It is very common to have more than one struggle at a time. Many people who abuse alcohol or drugs may also struggle with body image and eating behaviors. The opposite is also true, and Focus specializes in the treatment of these two issues under one roof.
In addition, co-occurring mental health conditions can also be part of the puzzle, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, underlying unresolved trauma, and/or other mental health struggles. All of our programming includes individualized psychiatric monitoring and medication management for co-occurring mental health issues. In addition, all Focus staff is trained in trauma sensitivity, and most of the Focus counselors are specifically trained in EMDR (an evidence-based trauma resolution technique).
Eating Disorder as Primary, Substance Abuse as Secondary
When the biggest issue in someone’s life is an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder), she would be housed on the female-only residential eating disorder unit at Focus. This would allow for critical medical safety and oversight related to specific eating and exercise behaviors. Individuals would then join the substance abuse community at Focus for specific groups and programming. Focus would assign an individual therapist to work closely with the patient to create individual treatment goals that address both eating disorder and substance use recovery, simultaneously. Learn more about the eating disorder program at Focus.
Substance Abuse as Primary, Eating Disorders as Secondary
When the biggest issue in a woman’s life is substance abuse (alcohol, opiates, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and/or other drugs), she would be housed on the co-ed residential substance abuse unit at Focus. This would allow for medically monitored detox, as well as critical medical safety and oversight related to specific withdrawal symptoms. She would then join the eating disorder community at Focus for specific groups and programming related to eating, exercise, and/or body image issues. Focus would assign an individual therapist to work closely with her to create individual treatment goals that address both substance use recovery and eating disorder recovery, simultaneously. Learn more about the substance abuse program at Focus.