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Laxative addiction can be form of bulimia nervosa. Most bulimics vomit or exercise excessively to get rid of calories... But, some abuse laxatives to clear out the food.
If you take laxatives after eating in order to prevent weight gain - You are probably suffering from Laxative Bulimia.
My first experience with laxative abuse occurred when I was 11 years old. I wanted to have a feast, but I didn't want to gain any weight...
My friend and I ate candy, marshmallows and popcorn like there was no tomorrow. After our feast, we took 2 laxative pills each.
I remember waking up in the night to my friend crying. She thought she was going to die. Her tummy was running like crazy and she had terrible cramping.
It took an hour before the laxatives hit me... But my reaction was quite different...
I liked the experience... Afterwards I felt clean and empty.
I took laxatives on and off until the age of 20. By this stage I was vomiting, abusing laxatives and obsessively exercising to avoid gaining weight. I was living in the hell of bulimia.
After a decade, I was ready for my laxative addiction and bulimia recovery. I felt close to death and knew it was now or never...
When I first began recovering from bulimia, I found it difficult to digest anything. After eating, my tummy would ache for hours and I'd have wind that would put any guy to shame!
It took a while for my digestive system to return to normal... But, now I can eat what any other normal person eats. Thank goodness!
I understand it's hard to stop doing anything cold turkey. Especially something laxative addiction.
If you do take the odd laxative pill during recovery, don't be too harsh on yourself. As long as you continually work on cutting them down.
You could even substitute laxative pills for a more natural choice like senna tea. Be CAREFUL not to drink it too often... If you overdose on it, you'll blow your bowels out! Sorry for the crude description - but consider yourself warned!
I believe that you have what it takes to recover from bulimia and laxative addiction. If I recovered, you can too. Just remember, life is beautiful beyond the walls of bulimia :)
I wish you the best of luck and all the happiness in the world.
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community