Eating disorders and body image play a role in the addictive cycle and must be addressed and treated to assure the best overall treatment for patients. For many patients, eating disorders began before, or in conjunction with addiction to drugs or alcohol and are inter-related.
Many addicts today are faced with more than one addiction. Caron Renaissance recognizes that an eating disorder or body image issues may coexist with an individual’s chemical dependency; interacting, reinforcing and fusing together – a process referred to as Addiction Interaction Disorder (AID). If these coexisting conditions are left undiagnosed and untreated, an individual has the high probability of relapsing.
Caron Renaissance addresses other addictions, such as eating disorders and body image issues as part of an individual’s recovery process, so not to return to maladaptive, self-destructive behaviors.
At Caron Renaissance patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive overeating attend special body image groups in addition to local 12-Step recovery groups such as Overeaters Anonymous or Food Addicts Anonymous. Patients also have access to nutritional and physical fitness counseling.
Caron Renaissance’s primary and family therapists are trained to effectively identify and address patients’ problems with eating disorders, as well as utilizing a customized clinical approach.