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Find Help for Someone with Bulimia


Finding help for someone with bulimia can seem like a daunting task.

You may not know where to start or who to talk to, but there are plenty of resources available which can provide you with the information you need. Become familiar with both national and local organizations that may be useful for your loved one or yourself during the process of recovery.

National Eating Disorder Association

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) provides a free, confidential helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can call and chat with a volunteer who can offer support and guidance Monday through Friday. NEDA also maintains a database of treatment options and support groups that may be helpful. Additionally, NEDA's toolkits for parents, educators and coaches help inform outsiders about dealing with a child or student who has bulimia, anorexia or another eating disorder. The organization also has a Parent, Family & Friends Network (PFN) that helps support the loved ones of a person with an eating disorder. More information can be found on the NEDA website.

Talk to a healthcare provider

The fastest way to find reliable resources for a friend with bulimia is to contact your friend's healthcare provider. Hospitals, doctors offices and health clinics will be able to give you the contact information for local eating disorder treatment centers, support groups or private counselors.

Eating Disorders Anonymous

If your friend is resistant to seek professional care, you can refer her or him to Eating Disorders Anonymous. This organization holds meetings all over the country which are 12-step in style and provide an anonymous, pressure-free place for an individual to find support and encouragement. Visit the organization's website to find meetings in your area as well as other helpful resources.

Local counselors

An Internet search that includes the name of your city or town and the words "bulimia counselor" or "eating disorder counselor" should bring up the names of local therapists in your area. Call a few of these professionals to inquire about their experience treating eating disorders, their rates and their approaches to treatment.

Sources: NEDA, Mayo Clinic