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Addiction and Bulimia

No one knows how bulimia starts. It might be due to societal pressures to fit a certain mold. Perhaps bulimia takes place because of the need to excel at a sport or to strive for perfection. Whatever the cause, one thing is sure: bulimia is deadly. When bulimia combines with drug addiction, the combination is even more dangerous. Bulimia is really about self-image—not just food. Because of this, bulimia can be difficult to overcome.[1]


Addiction and Bulimia

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Family and Genetics

Does a family member struggle with bulimia, anorexia or another eating disorder? Is obesity an issue for your family? Even the mood disorders of a sibling, parent or extended family members like aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins can indicate that you have a higher than average chance of developing an eating disorder like bulimia.

Drug and alcohol addiction has similarities to bulimia. Genetic predisposition is a significant factor in the development of substance abuse and addiction.[2] If an individual inclined to develop both disorders, it can be a disaster. You cannot “white knuckle” it or depend upon “will power” to stop by yourself at home. This choice is not a matter of will but of a medical disease that affects your brain and how it works.

The only way to see a lasting and positive change in your life is to undergo treatment at a dual diagnosis facility. This kind of facility understandsyourspecific needs of dealing with both eating disorders and drug addiction.

Addressing Stress in Drug Rehab

Stress is a common trigger for many negative things in life. The pressures of making enough money in a struggling economy can make many people go to the bars for a drink. If you have other triggers as well-like family genetics, it is more likely that a one-time drug binge or a food binge and purge incident relieves some stress.These activities may even make you feel like you have some control over your situation, even thought this often evolves into a deadly lifestyle.

Society and the Dually Diagnosed

For many young people, the pressure of TV ads, movies, and magazines to be a size 00 is too much. As a result, he or she may turn to bulimia and drug addiction. This behavior is not only an attempt to mirror these role models, but also to get rid of feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness. In the end, few ever feel that they attain a perfect figure.Instead, severe health problems and drug overdoses often result.

Treatment at The Canyon

At The Canyon, we can help you if you are dealing with the co-occurring disorders of bulimia and drug and alcohol addiction.These issues are both mental and physical. The Canyon has the resources and talent to help you achieve long-lasting abstinence from addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol abuse or bulimia, please call us today. We are ready to help you live a healthy life again.

[1] Bulimia nervosa.

[2] Is Bulimia Like Drug Addiction? Gupta, Sumati. Published on June 22, 2012.