Dual diagnosis treatment involves the treatment of co-occurring disorders simultaneously. The reason it needs to be simultaneous treatment is because of the connection between the eating disorder and substance abuse. Failure to treat co-occurring disorders at the same time often fails because the untreated condition will interfere with the treatment process.
Remember, they are co-occurring disorders because one is causing the other. Many times, the eating disorder leads to addiction because people abuse substances as a coping mechanism. It’s also possible for an addiction to initiate an eating disorder in response to guilt over their addiction. Either way, both disorders need treatment at the same time so the client has a pathway to a full recovery from their addiction.
The Addiction Treatment Detox Process When an Eating Disorder Exists
At our detox facility, we offer medical detox programs. We do this to make sure clients can get through withdrawal with as little pain and discomfort as possible. Our medical staff manages these programs by monitoring a client’s detox progress and intervening with relief medications when necessary.
As a dedicated detox facility, we don’t get heavily involved in the therapeutic side of the treatment equation. We specialize in helping clients deal with their withdrawal symptoms before heading into therapy. With that said, the way we design a detox program would definitely be affected by the existence of an eating disorder. We have to be careful about how we proceed because the client’s physical condition might not be optimum.
Withdrawal Symptoms and the Importance of Professional Detox
When someone’s body becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, their body needs the substance of choice for normal function. If the drug user denies their body the drugs/alcohol it needs, the body will revolt by way of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms will almost always occur with the cessation of using the substance in question.
The problem with withdrawal symptoms is they can be very dangerous. They can cause all kinds of physical and mental health issues, especially if the user’s addiction is severe. As a point of reference, here’s a list of withdrawal symptoms we associate with alcoholism:
- Profuse sweating
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and disorientation
- Hallucinations and delirium tremens
- High blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty with concentration and body motor control
Those who are working to recover from addiction should seek professional help. This will enable them to move toward recovery in a much safer and effective way. Here at Coastal Detox, we offer detoxification services that can assist individuals who are experiencing withdrawal. Through out services, clients can find the peace and guidance they need as they navigate this new chapter in their lives.
Detox Programs for People With Eating Disorders
When the individual has an eating disorder, one can assume the person’s body is not functioning as it should. Here at Coastal Detox, we are careful about the drugs we might prescribe for pain or sleeping issues. We consider the fact that our client’s body might not metabolize medical detox prescription drugs as we might expect.
Another thing we focus on when designing a detox program for someone with an eating disorder is their nutrition. Under normal circumstances, we put some focus on nutrition because it helps the body cope with withdrawal. When an eating disorder exists, the nutrition part of the detox program moves to the forefront. We need to pump the client’s body full of vitamins and minerals to jumpstart the recovery process.
Our team will likely know and understand that a client in this position is headed for dual diagnosis treatment. It’s our job to help get them physically and mentally prepared for the therapy portion of treatment. We can move towards that goal by starting to deal with the client’s eating issues during their detox treatment.
More About Detox at Our Facility
The focus on nutrition will include making sure the client is getting the nutrients they need to start restoring their body to normal. We also want to help educate them about sources of good nutrition so that they understand that we understand their dire situation. If appropriate, we might even start a little bit of light counseling, but we typically leave the heavy lifting for licensed therapists.
Once we successfully get a client past their withdrawal, we can help them find a rehab center that can treat eating disorders and addiction. If you are suffering from co-occurring disorders, including an eating disorder, you need to get help. We are here to help you get through the detox process as safely as possible. While under our care, we can take steps to start helping you prepare for dual-diagnosis therapy.
If you need more information about our services, please contact one of our staff members as soon as possible. At the end of the day, we want you to start feeling better about your life. So please allow us to assist you in sailing through recovery!