Substance abuse and eating disorders often occur together, and that can make recovery more complicated. While there are underlying issues that can contribute to both, one can also be used to help cope with the other. It’s important to have a treatment team who understands the nuances of treating both at the same time.
Below are some examples of common goals we work on in substance use therapy…
- Assess any other mental health issues that need treatment (common ones are anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, etc.)
- Understand the biological, social, and emotional factors that influence your use of drugs or alcohol
- Recognize and better manage triggers
- Recognize and change problematic thinking patterns
- Build emotional intelligence so you can understand your emotions
- Learn healthy emotional regulation skills so emotions don’t overwhelm you or you don’t avoid them by using drugs or alcohol
- Explore your values and life goals
- Improve relationships with others through interpersonal skills such as communication skills, boundary-setting, and more
- Prevent relapse
Our team has specialized training in substance abuse and chemical dependency, so you can be sure you’re getting comprehensive treatment for that as well as your eating disorder.
Our therapists who treat co-occurring substance use and eating disorders: