McCallum Place is a nationally acclaimed eating disorder treatment center that has helped change the lives of individuals who struggle with bulimia. Proudly serving St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, McCallum Place is the premier provider of eating disorder treatment for people of all genders age 10 and older.
About Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by two main behaviors. These include binging on large amounts of food in a discrete period of time, often including high fat or high calorie foods, and then purging in an attempt to compensate for binge eating. While some incorrectly assume that this purging can only include self-induced vomiting. These purging behaviors of bulimia include laxative abuse, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise and use of diuretics or enemas.
Most individuals suffering from bulimia are preoccupied with their weight and body shape. They generally have a negative self-image and will judge themselves harshly over perceived flaws. During bingeing episodes, individuals will typically feel a loss of self-control followed by intense, overwhelming guilt and shame leading to the application of purging behaviors.
Specialized Bulimia Treatment at McCallum Place
McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers are eating disorder treatment centers specializing in treating bulimia, offering residential, partial hospital, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs as well as transitional living programs. In these programs, individuals who suffer from bulimia nervosa will meet with an eating disorder specialist to receive individualized treatment designed for their specific needs.
The primary goals at McCallum Place for bulimia are stabilization of symptoms, weight restoration and beginning to build the foundation for a strong recovery. In all we do, we strive to help individuals build the confidence and skills necessary to let go of their patterns of binge eating, purging and compulsive exercise. Our protocols are designed to help patients restore weight to within 90% of ideal body weight and to minimize relapse with binge eating, vomiting and compulsive exercise.
Patients practice weight maintenance and flexible eating prior to discharge. When possible, a gradual step down is recommended to ease the transition back to independent living. We give individuals the power to manage the fears associated with new meal expectations and changes in body size. Our goal is to change the way each individual uses food and body image to express underlying emotional needs and concerns, directly and effectively.
Goals of Bulimia Nervosa Therapy
Because bulimia is not really just about food or eating, but more about an individual’s attempt to deal with emotional issues including low self-esteem or negative body image, the goals of bulimia nervosa therapy include both treating and eliminating unhealthy behaviors as well as addressing emotional issues and negative thoughts in an attempt to help individuals overcome their eating disorders. If you are beginning a bulimia nervosa therapy program, the main phases you can expect include:
- Breaking the binge and purge cycle and eliminating negative behaviors: This is the first step in bulimia treatment. It includes returning to normal eating patterns by monitoring eating habits, avoiding situations that trigger binges, learning coping methods, eating regular meals to reduce cravings for binges, and resisting the urge to purge.
- Changing unhealthy thought patterns: After learning to reduce or eliminate bingeing and purging cycles, an individual receiving bulimia nervosa therapy should receive therapy that focuses on identifying and changing dysfunctional beliefs about weight, dieting, and body shape. This also includes acknowledging positive attributes about one’s self and accepting that self-worth and self-image should not be based on weight or physical appearance.
- Solving emotional issues: This is the final goal during bulimia nervosa treatment, which includes determining the emotional issues that led to the development of an individual’s eating disorder in the first place. During this stage, the therapy for bulimia may focus on addressing relationship issues, treating underlying anxiety and depression, improving low self-esteem, and managing feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Finally, an important concept for individuals to accept and understand throughout the bulimia nervosa therapy process is that treatment for bulimia is far more likely to be successful for individuals who are able to stop dieting. If you are able to stop restricting calories and follow strict dietary rules, you can learn to break the binge and purge cycle and reduce cravings. By eating a healthy and balanced diet, without strict and impossible rules, any individual can reach a healthy and attractive weight.
Bulimia Nervosa Therapy Options
Individuals can overcome bulimia with proper treatment and therapy. There are a number of methods commonly used during bulimia nervosa therapy including individual psychotherapy or group therapy techniques. In order to determine the bulimia nervosa therapy program that is right for you or a loved one, contact McCallum Place.
Types of treatment used in the bulimia nervosa therapy programs at McCallum Place in St. Louis and Kansas City include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A type of bulimia nervosa therapy, which draws a connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and focuses on replacing negative beliefs and behaviors with positive, healthy ones.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A variation on CBT and an effective therapy that helps individuals to manage negative emotions in an attempt to eliminate negative behaviors.
- Family-Based Therapy: A treatment method that uses an individual’s family to build a positive support system during bulimia recovery and therapy.
- Group Therapy Programs: A treatment method with other individuals also suffering from bulimia that allows individual support and encourages others while receiving support during their own treatment.
- Interpersonal Therapy
For More Information
McCallum Place provides Bulimia treatment in St. Louis and Kansas City. If you think you might be suffering from Bulimia, please don’t hesitate to contact our intake department for a free and confidential assessment. We are here to help you!