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Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and substance abuse often go hand in hand, as a form of co-occurring disorders that amplify one another and make it difficult for the treatment-seeking individual to get the assistance they need for one issue without simultaneously seeking assistance for another one. Patients who are seeking treatment for bulimia nervosa who have found that there is a close relationship between their experiences with bulimia and alcohol use should make sure to consider how the treatment plan will need to be crafted to address both of these unique challenges.

Bulimia and alcohol is not the only close link that can exist when it comes to eating disorders and addiction, however. Anorexia and alcohol is another set of co-occurring diagnoses that many adolescent individuals present with, because the use of alcohol becomes a mechanism for coping with stress, and because the anorexia nervosa is an inherent mechanism for stress, anorexia and alcohol abuse often occur together.


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Coping With Two Disorders at Once

Treatment seekers who are exhibiting an eating disorder or related symptoms and also believe that they may be struggling with a substance abuse problem are urged to seek assistance from Clementine, where patients will find the highest level of medical and psychiatric care outside of a hospital, including treatment for:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge-Eating Disorder

Clementine provides a comfortable, homelike setting for patients who are seeking treatment for anorexia and alcohol or bulimia and alcohol addiction as well as a variety of other co-occurring combinations between eating disorders and substance abuse such as alcoholism and binge-eating or anorexia and drug addiction.

Treatment-seeking individuals who are struggling with two very different, but co-occurring challenges like these ones will find that you cannot fully overcome one without overcoming the other at the same time, and that is why it is imperative that you seek out a treatment facility offering the solutions that will best fit your needs. Offering comprehensive academic and family support with extensively validated and demonstrably superior treatment solutions, there is no better option than a Clementine program.

“When you are recovered you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.” – The Eating Disorder Sourcebook

Residential Treatment Centered on the Person

Treatment-seeking individuals who are struggling with their relationship with both anorexia and alcohol can find solutions to the challenges that they are facing in a relaxing, home-like setting like Clementine. Alcohol and eating disorders often go hand in hand, unfortunately, they can exacerbate the issues that someone exhibiting the symptoms of an eating disorder is facing until neither challenge can be overcome entirely without assistance.

Individuals seeking treatment assistance who have a history with alcohol and bulimia recovery will need to discuss their history with alcohol in order to be able to fully recover from their bulimia nervosa symptoms, as the alcohol abuse is likely exacerbating the disordered eating issues, which is why bulimia and alcohol addiction so often go hand in hand.

Substance abuse problems and eating disorders often go hand in hand, but unfortunately, the substances are only exacerbating the eating disorders and preventing the treatment from being sought and achieved. When seeking assistance for issues with alcohol and eating disorders or seeking treatment for a relationship between eating disorders and substance abuse, it is vitally important to be truthful about the substances, and the relationship with them and their impact on the disordered eating in order to be able to recover fully from both challenges.

By simultaneously treating both the eating disorders and addiction, people seeking treatment for both can face both challenges head on and experience complete recovery in both areas of their lives, thanks to the compassionate and quality care of Clementine’s treatment programs.


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