Our Veterans Rehab Treatment Centers offer specialized treatment programs for Bulimia. With years of experience, Our Residential Mental Health Treatment Centers work tirelessly to meet your treatment needs.
WHAT IS BULIMIA?
Bulimia is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder. People with bulimia secretly binge — eating large amounts of food — and then purge, trying to get rid of the extra calories. To get rid of calories and prevent weight gain, people with bulimia use different methods. For example, sometimes misusing laxatives, weight-loss supplements, diuretics or enemas after bingeing. Or you may use other ways to get rid of calories, such as fasting, strict dieting or excessive exercise.
If you have bulimia, you’re preoccupied with your weight and body shape. You judge yourself severely and harshly for your self-perceived flaws. Because it’s related to self-image — and not just about food — bulimia can be hard to overcome. But effective treatment can help you feel better about yourself, adopt healthier eating patterns and reverse serious complications. Our Veterans Rehab and Detox Center treatment programs offer one on one therapy, group therapy, nutritional courses, and mindfulness techniques to help with Eating Disorder management.
Symptoms of Bulimia
Bulimia signs and symptoms may include:
- Being preoccupied with your body shape and weight
- Living in fear of gaining weight
- Repeated episodes of eating abnormally large amounts of food in one sitting
- Feeling a loss of control during bingeing — like you can’t stop eating or can’t control what you eat
- Forcing yourself to vomit or exercising too much to keep from gaining weight after bingeing
- Using laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating when they’re not needed
- Fasting, restricting calories or avoiding certain foods between binges
- Using dietary supplements or herbal products excessively for weight loss
The severity of bulimia is determined by the number of times a week that you purge, usually at least once a week for at least three months.
Because most people with bulimia are usually normal weight or slightly overweight, it may not be apparent to others that something is wrong. Red flags that family and friends may notice include:
- Constantly worrying or complaining about being fat
- Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
- Repeatedly eating unusually large quantities of food in one sitting, especially foods the person would normally avoid
- Strict dieting or fasting after binge eating
- Not wanting to eat in public or in front of others
- Going to the bathroom right after eating, during meals or for long periods of time
- Exercising too much
- Having sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
- Having damaged teeth and gums
- Changing weight
- Swelling in the hands and feet
- Facial and cheek swelling from enlarged glands
How Do We Treat It?
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As a member of VA Community Care Network, Warriors and First Responders Resorts can help. You can enroll into one of our specialized treatment programs yourself or refer someone. Our Veterans Rehab admissions staff is available to answer any questions and help to guide you through the process. Admissions staff members are there to arrange admissions, facilitate transportation, evaluate, and assist with insurance verification.
Once a Veteran enters our Rehab and completes their mental health evaluations, they will be given a daily schedule. It is important to adhere to all the rules and do their best to complete all the work laid out for them in their individualized treatment plan. When Veterans work hard on their recovery and want to improve their situation, they will experience the healing process. Those that enroll in our program have the opportunity to change and begin the journey to sobriety.