People struggling with an eating disorder often become obsessed with food, body image, and/or weight. These disorders can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately. The earlier a person receives treatment, the greater the likelihood of full recovery. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Other eating disorders include: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, rumination disorder, pica, other specified feeding or eating disorder, and unspecified feeding or eating disorder.
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
Often underdiagnosed, many individuals struggle with both chemical dependency and eating disorders. 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 that 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, often further complicated by 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 master’s level Intake clinicians assess prospective clients for eating disorder-related behaviors and motivations. For many of our clients pre-admission, their behaviors (i.e. restricting, purging, use of laxative, overexercising, etc.) have increased or escalated 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.
At Santé, 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 to increase the likelihood of long-term recovery.