So bulimia nervosa?

You may think me cruel for introducing you to this demon.

I am committed to a factual account of why my daughter became an addict.

I did not know whether bulimia was an important factor. I did not know whether an eating disorder was a common thread for alcoholics. Bella appeared well, the condition did not hurt me or cause me pain.

Foolishly I ignored the force of bulimia–for I know now that young women with bulimia nervosa are greater risk of substance abuse. Betraying confidences: I have her blessing. For all the pain she has sent my way, I do merit her with having a generous spirit.

We shall not turn this communication into a debate. Nor shall I delve into the world of eating disorders. I can only show how discovering this trait affected me. Show you through my eyes, tell you what happened back then. We compromised: I gave her salads, with added protein.

She was not stick thin. She did not look gaunt.

My daughter was preparing for deception and told me bulimia was no longer a problem. I believed her.

I will say she did have greedy episodes – but then don’t we all?

One last comment before leaving the topic of bulimia: in her demise she accused the abuse of food to be responsible for her wayward spending. I never believed that to be so.

We knew the culprit for expense, it came out of a bottle, not a cake wrapper.

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I am the mother of two adult daughters, both much loved and cared for. The eldest thought she could handle social drinking and party drugs, she could not. There is a journey addicts relate to - their journey. As a mother I have healed through the written word. This is my journey.

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