Many of those who struggle with eating disorders also struggling with substance abuse. Research is showing there are multiple shared neurotransmitters that are thought to be involved in both disorders. Patients in recovery from an eating disorder sometimes use substances to avoid discomfort in the recovery process, and likewise, patients in recovery from a substance use disorder may use an eating disorder to compensate for the lack of chemical reinforcement. Bouncing back and forth between addictions, these patients can feel defeated and hopeless.
After years of seeing patients struggle with eating disorders and substance use problems, Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center realized that their clinical practices needed to meet these needs. If treatment for both disorders is not integrated, healing is difficult.
This webinar explores Montecatini’s Integrated Care Model which incorporates evidence-based treatments to address both disorders concurrently. Sharon Zimbler, MFT and Nancy Staycer, LCSW will speak to the model as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Their aim is to help more individuals heal in mind, body, and spirit.