Co-Occurring Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can be devastating and even life-threatening conditions. The preoccupation with eating and exercise habits, weight, and physical appearance are not superficial or vain concerns, but symptoms of disordered thinking and maladaptive coping mechanisms in response to powerful emotions. These disorders often occur alongside or as the result of a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. The physical consequences of eating disorders can be severe, including organ failure, infertility, electrolyte imbalance, brain damage, and even death. However, the emotional struggles of people with eating disorders such as anorexia can be equally distressing and require intensive professional intervention in order to resolve.
Eating Disorder Treatment at Bridges to Recovery
At Bridges to Recovery we offer integrative, holistic care with clinical expertise in mental health disorders with co-occurring eating disorders. We have a deep understanding of the relationship between eating disorders and other mental health disorders that enables us to design personalized treatment programs to support your unique recovery needs. Private chefs prepare wholesome, delicious meals throughout the treatment process to begin restoring and nourishing you from within. We focus on guiding you toward increased understanding of your disorder, healthy coping mechanisms, and a renewed relationship with your body.
The most powerful treatment available for eating disorders is individual psychotherapy. Psychodynamic therapy is used to explore the experiential context of your relationship with food and your body as well as the connections between your eating disorder and the co-occurring mental health disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques help you identify triggers and develop alternative responses to cope with them. We aim to replace distorted thinking with healthy, reality-based thoughts and develop confidence, self-acceptance, and an improved relationship with your physical self.
Bridges to Recovery has a range of physical and holistic therapies that can help you reconnect with your body and eliminate harmful thought patterns and behaviors. Normalizing eating and learning about balanced nutrition can form the foundation for a new way of relating to food. Yogaand physical fitness offer opportunities to increase body awareness while teaching you about appropriate, healthy exercise habits that improve quality of life rather than fuel your disorder. You can learn to listen to your body and honor its functionality. Massage provides healing touch and allows you to experience the physical self as a site of relaxation. Acupuncture can also help you gain an increased connection to your body and relieve tension. Together, these therapies can help you toward a more fulfilling, healthy life with improved self-image and a renewed sense of healthy control over your mind and body.
Group therapy allows you to connect with others to share your struggles and process your therapeutic journey. Here you can gain social support and increased insights in an intimate environment without shaming or judgment.
If you or your loved one is suffering from mental health disorder with co-occurring eating disorder, Bridges to Recovery can help. Contact us for a more in-depth discussion about our treatment program and facilities.