Many individuals struggle with both chemical dependency and disordered eating
- Up to 35% of individuals who abuse or were dependent on alcohol or other drugs have also had eating disorders, a rate 11 times greater than the general population. – National Eating Disorders Association
- Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population – National Eating Disorders Association
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. – Texas Eating Disorder Association
Due to the comorbidity and critical medical complications, Santé Center for Healing addresses these disorders simultaneously, treating the addiction, the eating disorder, and how they interact with each other. This requires clients experience individually crafted and comprehensive treatment plans. Our psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, dietitian, certified eating disorder specialist, and primary therapists help clients understand the true dangers of co-occurring disorders and unresolved trauma. For people who struggle with eating disorders, this can be especially critical as it is imperative to get to the core issues.
During the admissions process, our masters-level Intake clinicians assess prospective clients for eating disorder-related behaviors and motivations. Those who call recognize behaviors (i.e. restricting, purging, use of laxative, overexercising, etc.) have increased recently. Most have experienced a drastic change in weight and a lower level of care has been unsuccessful. The ability to function in relationships, work, and/or school has been negatively impacted.
Intuitive eating and balance are the focus and the long-term goal of our nutritional program. Nutritional topics are linked to therapeutic and experiential programming; all of this is simultaneously implemented alongside individualized and group treatment for the chemical dependency and the co-occurring mental health disorder.