Substance Abuse and Eating Disorder

A troubled mind seeks out peace however it can. People abuse drugs and alcohol to try to deal with their underlying mental health problems. One problem may be an unhealthy relationship with food that results in disordered eating. Co-occuring disorder treatment at Casa Palmera addresses both substance abuse and eating disorders at the same time. Many recovery programs do not even look for signs of eating disorders when treating people for substance abuse problems. The Casa Palmera model combines the best of eating disorder rehab services and a drug recovery center. Casa Palmera’s location near San Diego provides the perfect climate and setting for healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment

There are three main types of eating disorders. The most common one is binge eating, and involves consuming large quantities of food over a short time period. There are usually feelings of “being out of control” during this binge and it is not followed by a compensatory behavior such as purging. Many with this disorder suffer from depression, and are looking to “fill a void” they feel emotionally. Like other eating disorders, binge eating can cause multiple medical issues, including obesity. People suffering with Anorexia Nervosa restrict their food consumption, sometimes eating nothing at all. This results in unhealthy, excessive weight loss that can be very hard on the body. Bulimia Nervosa involves binge eating followed by “purging”, commonly either through vomiting or the use of laxatives. If someone has an eating disorder but fails to fit into any of the above categories, they are labeled as having an eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED-NOS).

Co-Occurring Addictions that Accompany Eating Disorders

Far too often, substance abuse and eating disorders go hand-in-hand. Both substance abuse problems and eating disorders may be the result of struggling with some underlying emotional issues, like trauma or poor self-esteem. For many, genetics play a role in their illness. Alcohol is one commonly misused substance in conjunction with eating disorders. At Casa Palmera, we can provide holistic drug and alcohol treatment, while addressing any eating disorder symptoms.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options for Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

The Casa Palmera eating disorder treatment center is a residential program that focuses on the whole person; mind, body and soul. Casa Palmera is not just a treatment center; it is a recovery treatment center. San Diego, with its natural beauty, is a beautiful setting for treating the whole person.

All individuals at our facility are given a full medical examination, in addition to a complete psychiatric, therapeutic and dietary evaluation of their recovery needs. With a dual diagnosis, treatment plans also include substance abuse treatment and therapy. We find ways to address past traumas, including abuse, which may cause depression and anxiety. Some people, in trying to maintain control of their lives, rigidly control their food intake. For some, even that is not enough, and they turn to drugs and alcohol.

Abuse treatment center protocols vary. We believe physical wellness plays a large part in treating eating disorders. Patients are the most successful when guided through the process of realistic body imaging, recognizing triggers that reignite the behavior, and learning about healthful eating, they can heal. We also help them identify the reasons for their addictions and help them learn how positive actions bring about positive results. At Casa Palmera behavioral health facility near San Diego, we guide clients throughout the entire dual diagnosis treatment process, helping to undo unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving, ultimately paving the way to recovery.