this is the self-starvation syndrome involving body dysmorphia and intense fear of weight gain, in which the sufferer typically loses 20% or more of their original body weight, leading to muscle wasting. Sufferers usually have low self-esteem and intense feelings of shame and guilt, but are in strong denial about having a problem.
this is characterised by secret ‘binge’ episodes involving eating large amounts of very high-calorie foods, often followed by ‘purging’, either by vomiting, swallowing of laxative or diuretics, or obsessive exercise to rid the body of the calories consumed. Sufferers have the same low self-esteem as anorexics, but are usually more aware that they have a problem.
The pattern of seeking relief from negative feelings is typical of any addiction – e.g. to drugs or alcohol. People often don’t know or deny to themselves that they have a problem. Sufferers can recover using the same model of addiction as any other type of addict – although, instead of abstaining completely from food, they abstain from the addictive foods (foods like refined flour and sugar are known to alter mood), and eat three nutritious meals a day and nothing else.
If you know someone with a food disorder, it’s pointless getting bossy or frustrated with them and trying to get them to eat more, or less. They’re in an addictive process and they’re powerless over their behaviour. If you try to stop that behaviour, the person’s underlying negative feelings will escalate until they’re unbearable, and they’ll be forced to react. So the sufferer has to be shown that there’s another way to deal with those terrifying feelings, at the same time as quitting the addictive cycle.
It’s important to say that food disorders are potentially very damaging to physical and mental health, and can be fatal. Anorexia nervosa can result in sudden death, by the malnutrition accompanying the disease. Anorexia also causes amenorrhoea, low blood pressure, decreased heart size, dry skin, hair loss and cold intolerance (leading to increase in body hair). The self-induced vomiting of bulimics can lead to swelling of salivary glands, erosion of tooth enamel, electrolyte and mineral deficiencies, oesophagus tearing and irregular heart rhythm, while laxative abuse can cause long-lasting damage to bowel function.
Most food disorder sufferers begin with strict dieting, exercising, or overeating, and the condition escalates from there. Spotting the potential problem in the early stages can prevent years of misery and ill-health.
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My son attended two rehab facilities before going to Ibiza Calm. I had done a wealth of research prior to selecting the first facility and knew that I wanted a program that would tailor to his psychological issues as much as to his addiction and a program that was not designed around the 12 Steps or shaming and breaking down the person in treatment. Both the first and the second facility my son attended asserted emphatically that their programs fit these criteria, but in neither case was this true. Ibiza Calm, however, was exactly what it professed to be. They worked with my son as a vital ally in his recovery process, not as a person to be broken and fixed according to a set regimen, who would be blamed and shamed if he did not respond appropriately to the facility's treatment protocol and schedule. The therapist assigned to my son struck the right balance between allowing him to move at a pace at which he was comfortable and pushing him to keep a challenging pace of self-discovery and recovery. My son has come out of this treatment calm and self-aware; whereas he finished the other programs angry and even traumatized. My son has only been 6 weeks out of Ibiza Calm, so the long-term success in remaining sober remains to be seen, but the change in his attitude and behavior is so profound that I have great hope for the future for the first time in years. My only caveats to a glowing review of Ibiza Calm is that they waited until what felt to me like last minute to fully address aftercare, which was stressful for me and made logistics more complicated. My son is an unusual case, as he is not European, so the post-Ibiza living situation had complications in arranging, as we were not sure my son would be in the UK to avail of their after-care program. That being said, I think Ibiza Calm would have kept supporting us to figure out the right aftercare even post my son's discharge. The one family therapy session in their after-care program was very helpful. I recommend Ibiza Calm without reservation, rather with overwhelming gratitude.
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I am writing a review on behalf of a friend who prefers to remain anonymous and wishes to express his thanks and gratitude to the staff at Ibiza Calm. He had previously stayed at two rehab centres in the UK, and found the experience at Ibiza Calm to be far more beneficial than either of the UK centres. He said he felt the therapists were much more experienced and caring in their approach which in turn gave him the confidence to finally fully open up about his triggers and issues. He has been sober for the longest period since he has started his road to recovery and it's all thanks to Ibiza Calm.
I'm so grateful for my month at Ibiza Calm. It's a beautiful place, and I learned how to manage my life in a positive way, with healthy food, exercise and self-awareness. I've had many life challenges since I left ( over 2 years ago), but I haven't used any of the destructive behaviours I previously relied on. I gained clarity, freedom and sanity, for which I will always be thankful.
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