Eating Disorders and Addiction Recovery
Are you or someone you love struggling with an Eating Disorder and/or Addictions? Are you searching for someone who is truly an expert in this area of mental health who has the knowledge and expertise in treating these individuals and who can provide treatment in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner? I am an expert in the treatment of Eating Disorders and Addictions. I have been treating adolescents, adults, men and women with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, ARFID, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Abuse as well as other addictions for over 20 years. With my background as a psychotherapist and dietitian combined with my years of experience comes a comprehensive understanding of the intricate medical, emotional, and psychological concerns in Eating Disorders and Addictions. I will use this understanding along with my interactive approach to help you move forward in your recovery and have the best possible outcome for success. Recovery is possible. Allow me to support, guide and assist you in your journey and make your recovery a reality by calling me today.
It has been my experience over the last 20 years in treating individuals with eating disorders that clients rarely fall into a clear cut category of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder. Most individuals who suffer from eating disorders will engage in behaviors that fall from one end of the eating disorder spectrum to the other, or somewhere in between. So it's important when treating an eating disorder that the focus is not just on the symptoms. When I work with my eating disorder clients, I assist them in discovering their triggers that prompt their behaviors and help them learn alternative coping skills. We explore and address experiences and beliefs that promotes the eating disorder power over them so they can take back their power. We work on building self esteem, self worth and self care. We work on normalizing your relationship with food and developing a healthier body image. We will also address any co-occurring issues. Many individuals with eating disorders have co-occurring problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety issues, obsessive compulsive disorders and/or substance abuse that need to be treated at the same time. There is a high cross over between eating disorders and addictions. Research shows that 72% of alcoholic women under 30 years old have eating disorders (Health Magazine, Jan/Feb 2002). In addition, people with eating disorders often abuse prescription and recreational drugs, sometimes to numb themselves emotionally, to escape misery and depression, and sometimes in the service of weight loss. (ANRED). During our work together, these issues will be addressed as part of the overall recovery process. The goal in treatment is recovery!
Please note, since I am a psychotherapist and a dietitian, some individuals with an eating disorder find it beneficial to utilize my expertise in both areas so that they can address all their issues and concerns in recovery with one person. For other individuals, I provide my services as the psychotherapist or the dietitian as part of a treatment team. If you are uncertain of what would work best for you or your love one, please contact me so that we can explore your options.
In treating addictions, recovery involves more than just being abstinent from your "substance of choice." Having an addiction affects every aspect of your life. It affects your relationships - the one you have with yourself as well as with others. It affects your ability to function in your job or in school. It affects your physical health and it affects your psychological well being. Succeeding in recovery means not just being abstinent but also finding the reasons that prompted you to begin using in the first place and working through these issues. It also means developing alternative coping skills; rebuilding healthier relationships; and learning healthier life management skills. In addition, it means addressing co-occurring concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, trauma, eating disorders and/or other mental health issues. Data show that persons diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are about twice as likely to suffer also from a drug use disorder (abuse or dependence) compared with respondents in general (National Institute on Drug Abuse). It has been my experience in working with individuals with addictions that it's important to address all these areas of concerns in a gradual process over time to have the best possible outcome in their recovery.
Role of Family and Friends
In treating individuals recovering from Eating Disorders and Addictions, it's important to incorporate family and/or friends into the treatment process whenever possible. Most of my clients will have individual therapy sessions and sessions with their loved ones. These Family/Friends sessions provide a time for the family/friends to receive education, guidance and support. It also provides an opportunity for the client and family to address their relationship issues.