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Bulimia Treatment Centers

Get inside info on bulimia treatment centers, bulimia treatment facilities. Who needs a bulimia treatment center? Services offered, costs, what to expect.

Many bulimics are able to recover from bulimia without going to a bulimia treatment center. However, if the disease is severe or if there are multiple illnesses being dealt with, a bulimia treatment center may be needed for the best possible chance at recovery.

Services Provided by Bulimia Treatment Centers

Bulimia treatment centers vary in the services they offer but typically provide multi-disciplinary care for the treatment of bulimia including:1

  • Inpatient or outpatient care
  • Nursing and clinical structure
  • Detoxification programs
  • Education on eating disorders
  • Psychological care (including different types of therapy)
  • Psychiatric care
  • Dispensing of medication

The level of care needed by each individual is generally assessed at the bulimia treatment facility based on the progression of the disease, previous therapies, medical conditions and other lifestyle factors.

Inpatient Treatment: What to Expect?

Inpatient or residential bulimia treatment centers are typically freestanding buildings or part of a hospital dedicated to the treatment of eating and other associated disorders. The patient resides at the facility full-time. These bulimia treatment facilities offer 24-hour medical care which both disallows eating disorder behavior, like bingeing and purging, and treats eating disorders through a variety of means. These centers also provide programs to detoxify from drug or laxative addiction. A patient in a bulimia treatment center can expect a highly individualized level of care, intense therapy, consistent reassessment and creation of future treatment plans.

Outpatient Bulimia Treatment

Bulimia treatment centers that offer outpatient or partial hospitalization programs may operate out of eating disorder treatment facilities, hospitals or mental health facilities. Treatment is typically provided in a therapist's office and many bulimia treatment facilities have common rooms for classes and activities.

The most basic form of treatment offered in an outpatient bulimia treatment center tends to be one of any number of therapies which the patient might take part in once or twice a week. This type of treatment is used when bulimia is in its early stages and the patient can still control the bingeing and purging on their own. Somewhat more involved are day programs, where a patient still resides at home but spends most of their days in the bulimia treatment facility. Day programs include therapy, eating disorders group therapy, education and activities.

Last Updated: 14 May 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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