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How Long Does It Take to Recover from Bulimia?

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Bulimia?

It is important to recognize eating disorders do not develop overnight. In fact, years of mental and emotional anguish cause sufferers to begin overeating and purging in order to gain some sense of control in their lives.

Months or Years of Recovery

Depending on several factors, it may take several months or even a few years to find recovery from bulimia. The repetitive and harmful behaviors associated with bulimia must be replaced with healthier coping mechanisms, which takes time and dedication to a new way of thinking and reacting to stressful situations.

Recognizing Triggers

Sufferers must first recognize the underlying causes and triggers of an eating disorder in order to begin the recovery process. Helping the person understand why they are binging and purging can help reduce the frequency of episodes. Mental health and past traumas go hand in hand when it comes to eating disorders.

Relapses Occur

It is important to realize relapses do occur. Many sufferers may feel shame if they relapse; however, it is important to see this situation as an opportunity to further understand the underlying and day-to-day triggers that cause the episodes in the first place.

Types of Bulimia Treatment

Here are several options of bulimia treatment & support available to aid in your recovery:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy
  • Internal Family System Therapy
  • Medication Management with a Psychiatrist
  • A treatment center that specializes in Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian
  • 12-Step Meetings

Talking to a professional about breaking the bulimia cycle is vital to the success of recovery. Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or


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