Eating Disorders & Substance Abuse Disorders
Healing eating disorders and substance use disorders at the same time
Research has shown that up to half of people with eating disorders may also struggle with substance use disorders including alcohol or drugs. It’s possible for a substance use disorder to start before, during or after developing an eating disorder and can make recovery more difficult.
What is a substance use disorder?
Someone with a substance use disorder might know it is affecting their life and health, but is unable to stop using.
It’s unclear why those with an eating disorder are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders, but we do know both conditions share common risk factors.
Diagnosing an eating disorder
If you think you could have an
Treating eating disorders and substance use disorder
Intensive outpatient treatment
- Three hours of group programming twice a week
- Weekly visits with a medical doctor
- Weekly one-on-one therapy sessions
We offer ongoing support to help prevent people with established sobriety from relapsing. You’ll join a group of people going through similar experiences to learn recovery skills, talk about your concerns, eat guided meals and other activities.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Yes, you need to register for group sessions in advance and must be a current Melrose patient. Call
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.
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