When people suffer from body image disorder, they can become obsessed with their perceived flaws. This can lead to emotional and psychological stress, eating disorders, substance use disorders, sexual dysfunction, and a host of related mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. In turn, this can lead to a poor diet, lack of exercise, nutritional deficiencies, and a lasting negative, unhealthy relationship with food.
At Our Solutions, our treatment program offers educational counseling from a specialized eating disorder nutritionist, and if needed, complementary addiction recovery services and addiction recovery programs. Our nutritionists offer 24/7 support and if needed, supervision, to our clients in recovery.
Nutrition Services for Eating Disorders
There are definitive signs of nutritional deficiencies when someone has an eating disorder, whether anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or compulsive overeating. Symptoms can include:
- Muscle wasting or weakness
- Tooth decay
- Imbalanced electrolytes
- Severe dehydration
Our Solutions creates a customized program for each client. This includes eating disorder treatment in conjunction with nutritional education. Nutritionists help clients develop a positive relationship with food they used to fear, as well as help them with practical steps toward recovery; our nutritional education includes creating food plans, going grocery shopping with clients, and incorporating cooking classes that teach clients how to prepare healthy meals.
Nutrition Services for Addiction Recovery
While substance use disorders can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and your overall health, abusing drugs and alcohol can have immediate and lasting effects on nutrition. Some of these are the same as for eating disorders, but can include others specifically related to addiction, including severe and specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Substance abuse often results in poor nutrition, either because clients don’t eat enough, don’t eat healthy foods, or replace eating with using their substance of choice. Some drugs such as stimulants can work to suppress appetite and metabolism, which can cause the body to not absorb food properly. Other drugs can lead to an increase in appetite and cause weight gain.
Proper nutrition and hydration are the crux of a solid addiction recovery program as they help improve and balance physical and emotional health, thereby improving the client’s chance of recovery. Often substance use problems can lead to what’s called “macro-” and “micro-nutrient deficiencies”,” which in turn can cause mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, low energy, and the possibility of being triggered to relapse.
Nutritional services are a core part of the recovery program at Our Solutions, as we believe it helps to enable and maintain the recovery process and long-lasting sobriety. We offer individualized nutritional counseling by an eating disorder nutritionist as part of our addiction recovery services—we’ve seen first-hand among clients how one positively reinforces the other and increases the recovery success rate.
When to Seek Treatment for Nutrition Services
If you think you or a family member is suffering from nutritional deficiencies from an eating disorder or addiction problem, it is time to contact Our Solutions for a treatment consultation. All communication is confidential.