Eating disorders have skyrocketed during the pandemic, as have mental health disorders in general.
Eating disorders frequently co-occur with drug and alcohol addictions — and can be just as deadly. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that eating disorders have the highest mortality of any psychiatric illness, and, nationwide, 35 percent of people with substance abuse problems also have eating disorders. Further, 50 percent of people with eating disorders also have substance use disorder (SUD) issues according to NEDA.
To treat individuals with both SUD and an eating disorder AND those who have an eating disorder as a primary diagnosis without SUD, Recovery Centers of America, a neighborhood-based addiction and mental health treatment provider delivering individualized, evidence-based care, is offering a full spectrum of outpatient treatment. Since the program is specially tailored for both those with a primary eating disorder diagnosis and those men and women with an eating disorder who are also recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, therapy provides wrap around services that are individualized to the patient. The program, now in its third year and located at RCA’s Devon, PA facility, has seen an increase in patients during the pandemic for these outpatient services.