Bulimia Treatment

Bulimia Treatment Plan

The Highlands provides a highly individualized bulimia treatment plan for each client receiving treatment in one of our treatment options. Our skilled professional clinicians meticulously evaluate the medical, psychological and nutritional needs of the client in order to develop this plan. By doing this, a more effective recovery process is assured. Each client at The Highlands  is under a primary care of a team of professionally trained and certified experts. This team includes a therapist, dietitian, family therapist, nurse, psychologist, and psychiatrist. Other clinicians provide adjunctive individualized therapy based on the client’s presenting symptoms.  We have expertise in not only in eating disorders, but in a wide variety of additional specialties. This is important since many clients with eating disorders, including bulimia, have co-occurring issues that must also be treated. Each client is assured of receiving a treatment plan for bulimia that truly reflects their unique set of circumstances.

Our Individualized Bulimia Treatment Plan

Clients may receive Bulimia treatment in our beautiful residential treatment center located in the rolling hills of Birmingham, Alabama.  Our treatment center is located in a private medical park, with transitional living apartment nearby. Clients are admitted into either our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Each bulimia treatment plan has a medical, therapeutic, and nutritional component. Clients are assured of receiving compassionate, non-judgmental care throughout the treatment process. Trust is elemental to recovery. Each clinician works diligently to create the atmosphere and attitude necessary for trusting therapeutic relationships to develop. An individualized treatment plan for bulimia includes group and individual therapy sessions. Therapy approaches at The Highlands include:
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IT)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy  (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)for Trauma
  • Exposure Therapy for OCD and other anxiety disorders
  • Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia (FBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT is important for clients with the co-occurring disorders of anxiety and depression)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Primary individual Therapy, with additional special-focus treatment by other clinicians
  • Group therapy sessions for educational, therapeutic, nutritional, and skills development
  • Expressive therapies, such as creative movement and art therapy, provide outlets for emotions and stressors that are difficult to verbalize
  • Relapse prevention and aftercare planning
  • Guided transition through the continuum of care
  • Real-life skills development and daily opportunity to use these skills
Real-life skills development with experiential practice at both our therapy center, and off-site, are included in all parts of treatment. The Highlands provides high levels of real-skills practice, because we firmly believe it gives our clients a better chance for sustained recovery after discharge. We are dedicated to offering every advantage to support the successful recovery journey of each client and family. Family therapy is part of the entire treatment plan, and is provided via telephone for clients who do not live convenient to our Birmingham location. We also encourage participation in the important Family Week experiential sessions that are held every six weeks at The Highlands.

Co-occurring Issues in the Treatment Plan for Bulimia

Co-occurring disorders are simultaneously addressed as part of the bulimia treatment plan. This is important, because as eating disorder behaviors are no longer utilized to help a client cope or maintain control, co-occurring issues may escalate or appear.  This is a difficult time for clients, and we provide the compassionate support that is needed. Co-occurring issues may include:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder)
  • Social anxiety and social phobias
  • Trauma related issues
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Suicidal thoughts
Some clients at The Highlands may also be dealing with substance abuse and other addictions, such as gambling or sex. These are ways that clients may use to cope with underlying issues, and our professional clinicians integrate therapy for addiction issues into the client’s individual treatment plan for bulimia.