Treating an Eating Disorder/Substance Abuse Dual Diagnosis
When an eating disorder or substance abuse problem reaches the crisis stage, hospitalization in the former case and detox is the latter may be required. Serious physical complications can result from either type of illness and those situations will always take first priority.
Once the patient’s condition has stabilized, he or she will be enrolled in an integrated treatment program specially designed for those with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a mental health disorder. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses and addiction treatment counselors may all be asked to contribute to the development of the healing plan, depending on the unique circumstances of the patient’s situation.
Each person’s program for recovery from co-occurring disorders will include diverse services like individual psychotherapy, peer group meetings, family therapy, lifestyle improvement courses and various health-promoting activities patients can continue to practice after their stints in rehab are finished. Nutritional counseling is often added to treatment program involving an eating disorder, since it is vital that men and women in recovery adopt substantially different dietary habits to support their healing process.
Because self-esteem issues lie at the root of addiction and eating disorders, much of the counseling patients receive will place great emphasis on rebuilding their sense of empowerment and self-respect.