Treating a substance abuse addiction with a food addiction eating disorder is unlike treating other forms of addictions, since total abstinence (from food) is not an option. Discover how to overcome drug addiction while changing your relationship with food!
How Do You Overcome A Substance Abuse Addiction And A Food Addiction?
Someone solely with a drug or alcohol addiction can be approached from the point of view that they can get free from the influence of the chemicals and then get help to deal with the root of the addiction.
It’s not that simple when the issue is also related to food, since everyone needs to eat, and no one can commit to a life of abstinence from this activity.
We help our clients learn to overcome their substance abuse addiction while also treating the secondary issue of an eating disorder to improve the quality of their lives and their health for the long-term.
First Step In Addiction Treatment: Assessment
No two clients that we see at The Dunes OP are alike, and this includes people seeking help for food addiction. The first step in determining how we can best help a client is to conduct an assessment. All of our outpatient treatment programs are customized to ensure that we meet each client’s specific needs.
Customized Treatment Plans
Once the assessment is complete, we can recommend a customized treatment plan to get at the underlying issues of both the drug addiction and the eating disorder (whether the eating disorder is food addiction, bulimia or anorexia).
We understand that a client who is in treatment for multiple addictions or disorders needs individualized care. We treat every one of our clients respectfully as a person and create customized treatment plans with multiple types of therapy, based on the client’s individual needs.
Treatment For Clients With A Secondary Eating Disorder
When our clients are receiving secondary help for food addiction and bulimia, they will need time to develop trust with their therapists and may not feel comfortable admitting how much they ate, when they last purged, or that they are still purging even after seeking treatment. They may be more likely to be able to open up to fellow peers in a group therapy session, which is less intimidating. At The Dunes, our clients receive individual and group counseling sessions as part of their treatment.
For clients who are looking for treatment for anorexia, they may tell their treatment team that they are eating more than they really are, especially if they are being treated on an outpatient basis. During a group therapy session where they are interacting with other clients who have or are experiencing similar challenges, a new client may be more likely to open up and share her experiences. If she feels accepted by the group, she will find it easier to talk to her treatment team in the same open manner.
Nutritional Counseling And Professional Chef
We always include nutritional counseling as part of our treatment plan to help our clients learn how to prepare healthy meals and why nutrition is so important for long-term recovery and sobriety. We also have a professional chef who works closely with our accredited Nutritionist and Dietician to provide local and fresh meals for our clients.
Overcoming any addiction takes time and commitment, but there is a brighter future waiting for those who are willing to take the first step and admit they need help.
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