Bulimia is an eating disorder characterised by cycles of binging and purging. Bulimia sufferers eat far beyond the point of feeling full, followed by an episode of purging. This process of binging and purging is highly disruptive and can cause, chronic gastric reflux, ulcers, tooth decay, kidney damage, chest pain, infertility, cardiac arrhythmia, and death.
Bulimics often feel intense guilt, depression or shame which makes bulimia a very secretive disease. Those who have it may fear coming forward and often they think treatment will mean putting on weight. That only further increases the negative emotions surrounding their condition. This, combined with the fact that bulimics may not have drastic fluctuations in weight makes the condition very hard to identify.
The signs and symptoms of Bulimia
Bulimia is a secretive disease and many of the symptoms are very hard to see. The most common bulimia symptoms are binging on foods that you feel guilty about eating, and then purging yourself of those foods through excessive exercise, vomiting or abusing laxatives. Other less visible symptoms of Bulimia include an obsession with food, fear or embarrassment about eating sugary or fatty foods in front of other people and constantly counting calories. If you are suffering from a continuous cycle of binging and purging and you are ready to break the habit, Life Works team of bulimia counsellors can help.
To take the first step towards seeking help for bulimia, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.
I need treatment for Bulimia, how can Life Works help me?
At Life Works, we help each client identify the root of their eating disorder. Our holistic approach allows us to treat not only eating disorders, but any other co-occurring problems clients may have. We believe it is important to tackle the behaviour fuelling the disorder rather than just the symptoms. This ensures all of Life Works clients have the best opportunity for long-term recovery. Life Works also works with the families of bulimics to repair broken lines of communication and provide each client with a support network as part of our family program.
How can I start treatment for Bulimia at Life Works?
If you are ready to start your recovery, Life Works can help. The first step is to call our dedicated enquiries team who can assess your situation, discuss your concerns and answer any other questions you may have. This helps us understand your problem and create a personalised treatment plan.
Upon entering Life Works, clients are introduced to their primary counsellor. They then go through several assessments to help our professionals better treat their eating disorder. These include a clinical assessment, a psychological assessment and a medical assessment with our resident medical officer. Once all of this is completed, clients receive their primary treatment plan from their counsellor. This plan covers their first week of stay and can be amended depending on each client's needs and other factors. During the first week, each client experiences a number of treatment methods and therapies which include group therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. Each client will also meet with our nutritionist to work out a meal plan and be assigned a buddy who is another client. A buddy will be responsible for helping new clients learn about Life Works and guide them through day to day activities.
Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.