Just like you, many people suffering from bulimia want to recover but don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re scared to face your disorder, maybe you don’t know where to start, or maybe you’re frustrated because you’ve tried to stop many times and keep relapsing. Whatever your reasons are for continuing your behavior, the bottom line is you want to get help. If this sounds like you, keep reading. Here are seven secrets to help you recover from bulimia.
1. Find out if you need treatment for a co-occurring mental disorder. Studies show that 40 to 96 percent of all people suffering from eating disorders also suffer from depression and anxiety disorders, and 33 percent of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder are bulimic. Talk to your doctor about medications and other treatment options available for bulimia patients with co-occurring disorders. Many recovering bulimics have found recovery success through taking anti-depressants and undergoing therapy for their depression, anxiety or over-compulsive disorder.
2. Seek advice from a nutritionist. Many bulimics want to get better but fear that they’ll get fat if they stop purging. A nutritionist can help you choose foods that you enjoy and are also part of a balanced and healthy diet. You’ll also learn which vitamins and supplements you’ll need to help you body recover from the ravaging effects of bulimia. Zinc, riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamin (Vitamin B1) are just some of the nutrients your body will need for a faster recovery.
3. Try holistic treatments. Bulimia is not only a physical disorder but a mental one as well. Holistic treatments will treat your entire disorder, from your body to your mind to your emotions and spirit. One example of an effective holistic treatment is acupuncture. By triggering specific points in your body, acupuncture can help relieve symptoms of bulimia such as liver problems, upset stomach and insomnia. Other types of holistic treatment for bulimia include bodywork, art therapy, and yoga.
4. Join a support group. In order to recover from bulimia you need to face your behavior and seek support from people who understand the unique dynamics of your disorder. Joining a group like Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) can help you along in your recovery. There are hundreds of support groups available around the country so choose one that makes you feel the most comfortable.
5. Get group therapy. People recovering from bulimia can get a lot out of group therapy. Within group therapy you’ll receive education, find support and acceptance, and be able to confront your behavior. Cognitive behavior therapy is especially effective for people trying to recover from an eating disorder.
6. Get psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a very effective treatment because the root cause of bulimia is often psychological. Talking one-on-one with a therapist about the emotions and issues that have led you to your bulimic behaviors can greatly help you in the recovery process. You’ll be able to face and cope with all the emotions you’ve previously tried to suppress and hide from behind your eating disorder.
7. Find a long-term treatment facility. Recovering under the guidance of a professional, long-term treatment facility can greatly enhance your chances for success. You’ll be exposed to all the resources you’ll need to recover from bulimia: group therapy, nutritional counseling, psychotherapy and one-on-one support.
Suffering from bulimia is an isolating experience, but you no longer have to suffer alone. By seeking help and support you’ll increase your chances of a successful recovery.