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Recovering drug and alcohol addicts often have a co-existing eating disorder. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and unhealthy eating behaviors recovery centers Hoboken can help. Call today (201) 571-2410

Often substance abuse is a coping mechanism for individuals. The drug and alcohol addiction can be a result of dependencywhich formed when one used substances as a way to escape feelings from previous sexual abuse, physical abuse, as well as other underlying emotions.Eating disorders become common in recovering addicts because they replace the drug addiction or alcohol abuse with unhealthy eating control behaviors. The ability to control what goes in to their body becomes the new coping mechanism.

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, studies show that half of all people with an eating disorder abuse drugs or alcohol. In addition, thirty five percent of people with a substance abuse problem have an eating disorder. Struggling with any addiction can place you in a state of feeling vulnerable and feeling as though you are powerless to the addiction. The majority of co-existing addictions of drug dependence and eating disorders occur in women, men who suffer often go undetected or are hesitant to obtain treatment due to fear of embarrassment.

Sometimes it isn’t until giving up drugs and alcohol that the eating disorder occurs. At Drug Treatment Centers Hoboken, certified specialists evaluate patients upon entry for addiction and any underlying disorder they may have including an eating disorder. If a disorder were to occur during addiction treatment therapists would be able to detect it with careful observation.

Our caring staff is experienced in treating all addictions as well as disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and over eating. Overcoming addiction and an eating disorder takes strength and is a long journey. The key is using multiple coping skills that the therapists with Hoboken Drug Rehab can equip patients with. Just as with substance abuse and drug dependence, it is important to regain self-confidence and learn ways of handling certain emotions.

In today’s society in a place like Hoboken where fashion is appreciated and there are many well to do families, body image seems to be very important. It is important to be healthy and often in trying to fit a certain stereotype of how society thinks individuals should look, an eating disorder develops.

If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder and addiction please don’t hesitate to call and ask about how Addiction Recovery Hoboken NJ can help. Call today (201) 571-2410



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