Preparing to avoid or overcome relapse is an important part of an effective bulimia nervosa treatment program. Bulimia treatment at Timberline Knolls provides women with the skills and support they need to ensure that short-term setbacks don’t become long-term problems.
Bulimia Relapse & Recovery
Relapse prevention and recovery for bulimia
The moment you start contemplating seeking treatment for bulimia, you are beginning a lifelong journey to sustained recovery. From there, you’ll take another critical step – entering treatment. During this time, you’ll experience meaningful growth in your struggle with bulimia as you face your challenges and celebrate your successes. After successfully completing a bulimia treatment program, you’ll enter a step-down level of care as you begin to feel stronger, having built a solid foundation for recovery.
Throughout all of these important parts of your treatment experience, remember that long after you leave Timberline Knolls, or any other treatment program, you will need to continue on the path of recovery every day. Recovery isn’t something to be achieved, but rather, something to maintain throughout the course of your entire life. You will need to continue to work towards your goals for recovery in the future, and while sometimes relapse is a part of that journey, it doesn’t have to signal the end of your progress.
Why People Struggle with Bulimia Relapse
Learn what puts people at risk for bulimia relapse
At Timberline Knolls, our treatment approach is based on the belief that past trauma is often at the root of a girl’s or woman’s struggle with bulimia. So, during your time in treatment at our center, you’ll be encouraged to process the issues and triggers that are likely impacting your ability to live a healthy life. Trauma can take many forms, including being the victim of abuse or neglect, surviving assault or unexpected loss, exposure to tragedy, and many more damaging experiences. While these circumstances can leave a lasting impact, with the right support, you can write a new chapter in your life, one that ensures that you’re no longer defined by these events or symptoms of bulimia.
Part of this experience involves taking an honest appraisal of your life and identifying the people, places, or things that might put you at an increased risk for relapse. From there, your counselor will assist you in coming up with a plan for avoiding these triggers altogether, or for navigating them if you must.
How to Prevent Bulimia Relapse
Discover how you can prevent bulimia relapse
If you’re worried about how relapse might impact your commitment to your recovery, know that relapse is a risk for every person who is struggling with bulimia and that it’s a common part of the recovery experience.
Each girl and woman who battles bulimia has a unique set of circumstances that might put her at an increased risk for relapse. By having a plan in place before you’re exposed to such triggers, you’ll be more likely to avoid a relapse that could damage your health and your resolve. During and after treatment, you’ll have to take stock of your relationships, your job, and your hobbies, and consider how each of these things could either support or undermine your goals for healthy living. You may have to make some difficult choices and important changes so that you can continue to prioritize your health and well-being.
No matter how much hard work you put into preventing a relapse, the unfortunate truth is that there is nothing you can do to fully absolve yourself from the risk of experiencing one. Even girls and women with the most dedicated commitment to their recovery can experience relapse, but the important thing to remember is that it need not mean the end of your recovery journey.
If a relapse happens to you, how you respond to it will shape its impact on your future. We recommend using a relapse as a learning tool in the recovery process. Take some time to pause and consider the factors that contributed to it, think about what you could have done differently, and give yourself patience and compassion during this time. It’s important to note that just because you experience a relapse, you are by no means a weak person who is uncommitted to her recovery from bulimia. Each time you experience relapse, you will have the opportunity to gain greater insight into your recovery journey and recommit to your goals for living a recovered life.
At Timberline Knolls, our goal is to prepare each girl and woman who heals with us to achieve lifelong recovery from bulimia, and we acknowledge that sometimes relapse is a part of this process. Therefore, we make relapse prevention a key component of our treatment planning process, and we spend considerable time supporting you in developing a diverse menu of coping skills. The more healthy tools you have at your disposal, the greater the chances that when faced with a trigger, you’ll be able to successfully avoid a relapse and maintain your commitment to recovery from bulimia.