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Eating disorder dual diagnosis treatment center

Eating disorder dual diagnosis treatment center

Eating disorders frequently co-occur with drug and alcohol abuse. Either condition can be devastating on its own; when they occur together, the combination can seem insurmountable. 

Even though your dual condition can feel hopeless, it’s not. With the right help and resources, you can overcome your eating disorder and your substance abuse disorder. Our addiction recovery program will equip you with healthy coping tools and a compassionate support network to manage your dual diagnosis safely.

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With research-backed therapies tailored to your unique needs, our dual diagnosis treatment program can help relieve symptoms, improve coping abilities, and restore quality of life. 

What are the benefits of an integrated dual diagnosis approach?

Dual diagnosis is the presence of two or more co-existing mental health conditions such as an eating disorder and addiction. If a person is struggling with two co-occurring disorders, the best way to approach and treat them is through integrated dual-diagnosis care. 

Here are some key benefits of an integrated dual diagnosis treatment approach to treat eating disorders and co-occurring addiction:

  1. Coordinated care between eating disorder and addiction specialists allows for expertise from both fields to guide treatment.
  2. Our combined approach identifies how eating disorders and addiction interact, which allows us to address this interplay more effectively than isolated treatment.
  3. Dual diagnosis treats underlying issues like trauma or mood disorders that commonly fuel both eating disorders and addiction.
  4. It allows for customized treatment plans tailored to the patient’s unique eating disorder and addiction symptoms.
  5. Ardu’s co-occurring disorders treatment teaches healthy coping skills to manage addiction and disordered eating.
  6. It closely monitors both conditions for relapse warning signs and swiftly adjusts treatment plans.

Ardu’s staff includes eating disorder specialists, compassionate therapists, and dual diagnosis case coordinators who collaborate closely to support your recovery journey. These issues are intensely personal at their core. We will be a caring companion through vulnerable healing work to empower your growth and resilience one step at a time.

Contact Ardu and get the personalized treatment you need to embark on your recovery journey. 

What to expect from Ardu’s dual diagnosis treatment program

Co-occurring disorders can feel like a lonely, uphill battle. At Ardu, you can expect integrated dual diagnosis support to help you prevail. Our evidence-based therapies aim for whole-health healing by addressing the interconnectedness of addiction and disordered eating.

The first step is to assess your dual diagnosis. We begin care with comprehensive evaluations of addiction severity and eating disorder symptoms from top specialists in both fields. They work with you to identify unique triggers, thought patterns, and goals so that they can develop a customized treatment plan catering to your needs through every phase of recovery. 

Another important first step is to determine if detox is needed. Detox safely cleanses substances from your body under 24/7 medical supervision, easing withdrawal. Once assessments and detox are complete, your integrated treatment plan launches into action. 

You’ll have access to individual and group psychotherapy sessions using modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing. These help foster self-awareness, develop healthy coping mechanisms, understand the interconnectedness of your disorders, and build motivation for change.

If needed, our psychiatrists may prescribe medications to stabilize mood and anxiety and supplement the psychotherapy process. Our registered dietitians also provide nutrition optimization guidance catered to your physical and mental health needs.

We provide a comfortable, homelike environment to make you feel safe as you work through challenges big and small. Yoga, art therapy, music therapy, outdoor recreation, and other forms of holistic treatments give outlets to de-stress. 

We continually monitor your progress in managing substance use urges and disordered eating patterns, making adjustments as needed to stabilize symptoms. Every customized treatment step promotes a better understanding of your co-occurring disorders and creates a clearer path to recovery.

Therapies we offer at Ardu

At our addiction treatment facility, we believe in a multifaceted approach to healing. That’s why we customize treatment plans with diverse therapies for sustainable success in recovery. 

Some of the therapies we offer include:

Family counseling

Addiction and eating disorders often critically impact family systems. Our family therapy program helps repair damaged relationships, educates loved ones on compassionately supporting recovery, and fosters open communication to facilitate healing for everyone involved. 

Specialized psychology

Individual and group counseling sessions incorporate leading therapies for treating addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues concurrently. For example, motivational enhancement, CBT, and DBT help clients manage cravings, regulate emotions, improve body image, and overcome self-harm impulses stemming from or exacerbating co-occurring disorders.

Medication management

Psychiatrists prescribe medications to alleviate withdrawal, prevent relapse, stabilize mood swings, regulate sleep and appetite, and reduce agitation and depression, alongside therapy. 

Experiential therapy

Through experiential modalities, clients express themselves in empowering ways, process trauma, reduce anxiety and depression, and build self-awareness around the root causes fueling co-occurring addiction and eating disorders. We employ art, music, yoga, and recreational activities to help them develop healthy coping skills for ongoing relapse prevention.

Relapse prevention planning

In recovery, lapses are an expected part of the journey. It’s not easy to change deep-rooted behaviors overnight. Ardu Recovery Center teaches that brief setbacks don’t erase all progress or make someone a failure after working hard in treatment. Our relapse prevention planning involves identifying personal triggers, learning coping strategies, and creating crisis intervention plans to get back on track.

