Eating Disorders and Addiction Help

Eating disorders and addiction helpIt is not uncommon for people who struggle with various psychological or psychiatric disorders to also wrestle with addiction. Often these people self-medicate without knowing what they are doing. Those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder frequently find themselves struggling with co-occurring psychological, psychiatric or addiction issues. To find freedom from these life-controlling issues they will need holistic, integrated treatment customized just for them.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

The most successful treatment facilities have specially trained staff experienced in diagnosing the many complicated layers of eating disorders and addiction as well as other psychiatric issues such as the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Depression
  • Self-inflicted violence
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

These conditions can result from or lead to eating disorders and addiction. Individuals struggling with one or more mental health issues may self-medicate with alcohol, benzodiazepines, steroids, stimulants, opiates, marijuana or hallucinogens and even combine these substances in potentially deadly ways. Identifying any co-occurring disorders that may be contributing to the addiction problem is vital to eventual success in getting clean and overcoming eating disorders. Integrated treatment is much more intensive, but it brings physical and emotional healing to all aspects of a person instead of just the surface issues. Integrated treatment facilities offer a wide range of services customized for each individual patient including the following:

  • Intensive individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Comfortable resting conditions
  • Healthy activities and diversions
  • 12-step programs
  • Spiritual care
  • Medically supervised detox services
  • Empowering education
  • Preparation for life beyond addiction

Understanding the complicated links between addiction, eating disorders and other psychological disorders is what separates Dual Diagnosis treatment from traditional addiction-only therapies. If the underlying disorders are not confronted, the addiction is not likely to be fully conquered. Psychological addictions are frequently even more difficult to overcome than the worst physical addictions. There are remarkable brain similarities between all of these disorders and addiction. If left untreated the risk to your health, relationships and even your life continues to rise.

Finding the Addiction and Eating Disorder Help You Need

If you or someone you love is wrestling with a combination of an eating disorder and addiction or other psychological struggle, we can help. Our specially trained counselors are standing by to take your call 24 hours a day. We’ll help confirm your insurance coverage as well. Don’t waste any more days trapped in the prison of addiction and eating disorders. Today can be the day you make the change by making the call.