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How to Recognize Bulimia

  • Bulimia is typically characterized by a recurring cycle of binging and purging, occurring on average at least once a week for a duration of three months.
  • Binges are defined as consuming a larger amount of food than what most people would eat during a similar timeframe and circumstances. These episodes are also marked by a lack of control over one’s eating.
  • Purging is considered any recurrent inappropriate behaviors that are used to attempt to control weight gain from the binge episode, and can include fasting, self-induced vomiting, obsessive exercise, and the use of laxatives and diuretics. An individual with bulimia’s self-evaluation can be unduly influenced by body, weight, shape, and size.
  • This disorder typically presents during later adolescence/early adulthood, and just as with anorexia, can affect individuals of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientation, and cannot be defined by simply looking at a person.
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How We Help Adults and Adolescents with Bulimia

It is important to know that full recovery from bulimia is possible. Find the bulimia help you or your loved one needs with our specialized programs and supportive community. We serve adults and adolescents (ages 12-17) suffering from bulimia with an Intensive Eating Disorder Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) built with flexibility in mind. We seek to provide you with access to care in a way that works for your life. Our local, intensive eating disorder outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs for the treatment of bulimia exist as a step up from weekly outpatient treatment and help our clients avoid higher levels of care.

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Bulimia Treatment Program Components

The Inner Haven Wellness bulimia treatment program is focused on skill building, utilizing modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Individuals in our bulimia treatment program will work to build the following capabilities:

  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Values Identification
  • Goal Setting
  • Commitment Action
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Cognitive Defusion

During your time in our bulimia treatment program, clients will also receive the following:

  • Structured meals with support/supervision.
  • Experiential and mindful movement groups weekly.
  • Individual sessions with a licensed therapist specialized in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Individual sessions with a dietitian specialized in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Individual sessions with a psychiatrist specialized in the treatment of eating disorders (PHP only).
  • Medical oversight including regular nursing touch points (PHP only).

Insurances Accepted

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Common Ground
Dean Health Plan
Mercy Care
Network Health
Tricare East
Trilogy for eating disorder treatment
WPS for eating disorder treatment
Quartz for eating disorder treatment
Evernorth for eating disorder treatment
Optum for eating disorder treatment
Group Health Cooperative
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You Deserve to Find Healing

At Inner Haven’s bulimia treatment center in Madison, WI, our multidisciplinary leadership team of compassionate experts collectively brings decades of experience working with individuals and families suffering from bulimia and co-occurring disorders. Our team is from Wisconsin and we are passionate about serving our local community.

We believe that all of us have an inner haven inside. A place we can go to access the tools for wellness. Sometimes we just need help finding it. That’s what Inner Haven Wellness does. We give you the guidance and the space you need to grow and heal from bulimia.

FAQs About Our Bulimia Treatment Centers in Madison and Neenah, WI

There is not one treatment modality that has been shown to be superior in the treatment of bulimia. Several different modalities have risen to prominence over the years and most treatment centers use one or a combination of the following: ERP (Exposure and Response Prevent), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The pillars of treatment for bulimia are founded on therapeutic work, nutritional work, and medical and psychiatric support as needed. Treatment delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprised of therapists, dietitians, and physicians is most effective at addressing all the components of bulimia.

The first goals of treatment for bulimia are for the team to establish rapport and trust with the client and to interrupt eating disorder behaviors as much as possible. These goals in turn help the client exit the behavior cycle and begin the healing journey.

Length of treatment depends on the severity of the disorder, the level of care needed to treat it, and how the client responds to treatment. It can vary from a few weeks of intensive outpatient care to a more extended process, including medical stabilization, step-down to residential treatment, and then several months of outpatient treatment. As with many illnesses, the earlier bulimia is recognized and treated, the fewer the complications, and the shorter the likely treatment course.

At Inner Haven Wellness, we provide intensive outpatient programming delivered by an expert compassionate multidisciplinary team. Our approach, tailored to meet each individual's unique needs, is rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with a strong focus on skill development and consistent practice

The treatment of bulimia is complex and requires management of a number of psychiatric and medical complications and co-morbidities, such as depression, anxiety, gastroparesis, and osteoporosis. Treatment of each complication or co-morbidity according to the latest evidence-based medical literature is key in providing these clients the best possible care and outcome.

There isn’t a preferred psychological treatment for bulimia. Treatment is tailored to the unique needs of each client and draws from multiple therapeutic modalities. At Inner Haven Wellness, we have found the most success for our clients in drawing from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).

If you are concerned about a loved one, contact Inner Haven Wellness at 608.292.6874 for a confidential consultation. We also accept professional referrals and work closely with medical providers to ensure seamless care. If you’re a therapist or other medical provider and would like to refer a client, please take a look at our Q&A for therapists section.

Absolutely. We believe involving loved ones in treatment can be vital for recovery. We offer family therapy and support groups to foster a supportive environment. Our treatment teams will work with each client on how best to incorporate their family and/or support system into their treatment.

We are committed to making treatment accessible. Many patients utilize their insurance to cover the cost of treatment while others prefer to pay privately. We provide a free benefits verification of your coverage. Please reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you gain access to care.

At Inner Haven, we adhere to all HIPPA privacy laws, ensuring that all client information is confidential. In addition, we have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval is a prestigious accreditation awarded to healthcare facilities that have demonstrated a high level of quality and safety in patient care. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that sets rigorous standards for healthcare organizations in the United States. When a healthcare facility earns the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, it signifies that the facility has undergone a comprehensive independent evaluation and has met or exceeded the rigorous standards set by the Joint Commission. Your trust is paramount to us.

We provide family therapy and involve each patient’s support system in the treatment to help loved ones understand eating disorders and become active participants in recovery.

Yes, at Inner Haven Wellness, we offer treatment for adults of all genders. Our approach is inclusive and tailored to meet individual needs.