Aftercare program

We know recovering from co-occurring disorders requires ongoing support even after intensive treatment. Our attentive aftercare team designs a transition plan suited to your needs, arranging outpatient counseling, peer support communities, and sober housing to create a smooth transition back into the real world. 

Ardu is proud to be a source of motivation, treatment, and resources for maintaining holistic wellness and a fulfilling life long after you return home.

Contact Ardu Recovery Center

The professionals at Ardu have experience dealing with even the most extreme cases of drug addiction. Our drug addiction program offers a full suite of inpatient and outpatient services . We understand the challenges that people face in overcoming addiction, and we provide comprehensive support to make the recovery process as comfortable as possible.

In addition to drug addiction treatment, we also offer treatment for alcohol use disorders, as well as alcohol detox

To enroll in an Ardu program, contact us online or via phone (801-872-8480). We will work with you to find a recovery path that works for you during detox and beyond. 

If you want to verify your insurance coverage and gather more payment information, see our insurance verification page.

Eating disorders dual diagnosis FAQ

What is the most common dual diagnosis?

The most common co-occurring mental health condition paired with an eating disorder diagnosis is a mood disorder such as major depressive disorder or one of the many types of anxiety disorders. Data illustrates over 50% of those struggling with disordered eating patterns and a distorted relationship with food and body image also fulfill diagnostic criteria for additional comorbid psychiatric issues such as:

  • Major depressive disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Mood disorders frequently emerge before the eating illness, but research recognizes the bidirectional influence each disorder has in potentially triggering and amplifying the other. The most common causes for this are the interconnected biological pathways and unhealthy attempts at managing negative emotions. 

What disorders are often comorbid with eating disorders?

Aside from mood disorders, other psychiatric illnesses often comorbid with eating disorders involve substance use, self-harm behaviors, and cluster B personality disorders like borderline personality (BPD). The harsh physical and emotional impacts of an eating disorder tend to predispose sufferers to multiple complex mental health issues over time if the co-occurring eating disorder persists untreated.

What is the dual pathway model of disordered eating?

The dual pathway model proposes two central risk trajectories: 

  1. Through developing body image dissatisfaction and subsequently engaging in unhealthy dieting patterns 
  2. Through poor emotional regulation skills that prompt maladaptive coping methods like binging

Those predisposed towards either distorted body perception or difficulty constructively managing negative emotions are most vulnerable to developing disturbed eating habits in an attempt to numb distress.

Which eating disorder is the most severe?

While anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder all severely degrade health, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate. Extreme malnutrition and the compensatory purging often associated with anorexia contribute to organ failure, permanent medical damage, infertility, and up to a 20% death risk if the eating disorder persists untreated.

What is the psychosomatic theory of eating disorders?

The psychosomatic theory of eating disorders proposes that unresolved trauma and psychological stress manifest through physical symptoms, expressed in part through severely disrupted eating habits. Binging, purging, starvation and overexercise provide outlets for the inner emotional turmoil that subconsciously surfaces through these maladaptive coping mechanisms.

How does cognitive theory explain eating disorders?

Cognitive theory posits that dysfunctional thought patterns fixated on being thin, perfectionism, and fear of weight gain can initiate and fuel recurrent cycles of eating disorders. Addressing the cognitive distortions behind disordered eating through behavioral interventions is an integral element of multifaceted, evidence-based eating disorder treatment and recovery.

What is the new name for dual diagnosis?

The more currently accepted term relative to dual diagnosis is “co-occurring disorders”–the presence of multiple comorbid mental health diagnoses. This language describes when someone simultaneously meets the criteria for two or more psychiatric illnesses, such as having an eating disorder diagnosis alongside a co-occurring mood disorder.

The language emphasizes assessment and integrated treatment should originate from both eating disorder and substance abuse treatment specialists in addition to psychological and medical professionals. An evidence-backed multi-level care approach addresses both the emotional trauma, lack of control around food intake, and social anxiety tied to body image issues that commonly influence disordered eating patterns and addictive disorders. 

Is there a cure for dual diagnosis?

While rapid “cures” for complex co-occurring conditions do not yet exist, research proves meeting criteria for two or more illnesses concurrently means an integrated treatment approach addressing both has the highest efficacy. By treating interconnected emotional and biological drivers behind disordered eating and substance abuse, for example, through a mix of therapies, med management, and teaching healthy coping mechanisms, sustained remission is possible by lifting debilitating symptoms.

What should be done first for a dual diagnosis?

The initial step upon suspecting potential co-occurrence of an eating disorder with additional psychiatric issues like trauma or OCD is a thorough assessment determining factors contributing to each illness. Then, an evidence-based integrated treatment plan led by a collaborative specialty team to stabilize dangerous or impairing conditions through methods like medical care and counseling. Custom-tailored simultaneous treatment for co-occurring disorders increases the odds of long-term recovery.

Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy on March 21, 2024


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