Substance Abuse Recovery Path

in Eating Disorder Treatment

The use of substances can impair an individual’s ability to recover from an eating disorder, and as such, patients are asked to abstain from substance use when participating in Eating Recovery Center, Washington’s treatment programs. To begin—or maintain—sobriety during treatment, Eating Recovery Center, in Bellevue, Washington offers a Substance Abuse Recovery Path with groups designed to provide education, practical strategies and ongoing support for male and female adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse issues in addition to their eating disorder. To avoid moving from one addiction to another, this substance abuse recovery program emphasizes the importance of concurrent intervention for both issues and aims to improve a patient’s prognosis for sustainable recovery and their ability to function in daily life.

Upon admission to Eating Recovery Center, in Bellevue, Washington, if patients can potentially benefit from the path, they receive an additional substance abuse specific assessment. The patient’s recovery treatment team will use results from the assessment to evaluate the patient’s risk for substance abuse while in treatment for their eating disorder, and appropriate patients will be referred directly into the Substance Abuse Recovery Path.

The substance abuse recovery path includes participation in weekly group therapy sessions with substance abuse specific content, staff-supervised transportation to and from community AA meetings as necessary, leveraging evidence-based approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Groups provide a supportive place to examine personal drug use, learn how drug use may interfere with the eating disorder recovery process and explore abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Eating Recovery Center, Washington’s Substance Abuse Recovery Path includes:

  • Specialized substance abuse screening process upon admission
  • Simultaneous treatment of substance abuse and eating disorder
  • Collaboration with community detox centers as necessary
  • Abstinence-based program
  • Random UAs
  • Medical monitoring
  • Groups led by certified Chemical Dependency Professionals (CDPs)
  • Staff-supervised transportation to and from community AA meetings as necessary

For more information about treatment for substance abuse occurring alongside eating disorders, call (425) 276-4332.


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