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Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

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When someone struggles with substance use disorder and a co-occurring condition, it is referred to as a dual diagnosis. There are a variety of disorders that can co-occur alongside addiction, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Another common dual diagnosis is an eating disorder. For those experiencing a dual diagnosis, they must seek a professional treatment facility that can treat both disorders simultaneously. Receiving treatment that only focuses on one disorder is likely to be ineffective and can lead to additional side effects.

At Evoke Wellness Ohio, our state-of-the-art facility can provide you or your loved one with a safe environment to heal and achieve lasting recovery. We offer treatment for various addictions and mental conditions, including eating disorder treatment. To learn more about eating disorder treatment in Columbus, OH, contact our staff at 866.430.9267.

Understanding Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is characterized as an unhealthy relationship with food. Many may not be aware of it, but there is a connection between substance abuse and eating disorders. A substance use disorder can commonly co-occur alongside anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. When a person struggles with substance abuse and an eating order, they can face significant mental and physical side effects that make treatment more complicated. Knowing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and eating disorders can be critical for getting someone the treatment they need.

Some of the signs of substance are:

  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Neglected hygiene
  • Dramatic changes in behavior
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • A lack of interest in past hobbies and activities
  • Lying and other secretive behavior
  • Irritability or changes in mood

Some of the signs of an eating disorder include:

  • Fainting
  • Dehydration
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Preoccupation with food, dieting, or counting calories
  • Hoarding food or hiding large quantities of food
  • Excessive exercising
  • Refusing to eat certain foods
  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others
  • Evidence of binging and purging

People with eating disorders can abuse a variety of drugs and alcohol. Because of the lack of proper nutrition, the combination of substance abuse and eating disorders leads to severe physical and mental strain on an individual. To heal and overcome both disorders safely and effectively, people require professional treatment in a safe environment.

Treatment Options for Addiction and Eating Disorders

Struggling with addiction and eating disorders is extremely taxing on your overall health and well-being. To achieve long-term recovery, individuals must go through detox and reflect on the underlying causes of their addiction and disordered eating habits. A combination of addiction treatments and therapy programs can help patients improve their mental health and learn how to implement healthy habits into a new lifestyle.

Some of the addiction treatment and therapy programs we offer patients are:

  • Drug and alcohol detox center
  • Residential treatment program
  • Intensive inpatient treatment program
  • Dual diagnosis treatment program
  • Rehab aftercare program
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family therapy program
  • Group therapy program
  • Individual therapy program

In our eating disorder treatment program, patients also meet with a counselor and dietician to form a healthier relationship with food. Individuals receive education about proper nutrition and meal planning that can help them develop healthier eating habits. Reflecting on what led to your eating disorder is also critical for healing and identifying potential triggers. Through our various therapy programs, those struggling with an eating disorder can improve their relationship with food and their mental and emotional well-being.

Learn More About Substance Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment at Evoke Wellness Ohio

If you are ready to begin your recovery journey, contact Evoke Wellness Ohio today at 866.430.9267 to get started. You can also fill out our online form and let us get back to you. Don’t wait. Learn how our substance abuse and eating disorder treatment programs can help you today.