A high percentage of individuals with substance use disorders also struggle with eating disorders. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and their recovery process can be complex, particularly when substance use disorder is also present. Eating disorders have impacts on a person’s health physically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially. A person with an eating disorder feels out of control regarding their eating patterns and body image, which has significant effects on their moods. For both substance use and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, loss of control, low self-esteem, feelings of being isolated and stressed, malnutrition, fainting, dental damage, heart problems, and gastroenterological concerns among the top psychological and physiological issues. Research has demonstrated strongly that simultaneous and combined treatment for substance use and eating disorders is the most effective for lasting recovery.
At Futures we provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions that support co-occurring substance use and eating disorder treatment, so that life-long recovery can be realized and maintained. In addition to the clinical offerings of the Futures core program, patients with eating disorders are offered individual therapy sessions specifically focused on body image, inner voice, self-esteem, control/fear response, emotional regulation, and self-acceptance.