Top 5 Bulimia Nervosa Treatments

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Regardless of how long you have struggled with bulimia you really do have the power to learn how to break free from the binge and purge cycle and recover forever, but there are so many different bulimia treatments it can often be difficult to know where to start.

Of course often what works for one person in recovery may not necessarily work for another...

In this article we take a look at 5 different bulimia treatments, what they involve and how they can help.

Remember even if you are just thinking about bulimia treatment you have already taken a very important first step, now it’s time to learn a little more and decide what path of treatment will be right for you.

5 top bulimia nervosa treatments

1. The BRS®

First, the Bulimia Recovery System (BRS®) here at Bulimia Help is NOT a single type of therapy or technique. Despite what others might tell you, you can’t treat bulimia with just one technique, just as you couldn’t build your dream home with just a hammer. And its not a magic quick fix pill either (sorry, these don't exist).

It’s a methodology and a series of simple steps, strategies and activities that allow you to stop bingeing, relearn normal eating and overcome bulimia for life.

The BRS® combines elements of Structured Eating, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Intuitive Eating, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Non-judgemental acceptance of thoughts and feelings, Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Training, Guided meditation and a good dose of common sense (easily the most important ingredient).

Find out more about our Bulimia Recovery System here at Bulimia Help.

2. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is the most widely used psychological treatment for bulimia. It primarily involves therapy that helps you to explore your emotions in detail so that you are able to work out new ways of thinking about situations, feelings and food. You may wish to find a CBT therapist privately or alternatively you can ask your doctor for a referral for CBT.  

(Remember a lot of our recovery program here at Bulimia Help is based around CBT)

3. Self Help & Support Groups

Attending an eating disorder support group can help you to feel less alone and ashamed. Self-help groups and support groups are usually always run by peers rather than professionals and provide a safe environment to share experiences, advice and coping strategies. Sometimes just having someone there who understands what you are going through can be really helpful during recovery.

(Remember at Bulimia Help with a community of over 8000 members you will always find extra peer support)

4. Nutritional Support

Dieticians or nutritionists can often help with the treatment of eating disorders. They can help you to create meal plans and set dietary goals which will allow you to rebalance your body. Dieticians and Nutritionists can also help to educate you about basic nutrition. 

(At Bulimia Help our recovery system really focuses on the importance of restoring adequate levels of nutrition. Remember even if you were to spend the rest of your life in therapy solving all your emotional issues, if you don’t learn how to nourish and re-balance your body you will be prone to bingeing!)

5. Residential treatment

Residential treatment either in a hospital or an eating disorder recovery facility may be required if you become very ill due to your bulimia. Bulimia is not usually treated in hospital unless you have serious health complications. Also a lot of inpatient treatment facilities will only provide support for people at dangerously low weights and we know that it is rare for someone with bulimia to be very underweight.

"Mandometer" -  the most successful eating disorder treatment facility in the world, uses an evidence-based treatment that teaches you how to eat and recognise normal hunger and satiety sensations just like the BRS® does!

Find out what to expect from bulimia rehab.

Which bulimia nervosa treatment will be right for you?

There are so many different treatment options for bulimia and the right approach for each individual depends on your specific symptoms, issues, strengths and severity.

My own recovery experience...

When I first found Bulimia Help back in 2009, I was blown away by the program. I could see that it was made up from many different elements and recovery techniques which I loved because I was also a great believer that you couldn’t just cure bulimia using one method alone.

Bulimia Help allowed me and thousands of other people just like me to completely recover from bulimia for life! We’re talking no more binge urges, self hatred or weirdness around food - not ever! It’s a long road but it’s work every second. 

The truth about bulimia recovery.

If you’re not already a member of Bulimia Help then why not check out our free bulimia treatment options now and start getting back the life you deserve!


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The information provided in this website is for information purposes only. The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer and copyright. If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, as there are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.


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