Does My Eating Disorder Cause My Addiction?

Research has shown that eating disorders such anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and compulsive eating commonly coexist with other mental health disorders. Some of are accompanied by anxiety disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and depression. The coalition of both an eating disorder and addiction, for example, create a more intense problem. Eating disorders and addiction go hand-in-hand, which makes it hard to give up one without the other. Therefore, rehabilitation settings must be geared for treating both the disorder and the addiction at the same time.

In order for recovery to be successful with an eating disorder and an addiction, a thorough and individualized treatment plan needs to be put together by a recovery team. Persons with an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, will not only need psychotherapy, but detailed medical attention and the expertise of a nutritionist.

The brain is seriously affected by an eating disorder, just like it is with drug addiction and alcoholism. In the case of anorexia, the brain chemistry changes and the message the person receives is that he or she is overweight. Conversely, alcoholism and drug creates denial that a problem exists in the first place.

Eating disorders are very complex to treat because of the overlap with other disorders, and because the body needs food to survive. If eating disorders are not treated, serious physical damage and even death can be the result. Eating disorders have been seen as a way for the brain to protect itself from trauma. The former and the latter hold true for substance addiction.

If you have an eating disorder your body and mind are most likely disconnected. Studies have shown Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to be effective in the treatment of eating disorders because of it’s focus to control impulsivity and reconnect you with yourself. DBT therapy includes skills such as, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

Another treatment method for eating disorders is psychodrama. Psychodrama is often done in a group setting. It promotes the integration of the emotional, behavioral and cognitive aspects of the disorder. When roles are played out for a variety of these aspects, the person has the opportunity to notice a pattern of repetition they’ve spun. Psychodrama helps them gain a different perspective which is instrumental for change.

With each new insight into my addictions, I heal a little bit more.

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