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Episode 18: Salina

Season 2, Episode 5salina

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

Categories: Bulimia, Candy, Death of Loved One, Eating Disorder, Most Uplifting Episodes, Racial Alienation, Season 2, Traumatic Incident


9 Responses to “Episode 18: Salina”

  1. 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.

    Posted by snugs | December 24, 2014, 10:32 pm
    • 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.

      Posted by Kat | February 4, 2015, 9:56 pm
  2. 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.

    Posted by Ruth | February 6, 2015, 8:54 pm
  3. 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.

    Posted by Ruth | February 7, 2015, 10:12 am
  4. 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.

    Posted by Tobie | December 2, 2015, 9:03 am
  5. 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!

    Posted by A. | December 6, 2016, 2:05 am
  6. I would not be surprised if she has borderline personality disorder. Those three problems are often comorbid with BPD

    Posted by Randi Kreger | June 7, 2018, 6:34 pm
  7. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/210457430/valerie-d_-campos

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

    Posted by G | July 28, 2020, 2:13 pm

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