embrace what is available. We know from experience that something always resonates with each client, which gives them a spark of hope, which only glows stronger and brighter as they progress. So, keep an open mind and allow yourself to be open to all that is suggested, as you may be pleasantly surprised at what you wish to continue once you leave rehab.
Below is a list of some of the therapies and treatments we offer as a treatment for bulimia:
- One-on-one therapy sessions
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Creative expressive therapy
- Group sessions that aid behaviour modification and emotion management
- Family therapy
- 12-step facilitation and meetings
- Nutrition counselling
- Gong baths
Whilst staying at rehab for bulimia, you’ll be invited to attend holistic treatments such as meditation, yoga, and creative therapies such as art and music therapy. These can help you express yourself and access a place of inner peace. This has wonderful benefits for your nervous system; the sense of calm can rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. These treatments are a great accompaniment to counselling and talking therapies.
By following a holistic approach that incorporates proven bulimic treatment methodology, we can achieve the following:
- Restore you to a healthy body weight
- Address distorted thinking
- Treat emotional problems such as low self-esteem
- Help you make behavioural changes that contribute to long-lasting recovery
Talking therapies are particularly effective in treating bulimia. Treatments in this category are referred to as talking therapies because of the key role communication plays in their efficiency. Some of the talking therapies we use to help our patients include:
Therapists, during family support, will also educate you on how to manage feelings or circumstances that may cause you to relapse into unhealthy eating habits. Sessions can be held with your family,
Bulimia rehab treatment benefits
Our sister centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is our primary centre for treating Bulimia. Staying in our private rehab for bulimia treatment comes with various benefits, including therapists with firs-hand experience of eating disorders and a supportive network of peers.
We understand how debilitating living with bulimia can be. We hope to give you the best possible chance at recovery by providing you with you thorough treatment that will repair and restore you physical and mental health. If have any more questions about bulimia rehab, give us a call today and one of our helpful advisors will go through them with you.