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Despite many people’s misconceptions about these serious and potentially deadly mental illnesses, eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders often co-occur with other mental health disorders, potentially worsening the symptoms. Substance use disorders are one type of co-occurring disorder frequently seen in people with eating disorders.

Centric Behavioral Health provides comprehensive, expert-led eating disorder treatment. We also have other treatment centers nationwide, delivering treatment for co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders.

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Understanding Eating Disorders

When you have an eating disorder, it’s associated with disturbances in eating behaviors and the thoughts and emotions you have about food and eating. Someone with an eating disorder may appear preoccupied with their weight, shape, and food. The particular signs and symptoms of an eating disorder depend on which one someone has.

Some of the more common eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa involves food avoidance, extreme food restriction, or very small amounts of certain foods. Someone who has anorexia may weigh themselves frequently and see themselves as overweight, even if they’re underweight.

There are two types of anorexia nervosa. One is the restrictive subtype. With restrictive-type anorexia, a person will severely limit the types of foods they eat and the amount.

The binge-purge type of anorexia involves restricting the amount and type of food eaten but also involves episodes of binging and purging. Binging involves eating large amounts of food in a short window, followed by behaviors to eliminate what was consumed, such as self-induced vomiting.

Anorexia nervosa has a high fatality rate compared to other mental health disorders. There are frequent medical complications that occur when the eating disorder goes untreated, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death in people with a diagnosis of anorexia.

Bulimia Nervosa

With bulimia nervosa, an impacted person will have frequent and ongoing episodes of eating large amounts of food and feeling out of control over these behaviors. After someone binge eats, they will try to overcompensate for overeating with behaviors like excessive exercise, forced vomiting, or the use of diuretics or laxatives. Someone with bulimia might also use a combination of these behaviors.

With bulimia, the affected person can be underweight, normal weight, or overweight.

Binge-Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is one of the most common eating disorders, and it involves episodes where a person loses control of their eating. They often eat very large amounts of food in short periods, then try to purge, fast, or exercise excessively.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) symptoms include limiting the type of food eaten or the amount, but compared to anorexia, someone with this condition doesn’t have an extreme fear of weight gain or distortions in body image.

This condition is most common in middle childhood and can lead to symptoms like a loss of appetite, dramatic weight loss, or gastrointestinal issues.

People with an eating disorder typically need a professional approach to treatment. Centric Behavioral Health is an eating disorder rehab center. Our eating disorder treatment and is paired with rehab for addiction disorders. This is known as dual diagnosis treatment, leading to better long-term recovery outcomes than treating just one of the conditions on their own.

We work with most major insurance carriers.

Centric Behavioral Health facilities work with most major health insurance carriers in order to provide effective, accessible treatment options for substance abuse and mental health.

What Are the Risk Factors for Developing an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders can affect anyone, and they usually appear when someone is in their teen years or early adulthood, but symptoms can become apparent sooner or later. Eating disorders are thought to be caused by a complex set of factors that interact with one another. These include psychological, biological, genetic, and social factors.

Centric Behavioral Health is a Florida eating disorder treatment provider as part of our addiction treatment programs. Our eating disorder treatment in Florida is comprehensive and individualized to the needs of each person.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

The earlier someone receives treatment for an eating disorder, the better the outcomes. When someone has an untreated eating disorder, it puts them at high risk for medical complications and suicide.

Treatment plans might include medical care and monitoring, nutritional counseling, and a combination of individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Medications might also be part of a treatment plan.

Centric Behavioral Health provides individualized, holistic eating disorder treatment in Florida when it co-occurs with substance use disorders. We treat both conditions independently and examine how they interact and how the symptoms influence the other.

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Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders

People with an eating disorder are at a much higher risk of developing a substance use disorder than the general population. Up to 50% of people with an eating disorder also use alcohol or illegal drugs, and that rate is five times higher than what’s seen in the general population. Up to 35% of people dependent on drugs or alcohol also have an eating disorder, 11 times higher than the general population.

Some substances most often misused by a person with an eating disorder include alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. Over-the-counter substances such as laxatives and diuretics may also be used.

The reason for the overlap in the conditions can relate to brain chemistry and other shared risk factors. Eating disorders and substance addictions often have common risk factors. Along with brain chemistry, shared risk factors for both conditions include family history, low self-esteem, social pressures, depression, and anxiety. Compulsive behavior can also be a common characteristic.

There are also situations where a person with an eating disorder will use substances to self-medicate their feelings mentally or physically.

Centric Behavioral Health’s eating disorder treatment in Florida looks at the many complexities contributing to these disorders as part of our substance abuse treatment programs.

How Centric Behavioral Health Group Can Help

Dual-diagnosis treatment for co-occurring eating disorders and addictions can happen in different settings. For example, at Centric Behavioral Health, we offer different levels of care, starting with medical detox and including inpatient and outpatient rehab programs. Our clients might follow a continuum of care, gradually decreasing the intensity of their treatment as they’re ready.

If you are looking for mental health or addiction treatment services in Florida or near you, Centric Behavioral Health Can help. If you’d like to learn more about our inpatient drug rehab centers, contact us today.

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