Eating Disorder Treatment
The journey to recovery can be difficult, especially when the need extends beyond the addiction to drugs or alcohol. Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders have struggled with drugs or alcohol abuse. In fact, 35% of individuals who have abused or were dependent on alcohol or other drugs have eating disorders – this is 11 times greater than the general population. That’s why Recovery Centers of America at Devon established a unique outpatient program for individuals who are in recovery from addiction and currently struggle with an eating disorder.
RCA at Devon also treats patient struggling with an eating disorder and do not have a substance use disorder.
RCA’s Eating Disorder program will work in tandem with your recovery from addiction and provide a personal therapeutic plan to repair your relationship with food and your body. Whether the eating disorder proceeded or followed the addiction, new coping skills and habits for food-related anxieties will be developed.
Our eating disorders treatment program combines individualized and group therapy interventions derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Our licensed therapist and registered dietitian use their expertise in eating disorders to provide specialized treatment that supports both the eating disorder and addiction recovery process that includes:
- Meal support to reinforce healthy eating behaviors
- RCA’s registered dietitian will create a meal plan for you following a nutritional assessment.
- Individualized nutrition plans and education
- Relapse prevention
- Therapeutic Support
- Group and one-on-one therapeutic support around meals will help you by addressing specific fear foods, psychology, and how to develop a healthy relationship with food.
- Psychoeducational Seminars
- Psychoeducational seminars will help you focus on body image, relaxation, family systems, coping skills, and help you challenge any negative thinking.
- Coping skills
- Family therapy
- Trauma-informed care
Eating Disorders Are Dangerous and Need Treatment
According to a study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 20% of those diagnosed with a serious eating disorder will die from eating disorder complications. With treatment, that number drops down to 2-3%. Recovery Centers of America can help.Recovery, whether it’s from addiction or an eating disorder, can be tough and make you feel alone. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional help that includes comprehensive medical care, therapy, and nutrition counseling.
Our eating disorder treatment includes highly individualized treatment and therapy to meet your needs in recovery, as well as meal support and psychoeducational seminars.
We know that having an eating disorder affects many aspects of your life, from the clothes you wear to the meals you make. Because of this, we provide additional support, such as grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and meal planning, to help you ease into a new routine.
The importance of support in all aspects of recovery can’t be stressed enough. As a group member, we encourage you to bring a family member, friends, or other supporters to eat dinner together and participate in group.
Eating Disorder Therapy
We realize that everyone’s needs, schedules, and obligations differ. Recovery Centers of America at Devon offers three programs: Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and General Outpatient.
Partial Hospitalization Program
5 days per week, 5 hours per day
Intensive Outpatient Program
9 hours per week (3 days, 3 hours per day) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday Nights
General Outpatient Program
1-2 hours per week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Common Types of Eating Disorders
Anorexia, also called anorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder categorized by weight loss, difficulty maintaining a suitable body weight depending on height, age and stature, and for many people, having body dysmorphia or a severely-distorted body image, according to the National Eating Disorders Associations (NEDA).
A person with anorexia usually restricts the number of calories and kinds of food they eat. However, you cannot determine a person is struggling with anorexia simply by looking at them. Rather, appropriate physical and mental assessments can decide if someone is suffering from anorexia.
Signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:
Bulimia nervosa is the cycle of bingeing and purging, usually by consuming large amounts of food and purging the body of it. This binge and purge cycle wreaks havoc on the digestive system, and eventually leads to chemical and electrolyte imbalances within the body that can impact the heart and other major organs.
It’s not uncommon for people struggling with bulimia nervosa to also have other co-occurring conditions, such as self-injury, substance abuse, impulsivity, etc. Because of these factors, seeking treatment is critical.
Signs or symptoms of bulimia nervosa include:
Binge-eating disorder (BED) is characterized by episodes of overeating without the corresponding compensatory action present with bulimia. Binge-eating episodes are characterized by loss of control when eating. People with this disorder cannot stop until they have eaten far more than others would eat in the same situation. They may eat faster than usual, even when not hungry, or eat alone because of embarrassment. Often, they will not stop until they are uncomfortably full. Episodes are often followed by shame, abhorrence, or depressive thoughts. Some people with overeating disorder are overweight, but not everyone.
Signs or symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:
- Uncomfortable eating in front of people or in public
- Low self-esteem
- Steals/hoards food in odd places
- Difficulty concentrating
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as acid reflux or stomach cramps
- Feelings of guilt, disgust or depression after overeating
Previously known as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specific (EDNOS), Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), this category was created for people who have a serious eating disorder without meeting the criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating disorder.
There are several examples of OSFED:
Dysfunctional eating behaviors related to substance abuse:
- Altering eating behaviors to offset planned caloric intake from alcohol
- Limiting food intake to increase/speed effects of substance
- Experiencing an increase or decrease in appetite related to effects from substance which leads to binge-eating behaviors
- Forgetting to eat due to preoccupation with substance use
- All criteria for anorexia are met, except that despite weight loss, the individual’s weight is within or above normal range
- Recurrent unhealthy behavior to influence weight or shape in the absence of binge-eating