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Season 2, Episode 5


Age: 24
Location: Texas
Addiction: Bulimia
What’s memorable: Throwing up into plastic bags, using a toothbrush. Eating until she physically can’t anymore at all-you-can-eat buffets. The relief after the intervention about not having to worry about hiding her disease anymore.

Official synopsis: For the past eleven years Salina has been suffering from severe bulimia. She also struggles with a shopping addiction and recently began battling a new urge, self-mutilation. Her family is desperate to help her break this cycle and is hoping she will take this lifeline.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Candy

All comments.

  1. snugs

    Sometimes the official synopsis says things that are never mentioned in the episode. I just watched this and don’t remember anything about a shopping addiction or self-mutilation.

    1. Kat

      I just watched this episode last night and read your comment Snugs, that’s super weird that those things were never mentioned in the episode but got included in the synopsis. I watched this episode when it first aired too, I’m really just astonished I went almost ten years never knowing those other two things about that episode.

      1. snugs

        When they put two people on one episode so much must get cut out of their stories.

  2. Ruth

    I’m just watching this episode as I’m typing this and all they’ve shown is her bulimia. Absolutely no mention of shopping addiction or self-mutilation.

  3. Ruth

    Also, the vomiting in ziploc bags which she stashed in her closet was truly disgusting. It just shows how far gone she was that it didn’t seem to strike her as odd anymore.

  4. Tobie

    I communicated with Salina after her episode aired in 2006 or so. She stayed recovered and her and her husband had a baby boy. Not sure what’s become of her since, but I hope she is happy- her episode is the one I can identify with most.

  5. A.

    As a recovered bulimic it was really hard to watch. It was like watching myself. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and haven’t purged since 2012. It’s still a struggle to accept myself sometimes but I just have to remind myself why I have to keep going. So all of you out there: please get help, because you can’t have bulimia and a life at the same time. That’s not a life.
    I hope Salina is doing well to this day, I would like to hear some updates!

  6. Randi Kreger

    I would not be surprised if she has borderline personality disorder. Those three problems are often comorbid with BPD

  7. G

    Memorial for Salina’s cousin who was killed in front of her RIP

  8. brand

    The vomiting into plastic bags is what really got me. Surely there must be a better way to hide your bulimia than throwing up into plastic bags and hiding them in a closet. I had to stop watching this episode after seeing that. It was just too much watching her bent over a ziploc bag in a garage with a dirty toothbrush shoved down her throat.