What Eating Disorders and Addiction Take Away From You

What Eating Disorders and Addiction Take Away From YouEating disorders may have extreme consequences to a person’s health. Anorexia nervosa causes the body to go into starvation mode, so organs and muscle tissue may be used as energy sources. The heart may need to work harder, increasing blood pressure and raising the risk of heart failure. Osteoporosis may be more likely to develop later in life due to irregular hormone levels and a lack of proper nutrition.

The constant stress to the stomach from bulimia nervosa may cause peptic ulcers, increasing the likelihood of developing life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding. Repeated vomiting increases the chance of a ruptured esophagus, which may be fatal without treatment.

When drug addiction complicates an eating disorder, the health consequences are multiplied. When the body is malnourished it is less able to process drugs, increasing the damage of long-term substance abuse and addiction.

How Eating Disorders and Addiction Damage Relationships

Eating disorders may develop from unhealthy family relationships, and keep them from improving. Criticism from family members and the absence of emotional support may lead people to draw their emotions inward and have low self-esteem. If this leads to an eating disorder or addiction, it can prevent healthy communication with loved ones. Unhealthy eating habits may lead to extreme malnourishment, and cause obsession over food. These controlling thoughts consume people who will have no energy left to attempt healthy communication, increasing the emotional distance between family members and making the problem worse. If a drug addiction develops, it often leads to isolation, and drug use may cause emotional numbing.

Eating disorders and addiction also get in the way of romantic relationships. When you are not happy with yourself, you may have trouble being happy in a relationship, or becoming emotionally close to others. The secrecy usually involved in eating disorders and addiction will decrease honest communication, and if behavior begins to change significantly, a romantic partner may be pushed away.

How to Treat Eating Disorders and Addiction

A life without addiction or eating disorders is possible. Medically supervised detox can help you quit abusing drugs, and counseling can help uncover and treat underlying issues that cause these problems. Counseling can help patients learn the psychological and physical motivations for hunger and eating while they learn how they developed disordered eating. Dual Diagnosis treatment centers can address problematic behaviors related to eating and substance abuse, and they can diagnose any underlying mental health issues that may be leading to unhealthy behavior.

Treatment for Eating Disorders and Addiction

If you suffer from an eating disorder or drug addiction, treatment can help. Counseling and medical care can help you break free from the hold these conditions have on you, and you can learn healthy behaviors and regain your self-esteem. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now to speak to one of our counselors about your treatment options.