How is Bulimia Nervosa Treated?

Treatment for bulimia at Eating Recovery Center involves a thoughtful fusion of medical, psychiatric, therapeutic and dietary interventions.

Medical and psychiatric stabilization

Recovery from bulimia is a marathon, not a sprint. Changing ingrained bingeing/purging behaviors is hard and you’ll need support. It begins with careful, controlled stabilization.

The initial focus in bulimia treatment is to achieve medical and psychiatric stabilization. While many patients suffering with bulimia are a normal weight at the time of admission, some may require weight restoration in addition to other stabilization efforts. 

Our medical experts understand the urgent need to safely “detox” from bulimia and purging behaviors. Patients that cease purging will often experience abdominal pain and constipation after stopping their laxatives or significant edema, resulting in weight gain. The edema is a consequence of chronic severe volume depletion from loss of fluids (Pseudo-Bartter’s Syndrome). This syndrome is severely worsened by overuse of a rapid infusion of IV saline fluids used in most medical settings (for treatment of low blood pressure, dehydration, hypokalemia and alkalosis), creating a potentially dangerous scenario for patients.

As your body begins to heal, then your team at our eating disorder treatment center can begin to help you through the process of healing and lead you to recovery.

Intensive, evidence-based therapies

Following stabilization, patients will engage in a thoughtful curriculum of individual, group, family and experiential therapy, as well as dietary counseling and education. Based on ground-breaking, evidence-based research, we offer therapeutic interventions proven to address the eating disorder and help our patients achieve lasting recovery.

Along with the therapies listed, bulimia symptoms will be carefully monitored and managed by our staff. If this is not accomplished, patients often resume purging behaviors to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and manage anxiety related to the discomfort.

Safe, controlled recovery from bulimia

Eating Recovery Center is the nation's only health care system dedicated to the treatment of bulimia at all levels of care, including inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. Our clinical leadership team includes noted and respected experts in the field of bulimia treatment.

Please call us at 877-825-8584 to learn more about how we can help you break the cycle of bingeing and purging. You are not alone in your recovery; we’re here to support you throughout your journey.

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