Bulimia Nervosa Program

a young woman patient sits in a chair across from her therapist in her bulimia nervosa program while therapist takes notes about the patient's progress

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that has a severe impact on health. If it is left untreated, the outcome can be fatal. The support of an eating disorder treatment program can provide the tools needed for healing, allowing you to regain control over your thoughts and actions.

Sanford Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care for eating disorder treatment. Give us a call today at 616.202.3326 to learn more about getting help with bulimia nervosa at Sanford Behavioral Health.

How Our Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Program Can Help

Sanford Behavioral Health offers a comprehensive bulimia nervosa treatment program in Marne, Michigan. We focus on creating a setting conducive to helping eating disorder patients achieve wellness.

Our program takes a holistic approach to eating disorder treatment. We work with patients to help them understand underlying causes related to the development of bulimia nervosa. Our caring professionals provide the mental and emotional support patients need to gain a healthier, more balanced relationship with food and body image.

Levels of Care

Sanford Behavioral Health provides a full continuum of care. Levels of care available through our bulimia nervosa treatment program include:

  • Residential treatment
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Outpatient supportive housing

At all levels of care, we provide compassionate support and supervision to help our patients as they progress through our programs and work to achieve long-term recovery from bulimia.

Therapies We Use to Treat Bulimia Nervosa

At Sanford Behavioral Health, you, the patient, is our main concern, so we take a holistic approach to treating your bulimia, combining traditional and experiential therapy methods, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Psychiatric support
  • Nature therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Family education and support
  • Long-term alumni support

Eating disorders often occur with other serious mental and behavioral health conditions, like substance use disorders or self-harm. Our eating disorder treatment takes place in a facility separate from our substance use and mental health treatment programs, but we offer comprehensive care for co-occurring conditions.

Understanding Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. Other common types include anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder. While all eating disorders are concerned with an unhealthy relationship with food, the various types of eating orders are differentiated by the unique behaviors that accompany them.

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is primarily characterized by self-induced vomiting after eating. Additional signs of bulimia may include:

  • Periodic overeating
  • Strict dieting
  • Excessive exercising
  • Use of diuretics or laxatives
  • Obsessive thoughts about food
  • Distorted perceptions of weight and appearance
  • Feelings of guilt or shame related to food

Bulimia nervosa has a profoundly negative impact on a person's mental and emotional health.

Physical Health Risks

The consequences of bulimia on physical health are dangerous and can be deadly. Physical health risks associated with bulimia include:

  • Heart issues
  • Damage to esophagus
  • Pancreatitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Mouth issues and tooth decay
  • Digestive issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Issues with blood pressure and body temperature
  • Issues with hair, skin, and nails
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration

Bulimia can be fatal for several reasons. The condition can lead to ketoacidosis, cardiac arrest, a burst esophagus, and severe dehydration. If you or someone you know is struggling with bulimia, you should immediately seek out the support of a bulimia nervosa treatment program.

Start on the Road to Recovery from Bulimia Nervosa at Sanford Behavioral Health

Failing to receive treatment for bulimia nervosa can be a death sentence. The physical harm that can come from this condition can lead to premature death and serious health issues, not to mention the profound negative impact on quality of life.

Healing from bulimia is possible, but it's a journey that takes professional support and effective therapies.

To learn more about our bulimia nervosa treatment program in Marne, Michigan, contact us at 616.202.3326 and ask about the services offered at Sanford Behavioral Health.


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