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Christina returns to The Doctors a year after she came to us seeking help with her cocaine addiction and bulimia.
She received treatment for her eating disorder for 6 months at an inpatient facility, but she is still struggling and has bravely come forward to say she needs assistance. Christina and her sister Claire join ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and Christina reveals that life outside of rehab had been hard and her body image battles continue to plague her. She feels as though she doesn’t know herself and her new body.
“I still feel like an ugly person and disgusting,” she says, revealing that she has become more restrictive with her diet, begun working out to lose weight and has also started purging after she eats.
Dr. Stork notes that relapse is common for many people, telling her, “It doesn’t make you a failure to admit that you are still struggling… that actually takes strength.”
Christina, who also reveals she continues to struggle with the temptation to use drugs in order avoid eating, does not want her struggles to rule her life – but will she return to an inpatient treatment center to continue the important work of healing and accept the help being offered to her by Mackenzie Phillips from the Breathe Life Healing Centers and dog trainer Brandon McMillan? See more of her brave journey below.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association at 1-800-931-2237 and for help with addiction, please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.