Dual Recovery: Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders and Alcohol Use Disorder
What Is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Co-occurring eating disorders and alcohol use disorder are often called “dual diagnosis” or “comorbid” conditions. This means that an individual is struggling with both disorders simultaneously. Getting help at treatment centers for eating disorders and alcohol use disorder can help individuals heal.1
Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders
When eating disorders and alcohol use disorder coexist, they can manifest in a range of symptoms that intertwine. Seeking help from professionals specializing in dual diagnosis can provide individuals with comprehensive support to overcome eating disorders and alcohol use disorder.
Intensified Substance Use
Persistent Emotional Distress
Disrupted Sleep Patterns
Changes in Appetite or Eating Habits
Co-existing mental health and substance use disorders can lead to fluctuations in appetite, overeating, or loss of interest in food.
Physical Health Issues
Individuals may experience a decline in physical health due to the impact of substance use and untreated mental health conditions.
Neglect of Responsibilities
Inability to Cope with Stress
Suicidal Thoughts or Self-Harm
Common Co-Occurring Disorders
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety disorder often coexist with substance use disorder. Mood disorders, like depression and dysthymia, are commonly observed in individuals struggling with substance misuse.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by distorted thinking, hallucinations, and delusions. Individuals with schizophrenia may turn to substances as a means of self-medication to cope with the distressing symptoms of their condition.
Bipolar disorder involves alternating periods of mania and depression. When combined with SUD, individuals may experience extreme mood swings, making stabilizing emotions and maintaining sobriety challenging.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major depression is a prevalent mental disorder often seen alongside substance use disorder. The dual diagnosis of these conditions can create a cycle of despair, where each condition intensifies the symptoms of the other.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Individuals with PTSD may use substances to cope with the distressing memories and emotions associated with traumatic experiences. This self-medicating behavior can lead to a dual diagnosis situation.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is characterized by difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can be a risk factor for developing SUD, especially when left untreated or undiagnosed. Individuals may use substances as a means to self-regulate and manage ADHD symptoms.
Exploring the Link Between Eating Disorders and Alcohol Use Disorder
- Guilt related to disordered eating behavior
Chronic Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorders
Factors Contributing to the Occurrence of Co-Occurring Disorders
- Trauma-related disorders
- Exposure to substance use disorder in the family or social circle
How Alcohol Can Be Used as a Coping Mechanism for Individuals with Eating Disorders
The Temporary Relief vs. Long-Term Consequences
The Importance of Dual Recovery Treatment
Benefits of Dual Recovery Treatment
Reduced Risk of Relapse
Strong Support System
Tailored Treatment Plans
Therapeutic Approaches Commonly Used for Co-Occurring Disorders
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT helps individuals identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with mental health and substance use disorders. By challenging distorted beliefs, individuals can develop healthier coping strategies and reduce their reliance on substances as a means of escape.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation. It teaches various skills to help individuals manage emotions and improve relationships like:
- Distress tolerance
- Emotion regulation
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Resolve doubts
- Commit to making positive changes
Group therapy offers a supportive environment where individuals can:
- Share their experiences
- learn from one another
- Build a sense of camaraderie
Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders at Choice House
At Choice House, our comprehensive dual diagnosis program offers a wide range of therapeutic modalities and approaches to cater to the unique needs of each individual. Some treatment options we offer at Choice House include the following:
Individual and Group Therapy
Somatic therapy is a holistic approach that recognizes the mind-body connection to address trauma and emotional issues stored in the body.
Experiential and Psychodrama Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a specialized therapy to address past trauma and its impact on mental health and addiction.
Intervention Through Art
Immersing in Nature for Recovery at Choice House
The Healing Power of Nature at Choice House
Outdoor Adventure Therapy at Choice House
- Wilderness therapy
- Mindfulness exercises.
Choosing Choice House as Your Dual Recovery Treatment Center
Choice House Treatment Approach
Our treatment plans are built on solid, research-backed therapeutic methods, but we also embrace holistic practices that consider the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. We use mindfulness techniques, experiential therapies, and activities to encourage growth and self-discovery.
Begin Your Recovery Journey Today
Take the first step toward recovery and lasting sobriety. Contact Choice House to learn more about our effective treatment centers for eating disorders and alcohol use disorder today.