Disordered Eating Program

Finding Freedom

Some women will go back and forth between their drug and/or alcohol addiction and their eating disorder, especially during times of sobriety.

  • “I substitute one for the other.”
  • “My eating disorder is a cross-addiction that I expect to crop up any time now.”
  • “During previous periods of sobriety, my eating disorder resurfaced.”

Some women use illicit drugs to suppress their appetite and lose weight, making the appetite suppressant the primary motivator for use.

  • “When I use the drugs, I never even think about eating.”

Some women use alcohol/drugs to escape from body dissatisfaction and obsession with food.

  • “When I’m drunk, I don’t care about my body or what I’m eating. Being intoxicated makes it easier.”

MARR treats adults with a primary diagnosis of substance use disorder (formerly called chemical dependency) and many secondary diagnoses, including (but not limited to) Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED). The Disordered Eating (DE) Program is introduced to women when a relationship with food and/or body image becomes a trigger for relapse on substances.

*Approximately 45 percent of women who admit to MARR’s Addiction Treatment Center join the DE Program.

Who’s Eligible?

Intensive residential treatment is well suited for women who have a primary diagnosis of substance use disorder and:

  • Have a history of an eating disorder or disordered eating but have not been active in those behaviors for some time. These women usually need support surrounding issues with body image and food that will inevitably arise while trying to get sober.
  • Have a diagnosis of OSFED or UFED
  • Restricting but not underweight
  • Over-exercising
  • Binge eating or emotional eating
  • Chronic dieting
  • Preoccupation with weight or shape
  • Purging with some prior period of abstinence
  • Drug use due to body image or efforts to lose weight

*Women who have completed intensive treatment for eating disorder (ED) and substance use disorder at another facility may be able to admit for a program tailored to their individual extended recovery needs.

Program Highlights

Every client receives treatment that is customized to meet her specific needs. Components of the program include:

  • 2 Additional Weekly Process Groups
  • Meal Groups
  • Mindful Eating Education
  • Individual Nutrition Consultations w/ Registered Dietitian
  • 12-Step Meetings for ED Recovery