Bulimia Nervosa

It can be difficult to convince sufferers of bulimia that they need help. We’re often contacted by family members seeking treatment for a loved one, rather than people with bulimia, and that’s why fast, intensive treatment is so important. Staying at Asana Lodge allows you to skip NHS waiting lists and self-refer, offering a better chance of success.

Treatment For Bulimia

One of the advantages of choosing Asana Lodge is that you get a personalised treatment plan. We understand that no two clients are the same, which is why we want to find what works best for them. Our staff all have experience working with people with eating disorders, as well as the associated mental health issues and addictions that can accompany bulimia.

Those who suffer from bulimia are often trapped in a binge-purge cycle, suffering from negative thoughts and low self-esteem that gets worse if left untreated. Our treatment options include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also known as CBT, which can be an excellent way of learning to overcome negative thoughts, allowing the sufferer to break free of bulimia.

Our bulimia nervosa treatment plans often include a combination of individual, group and family therapy, helping clients to identify the causes of their eating disorder, what triggers their bingeing and purging, and how they can overcome this compulsion. In addition to therapy, many people with bulimia may need specific help in developing healthier eating habits. Our on-site chef will arrange for suitable meals, and there’s help such as supported meals available if you need it. You may also want to attend body image workshops and undergo specific food exposure therapy to help with specific issues.

Spotting The Signs Of Bulimia Nervosa

Sufferers of bulimia are often very secretive, sometimes going to great lengths to conceal their cycle of binge eating and purging.

Some of the signs and symptoms of bulimia are listed below, although this isn’t an exhaustive list:

  • Eating excessive amounts of food then purging by vomiting or taking laxatives
  • Being obsessed with food and calories
  • An obsession with exercise
  • Going to the toilet after meals
  • Strong feelings of guilt after bingeing
  • Weight and body changes – some sufferers lose weight
  • Constantly weighing themselves
  • Depression, anxiety and poor mental health
  • Anger or personality changes

There’s a misconception that only those who are underweight have an eating disorder. While purging can sometimes cause weight loss, some sufferers of bulimia don’t change body shape, but internal damage can still be done. Those with bulimia don’t necessarily vomit or use laxatives either, some use compensatory behaviours such as excessive exercise to make up for binges, which can be more difficult to notice.

Effects Of Bulimia

The cycle of binge eating and purging can put a large strain on the body, which is why it’s important to seek bulimia nervosa treatment as soon as possible. Physically, bulimia can cause gastric problems, ulcers, tooth decay from vomiting, infertility and even damage to organs. In extreme cases, it can kill. It also causes a terrible toll on mental health, distorting the sufferer’s body image which can cause depression, anxiety, panic attacks and deep feelings of shame. That’s why people with bulimia have a higher risk of suicide, and why getting them into treatment is so
important.

Treatment At Asana Lodge

There are many reasons why Asana Lodge is such a great place to undergo bulimia nervosa treatment. Our location in Towcester, Northamptonshire is close to the countryside, offering a peaceful, discreet place to recover. We’ve worked hard to create a luxurious yet homely environment, so it doesn’t have the cold, clinical feel of a hospital. There are private rooms, but people are closely monitored to help prevent a relapse.

While you stay at Asana Lodge, we take care of your physical and mental health. You can enjoy fitness sessions, yoga and other holistic activities, which can help you learn to look after your body. You can choose a support group to attend with other residents, which will allow you to feel supported on your journey, and there are lots of workshops and other helpful activities to try.

Sufferers of bulimia often have a dual diagnosis, which means they also suffer from an addiction or mental health condition. Our team are well versed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which allows them to diagnose additional conditions and find suitable treatments, whether it’s different types of therapy, detoxes, or prescription medication.

Aftercare For Eating Disorders

While eating disorders such as bulimia are treatable and can be overcome, it can often take a long time to get into good habits and learn to manage the urge to binge and purge. That’s why we offer a programme of aftercare, which will often include ongoing therapy or local groups, so you don’t have to feel alone. The first few months after leaving treatment are often when the risk of a relapse is at its highest, so attending aftercare is the best way to ensure success in the long term.

To find out more about Asana Lodge and the eating disorder treatment programmes we offer, simply call us today on 01908 489 421 or e-mail enquiries@asanalodge.co.uk for advice and support.