Laxative abuse is described as the repeated overuse of laxative medication, with the intention of ridding the body of food, and calories (purging). Laxatives are used after eating binges because the user is misguided in thinking this process will aid in weight loss.
Laxative abuse is a serious disorder that can cause severe health complications and even death. Laxatives do not aid in weight loss, this belief is a myth. By the time the medication reaches the large intestine, much of the food’s nutrients and calories have been absorbed by the small intestine. Therefore, the bowel movement that follows does not contain undigested or absorbed, food or fat, instead it is water, electrolytes, digested food waste, and fiber. The false sense of “weight loss” that people feel, is short-lived, as once they are rehydrated, the water is reabsorbed into their system and the user arrives at the same weight or size. If the laxative user refuses to rehydrate, they can suffer further damage to their internal organs or death. So do not hesitate, if you or someone you know struggle with laxative abuse, reach out to our laxative abuse treatment in Nashville, Tennessee today and learn how we can properly treat this addiction.
There are many physical consequences to overuse of laxatives, from mild to very severe and even fatal:
- Imbalanced electrolytes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased risk of infection or illness
- Heart irregularities
- Kidney damage
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Bowel tumors, colon cancer
- Colon infection
- Low potassium, sodium depletion
Laxative abuse is particularly dangerous as many of the above symptoms are linked. For instance, an imbalance in electrolytes can cause heart irregularities, like palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack.
It is very difficult to identify laxative abuse in others, however, there are some outward physical manifestations of symptoms:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bloody stools
- Muscle cramps
- Tremors and spasms
- Recurring bouts of constipation and/or diarrhea
- Cardiovascular irregularities
- Blurred vision
At JourneyPure’s laxative abuse treatment in Nashville, we offer both partial hospitalization programming, as well as intensive outpatient therapy, and will help you to decide what is best for you. Here are just some of the treatment modalities we offer:
- Yoga- Yoga seeks to connect one with their breathing, and their body, reconnecting, and reintroducing patients to the beauty and capabilities of their own body.
- Spirituality- Patients are encouraged to explore their own spirituality, how they interpret it, and what that means to them
- Art therapy/Experiential therapy– An individual has an opportunity to express themselves through art and creativity. This can be a meaningful outlet for one’s emotions, both positive and negative.
- Nutrition- nutrition education is an important part of relearning healthy eating and nourishment. Our certified nutritionists, coach patients on how to plan meals, and prepare foods that will help them once they have moved on from treatment.
- Boundaries- Healthy boundaries are critical for continued recovery. All of our patients play important roles in their lives, however, fulfilling those roles are secondary to looking after their own well being first.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- CBT helps to improve negative self-talk, and a preconceived idea that patients may have about themselves, regardless of how unfounded they are
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- DBT helps people to learn to regulate emotion, and tolerate distressing feelings. It teaches alternate solutions to react in situations rather than effectively responding, thus improving relationships, boundaries and managing the effects of being triggered.
- Meal Process- Clients practice mindful eating in a supportive setting and reconnect with their body cues for hunger, fullness, and satiety. Focusing on being fully present before, during, and after the meal helps group members apply skills to daily living outside of treatment.
- Experiential Nutrition- Clients and support staff leave the clinic for a restaurant outing with the group, offering resourcing and awareness at the moment as clients practice skills around the challenge of choosing a meal and eating in a less-familiar environment.
- Family Dynamics- Using the framework of Internal Family Systems to explore the self and the family, clients develop awareness of the dynamics at play within themselves and within their relationships.
- Process- Process groups offer an opportunity to work through emotions, situations, and relationship dynamics currently unfolding in clients’ lives. This group brings attention to the here-and-now and invites clients to explore being present, noticing their own physical and emotional reactions and learning healthier ways to respond to daily stressors.
- Internal Self- With a focus on the internal self, clients engage with somatic techniques to deepen awareness and develop skills in managing physical distress and anxiety.
- Recovery Maintenance- Recovery Maintenance group offers an opportunity for clients to practice skills around maintaining emotional regulation and balance in situations outside the program.
Get Help Today At JourneyPure’s Laxative Abuse Treatment In Nashville, Tennessee
There is much shame and guilt associated with laxative abuse, so it may be difficult for an individual to talk about it, or admit that they have a problem. However, if you, or someone you know, it is critical that they seek treatment like the kind we offer at our laxative abuse treatment in Nashville, Tennessee.
So if you or someone you know suffer from laxative addiction, call our laxative abuse treatment program today and learn how we can properly and effectively treat your addiction and help you in the journey of recovery.