Eating Disorder Therapy

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

Castlewood’s clinicians are experienced in providing the most current and effective co-occurring disorders treatment. Very commonly, the Eating Disorder is a symptom of another disorder or a constellation of disorders, typically involving anxiety and depression. Since each pair of disorders, or constellation of issues, is present at the same time, they must be treated simultaneously. Without concurrent and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, it is difficult to make a steady forward progression towards overall recovery. Co-occurring issues can be diverse, including both psychological disorders and addictions of many types. Castlewood provides highly individualized care for each client that simultaneously addresses the eating disorder and any co-occurring issues, making sure that the treatment plan remains fluid and meaningful throughout the continuum of care.

Why Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders is Necessary

More than 50% of clients with eating disorders have multiple addictions, and as the eating disorder improves, another addiction gets stronger. Integrated treatment for the co-occurring disorders means that each issue is addressed simultaneously, with each therapist utilizing this synchronistic approach in conjunction with the rest of the treatment team. Clients may struggle with many types of substance abuse addictions, as well as process addictions. These can include:
  • alcoholism
  • drug addiction
  • gambling problems
  • sex addiction
  • shopping addiction
  • Internet addiction
Many clients with an Eating Disorder also have other psychiatric disorders, and once they give up eating disorder symptoms, the psychiatric symptoms become more acute. It is important that such diagnoses are made early in treatment and treated simultaneously with the eating disorder. The same is true for trauma-based disorders such as sexual abuse or Attachment Disorder of childhood. Regardless of the specific psychological issues present, concurrent co-occurring disorder treatment is essential.

Types of Approaches Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

Castlewood offers a team of specialists, each with different skills, including therapists who have sub-specialties. By having a diverse and highly trained group of specialists on staff, Castlewood is uniquely able to meet the needs of clients requiring complex co-occurring disorder treatment. Castlewood’s expert therapists utilize many approaches to best meet the needs of clients with eating disorders combined with addictions or psychological disorder. These include:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Attachment Based Psychotherapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Art Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Psychodrama
Our dietitians understand both the specific metabolic needs of each clients. They have experience and training in working with clients with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Collaboration between therapists and dietitians assures that each clients is receiving the best combination of treatment approaches and daily interactions.  This focused collaboration is another reason that Castlewood in highly respected in providing truly compassionate, individualized, and effective concurrent treatment for co-occurring disorders.
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