lauren's story link imageWhat Bulimia Nervosa Is

Bulimia nervosa is a complicated behavioral disorder. Therefore, it requires comprehensive bulimia treatment. However, what is bulimia nervosa? Mental health professionals characterize bulimia nervosa with the following criteria:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors)
  • Use of inappropriate, compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting and/or obsessive exercise
  • The binge eating and compensatory behaviors occur at least once a week for three months
  • Self-evaluation is inappropriately influenced by the person’s weight and shape

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What We Treat

Magnolia Creek offers comprehensive treatment for bulimia nervosa. We also provide support for co-occurring exercise addiction as well as laxative, diuretic, or enema abuse. As part of our treatment program, we also address any psychiatric dual diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders. Our staff also treats any co-occurring medical issues, such as hypertension, edema, esophagitis, dehydration, and gastroparesis.

Our Program Philosophy

The bulimia treatment program at Magnolia Creek is comprehensive, focusing on the strengths of our clients. We also strive to incorporate elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy into our treatment offerings. While we customize treatment plans for each client, in general, they include (up to) three individual sessions a week and approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, as well as weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director.

Goals for Therapy

Our goals for clients in our bulimia nervosa treatment program include the following:

  • A woman stares at her food during her bulimia treatment or bulimia nervosa treatmentEliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food-related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical Modalities

Magnolia Creek utilizes a variety of modalities for bulimia treatment, including dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, experiential and symbolic experiential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy, and reality therapy.

Recommended Reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

Find Bulimia Treatment at Magnolia Creek

For more information about Magnolia Creek’s bulimia treatment program, give us a call at 866-318-2329.