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Eating disorders are life-threatening mental illnesses that tend to get worse over time without medical intervention. Since eating disorders have a high mortality rate, prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential.

One of the most common eating disorders is bulimia nervosa, or bulimia. Individuals with bulimia often have their self-esteem tied to their body image and may periodically lose control and eat large quantities of food. This disorder can have a hugely negative impact on the body which is why finding help through bulimia treatment centers is so important.

At Sovereign Health, our bulimia nervosa treatment program is comprehensive and thorough. Not only do we screen for the symptoms associated with bulimia, but also for signs of substance addiction and other mental illnesses that may be unknowingly contributing to the patient’s overall health. Our clinical experts leave no stone unturned when diagnosing and treating each patient.

What is bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a cycle of binging, or eating large quantities of food over a short period of time, and compensatory behavior designed to purge the food from the body, such as vomiting or laxatives.

People who have bulimia — much like people who have anorexia — often attempt to hide signs of their illness from other people. A person with bulimia may frequently visit the bathroom after meals, or hide food wrappers and packaging following binging behaviors. People with bulimia may also compulsively exercise in an attempt to negate the calories they consume.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Symptoms

Symptoms associated with bulimia include:

  • Feeling out of control when eating
  • Swelling in the cheeks and jaw
  • Stained teeth
  • Elaborate food rituals
  • Calluses on the knuckles and back of the hand
  • Social isolation
  • Excessive exercise regardless of weather, illness or injury

Underlying disorders

Many people who struggle with bulimia also experience co-occurring conditions, or illnesses that occur in tandem with the eating disorder.

Disorders that are commonly co-diagnosed in people with bulimia include:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
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Mental and physical costs of eating disorders

Bulimia, like many other mental disorders, can impact every aspect of a person’s life, both mentally and physically. The health consequences associated with untreated bulimia can harm patients for the rest of their lives.

Long-term effects of untreated bulimia include:

  • Irregular heart rate
  • Heart failure
  • Tooth decay
  • Constipation
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Gastric rupture
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Bulimia treatment at Sovereign Health

At Sovereign Health’s bulimia rehab centers, we provide care for both adult and adolescent women.

In our San Clemente facility, we offer residential treatment options for adult women entering recovery for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

In our Rancho San Diego location, we offer residential treatment options for adolescent girls (aged 12 to 17) who are battling anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

In both facilities, our clinicians provide patients with second-to-none treatment for eating disorders. Our treatments for bulimia include offer both cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, two treatments that have been scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms associated with eating disorders. We also provide nutritional education, yoga classes, body image therapy, stress therapy, empowerment skills, art therapy and equine therapy as additional treatment options for bulimia. Both treatment centers are located in sunny California where patients can regularly enjoy group outings.

Many of our patients have also been diagnosed with substance addiction. Our highly trained clinicians treat all co-occurring conditions concurrently — a technique known as dual diagnosis — to increase the odds of a full recovery. Prior to admissions, patients receive a thorough physical and mental examination to make sure that our clinicians recognize — and treat — all of the patients’ conditions.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

At Sovereign Health’s bulimia treatment program, patients receive comprehensive, evidence-based treatment in a luxurious environment. We will do whatever we can to help you or your loved one make a full recovery.

Here at Sovereign Health, we also understand that co-occurring conditions may exacerbate eating disorders. Prior to treatment, all patients receive a thorough assessment that can include psychiatric evaluations and neurofeedback to identify — and ultimately treat — any underlying medical conditions that may make the eating disorder more difficult to treat. Our highly trained, compassionate staff closely monitors each patient’s progress and provides the most thorough treatment possible. For more information about our Eating Disorder Program or to speak to a member of our team, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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