Getting help with bulimia is a personal journey to recovery. Some women choose pharmacological solutions to stop cravings. Some bulimics find counseling and psychotherapy to help them become symptom free. I tried joining bulimia support groups and found them to be very therapeutic. Overall, a long-term treatment plan that uses a combination of treatments can help in overcoming bulimia.
There is one factor that needs to be addressed whatever route you choose: your environment.
Are you getting the requisite bulimia support you need for recovery from your surroundings? People and things around you can be triggering and may knowingly or unknowingly sabotage your recovery.
So consider making alterations in your environment and create the kind of atmosphere that best supports your recovery.
- Let people know about what you’re going through and how you are trying to overcome it. I encourage starting with those who you know love and support you. Though talking about it may be something that makes you uncomfortable, you may actually be surprised at the kind of help with bulimia and the support you may be able get from others.
- If there are people around you that cause you to feel bad about yourself or act as triggers for harmful behavior, then remove them from your life. If you can’t completely remove them from your life don’t spend as much time with them and try not to let them influence your thoughts and behavior. Instead try and spend more time with people who are positive and able to assist in your recovery.
- Are there other triggers that prompt you to binge? If so identify them and eliminate them from your life. If it is summer (read swimsuit season), or certain projects at school or work, or the holidays that seem to trigger behavior, develop a reaction plan for contending with these triggers so that you don’t respond in the usual destructive way.
- Your personal space – your car, your bedroom, your home, your office. What can you do to create positive reminders about your recovery process? Posting notes to yourself, encouraging quotes or poems or just peaceful pictures of places you love will fill you with good feelings whenever you look at them.
- Schedule your day in way that is supportive of your recovery. Take up activities that are rewarding like a sport, a new hobby or learning a new skill (think of the fun you may have at a dance class), make time for therapy or any other components of your treatment. Remember “Me” time is also important to being good to YOU.
In short, think about how you can mold your life and your environment to get the best bulimia support that you can possibly get.
You’re worth it.