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How can I find a treatment center?
Treatment is not a linear progression. Patients often have ups and downs, but starting is the most important thing. As one patient explained, "When returning to a treatment center after time away, you're not starting over each time."

Health insurance plans may dictate which centers a patient may access. If a patient has a choice, s/he along with family/friends may want to consider other factors—such as convenience of location, treatment philosophy (e.g., how they involve family or friends in the patient's recovery), qualifications and experience of the treatment team, staff/patient ratio, types of treatments offered, levels of care offered (inpatient/outpatient) and whether the center assists with health insurance issues. A searchable database of nearly 140 U.S. facilities offering treatment for bulimia nervosa and the characteristics of those facilities is available here. Centers are available in every state except Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in binge eating (eating a lot of food in a short time) followed by some type of behavior to prevent weight gain from the food that was eaten. This behavior can take two forms: self-induced vomiting, misuse of enemas, laxatives, diet pills (called purging) and excessive exercise, fasting, or diabetic omission of insulin (called non-purging). Some people with bulimia nervosa may also starve themselves for periods of time before binge eating again. Bulimia nervosa has important mental, emotional, and physical aspects that require consideration during treatment.

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