Over the years of treating women with substance abuse and dependence, MARR has come to understand that many of the women seeking treatment are also dealing with issues related to body image and food. As a society, all women are bombarded on a daily basis with media messages about standards of beauty, diets, exercise plans and an overall emphasis on outward appearance. Unfortunately, for women who are also dealing with substance use disorder(s), those messages trigger the adoption of behaviors that eventually become self-destructive ways of coping with life, similar in many ways to addiction.
A woman’s issues with body image and food are often directly tied to her use of substances, even to the extent that her drug of choice can be more strongly linked to appetite suppression and weight loss rather than “getting high.” MARR strives to provide individualized treatment and thus, addresses triggers related to body image and food through its Disordered Eating (DE) Program.
Since introducing DE services nine years ago, there has been positive feedback from clients in terms of their likelihood to complete treatment and address issues that lead to long-term recovery. “We are committed to providing clients with a holistic approach to recovery,” says Lauren Greenway, MS, APC, primary counselor for Disordered Eating at MARR. “I am proud to be a part of MARR’s vision to empower women in their journey through spiritual, emotional and physical healing.”