It is very common to have more than one outlet or manifestation of addiction. In other words, many people who abuse alcohol or drugs may also struggle with body image and eating behaviors. The opposite is also true, many people who struggle with an eating disorder may also be using drugs or alcohol to cope. At Focus, we understand these complex dynamics, and we can treat both types of addictions under one roof.
We also understand that additional 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).
INDIVIDUALIZED care for co-occurring or “dual diagnosis”
Some practitioners refer to co-occurring conditions as “dual diagnosis”, which simply means meeting the diagnostic criteria for two conditions at the same time. The caring, compassionate, and experienced staff at Focus is very well-versed in specific treatment modalities for those who fit within this category.
Because Focus offers substance abuse treatment on one unit and eating disorder treatment on another unit, the ability to create an individualized treatment program for someone who struggles in both areas is one of the things that Focus does best. And because Focus is very experienced in treating dual diagnosis cases, the staff are sensitive to the unique needs of these individuals.
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), he or she would be housed in the Focus residential eating disorder program. 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 related to substance abuse. Focus would assign an individual therapist to work closely with the patient to create individual treatment goals that are meaningful and attainable. Learn more details about our primary eating disorder program.
Substance Abuse as Primary, Eating Disorders as Secondary
When the biggest issue in someone’s life is substance abuse (alcohol, opiates, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and/or other drugs), he or she would be housed in the Focus residential substance abuse program. This would allow for medically monitored detox, as well as critical medical safety and oversight related to specific withdrawal symptoms. Individuals 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 the patient to create individual treatment goals that are meaningful and attainable. Learn more details about our primary substance abuse program.