Eating disorder and chemical dependency (EDCD) is a deep-rooted mental illness that can lead to extremely dangerous behavior and the possibility of addiction. Like all other dual diagnosis disorders, EDCD must be treated simultaneously to ensure the best chance for a successful and lasting recovery. Our Eating Disorder and Chemical Dependency treatment program will attempt to uncover the root causes of this disorder in order for you to better understand how both an eating disorder and substance abuse can be present at the same time.
Specialized Rehab for Eating Disorder and Chemical Dependency (EDCD).
Our facilities have a proven track record of successful treatment of EDCD. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which patients can examine and eventually reveal some of the origins of their mental illness so they can achieve a successful recovery. When you learn what exactly is influencing you to binge, purge, or avoid food, as well as what’s triggering your need to take drugs or turn to alcohol, you can use that self-awareness to embark on a successful recovery.
EDCD: Learning to Self-Regulate Destructive Urges
Individuals who have struggled with co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and an eating disorder complain that there is nowhere for them to turn to get help with both of their recovery challenges simultaneously. Our staff are experts at doing just that — helping people to identify and work through the issues that constitute the underlying causes that connect both symptom patterns. These staff members are renowned eating disorder and substance abuse specialists who have the capacity to work within and beyond the 12-step model in order to enable patients to manage the symptoms of both disorders as well as work at resolving their core issues. These methods aim to stop patients from moving back and forth (“see-sawing”) between their substance abuse and eating disorder.
Our eating disorder and chemical dependency program focuses on trauma resolution, grief work, and self-esteem repair while providing round-the-clock staffing to support people in creating and maintaining a healthier relationship to food and eating. This work, in conjunction with a sober and responsible commitment to recovery from their substance abuse, can empower people to move forward in their lives with confidence and hope, knowing they can get off the dual diagnosis “see-saw” once and for all.
While diet and weight become the focus of eating disorders, they aren’t driving the decisions to engage in unhealthy eating habits. There are other psychological, interpersonal, and social factors that underlie these choices. From low self-esteem to traumatic childhood experiences, an eating disorder can be an unhealthy expression of a person trying to gain some control when they feel helpless. Likewise, these circumstances can lead you to rely on drugs or alcohol to self-medicate or numb your thoughts. In order to stop abusing substances and to stop hurting yourself, it can help to begin by reflecting on your experiences with someone who cares.
Our therapists will provide a safe atmosphere where patients feel comfortable communicating difficult memories, worries, and emotions. They’ll also show you how to identify the types of situations that often create anxiety and stress for you, sparking the desire to use food as an escape or control mechanism. Part of the program will include learning coping skills to replace and resist physically harmful behaviors. In addition, the addiction-treatment part of the program will concurrently help you detox, so your appetite or thirst for drugs or alcohol is medically managed in a supervised setting.