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What is Eating Disorder?

There are a multitude of different eating disorders that clients in addiction recovery often report. Eating disorders have the potential to cause obsessive thoughts about the amount of food a person consumes, as well as other symptoms like depression and anxiety. Individuals who have eating disorders may turn to drugs or alcohol, either in an effort to reduce their appetite or to stop their depression or anxious thoughts. While this may be effective in the short term, over time, drug or alcohol abuse can actually worsen the symptoms of eating disorders while also endangering the life of the addicted person. Getting proper treatment for addiction and eating disorders is of paramount importance for clients to live long, healthy lives. During treatment, clients learn how to properly address their addiction through coping skills, relapse prevention, and craving control. Dual-diagnosis treatment also addresses their eating disorder, helping them to overcome their obsessive thoughts about food, as well as any other symptoms they experience. 

The Effects Of Eating Disorder On The Mind

Eating disorders affect sufferers in a variety of different ways. Here are some of the most common eating disorders and the way they affect the brain:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Individuals who have anorexia nervosa typically view themselves as being overweight, even if they are actually underweight. They have obsessive thoughts about monitoring their weight and monitoring their caloric intake. Most people who have anorexia nervosa exhibit obsessive-compulsive symptoms. 
  • Bulimia Nervosa: Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating behaviors, followed by purging behaviors. People with bulimia nervosa tend to have negative self-images or low self-esteem and an overwhelming fear of gaining weight. 
  • Binge Eating Disorder: Binge eating disorder is comparable to Bulimia Nervosa without the purging aspect. Those who binge eat feel unable to control themselves and may consume large amounts of food without even feeling hungry. 

Getting Help With Eating Disorder and Substance Abuse

Getting the help you need for eating disorders and substance abuse through a recovery treatment program ensures that the issues that are causing your addiction are appropriately addressed. Learning how to cope with the symptoms of an eating disorder gives clients their power back and allows them to move past their addiction in a healthy way. Dual-diagnosis programs treat more than just substance abuse and provide clients with a new outlook on the life they have ahead of them. 

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Variety of Co-Occurring Mental Health Treatments We Offer

We treat a variety of different substance abuse and mental health issues at our facilities. Whether you find yourself or a loved one addicted to substance abuse or struggling with mental health disorders, we’re fully equipped to provide you with the help you need.

ADHD, or ADD, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder with attention and impulse control difficulties that can lead to substance abuse. Treatment with therapy and medication is crucial.

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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension that can significantly impact a person's daily life.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings, including episodes of mania (elevated mood and energy) and depression (low mood and loss of interest).

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Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest, and other emotional and physical symptoms

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Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal eating habits. Getting help is important to address physical and psychological health risks, improve quality of life, and promote recovery.

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Personality Disorders

Personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating to others. Getting help is crucial to improve relationships, coping skills, and overall well-being.

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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)/Trauma disorder is a mental healtah condition resulting from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. Getting help is important to process trauma, reduce symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.

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Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Getting help is vital to manage symptoms, improve functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.

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Experiential Therapies & Evidence-Based Modalities in Fresno County

You’ll find we aren’t like typical addiction recovery programs here at First Steps Recovery. We have a variety of different therapies and on-site services that set us apart.

Clinical Therapies

Our detoxification program features 24-hour monitoring and professional guidance from licensed detox technicians.
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Experiential Therapies

A highly individualized treatment experience designed for lasting sobriety using evidence-bsed and holistic treatment options.
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Holistic Therapies

Our IOP offers individuals the ability to receive the high-quality, personalized level care of our rehab, but the flexibility to continue their daily lives.
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Aftercare Services

Individuals in the alumni program are invited to stay connected for meetings, events, and resources that are intended specifically for First Steps graduates.
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My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

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I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

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