What We Treat
In respects to those with substance abuse issues and an eating disorder, the following are what Futures of Palm Beach is equipped to treat:
Cutting one’s caloric intake to the point of starvation is the defining characteristic of anorexia nervosa. Unfortunately, severe dehydration and the breakdown of major organ systems can be the result. Patients are usually significantly underweight.
Binge eating sessions followed by attempting to purge those calories through laxative use, vomiting, or extreme exercise before they are absorbed by the body characterizes bulimia. Unfortunately, this rarely achieves weight loss and can cause numerous health problems. Patients are usually of normal weight or slightly overweight.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating sessions without purging afterward defines the most commonly diagnosed disorder in the United States. Obesity and a number of related chronic ailments are often the result.
Night Eating Syndrome
People with NES may have troublesome sleeping patterns. One may compulsively eat when experiencing insomnia, but unlike those who suffer from disorders involving sleep-walking and eating, individuals suffering from NES are actually awake during their nightly food binges.
EDNOS: Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
When a patient exhibits disordered eating habits but not enough or more than the habits that define one of the above disorders, they are diagnosed with EDNOS. Extreme exercise, caloric restriction based on food theory or philosophy with the goal of weight control, and addiction to drugs that enhance weight loss are just a few examples.
Common Eating Disorder Diagnoses
Patients can develop disordered eating habits due to any combination of social, environmental, emotional, biological, and psychological factors. Though many are quick to blame the media’s glorification of waif-like models as the female ideal, most patients report that issues of self-esteem or feeling a lack of control in their personal lives often drive them to micromanage their eating habits. When this adds up to disordered eating habits in certain combinations, an eating disorder diagnosis can result.
Effective Eating Disorder Treatment Options
No matter what the specific characteristics of your loved one’s eating disorder, there are a few therapies that have been proven to be effective in treatment.
- Personal therapy. Meeting with a therapist on a one-on-one basis can help the patient to address underlying trauma – even physical or sexual abuse – that may be driving the issues of poor self-esteem. Learning to build confidence in things that are more solid than appearance is a huge part of moving forward in recovery.
- Family therapy. Family members will need to learn more about how they can effectively help their loved one avoid disordered eating habits, be more generous and understanding about underlying issues, and avoid inadvertently increasing stress levels.
- Support groups. Peers who are living under the same stressors and struggling with the same behaviors and issues can offer support to one another as they all move closer to a more balanced relationship with food.
- Nutritional counseling. Learning how to eat for optimum health rather than for massive weight loss can help patients find control through food that is positive.
Some services listed may not be included in our core program. An admissions counselor will be able to provide you a complete list of core services. Information provided for educational purposes. Premium services or programs may be arranged through your therapist or case manager.