Addiction and Eating Disorders Treatment

Eating disorders are severe, long-lasting health disorders that may affect both men and women from every age group. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders are more common in women. Without the proper treatment for eating disorders, a person can experience serious medical problems, particularly if the individual is suffering with anorexia or bulimia. Eating disorders are common in individuals with substance abuse disorders and can in some cases cause and individual to be dependent on a substance such as cocaine. In other cases, individuals with addiction may develop an eating disorder as a result of trying to re-gain control of their life. White Sands treatment evaluates patients for any underlying disorders and can provide personalized treatment needed for a successful recovery.


Residential treatment centers focus on treating people struggling with these health conditions. Professionals at these facilities are equipped to administer treatment for anorexia, binge eating and bulimia treatment to every patient struggling with these conditions. This treatment approach recognizes the need for an individualized treatment that focuses on each person’s unique strengths and challenges. Some may be seeking treatment for the first time and others may be suffering a relapse after their stay at another eating disorder treatment center.

With contribution from family members and medical specialists, a customized eating behavior treatment plan is designed for each resident. Each man or woman struggling with these conditions learns the skills necessary to overcome them and experience the joys of a lasting recovery.

Holistic Approach

Holistic treatment is also available at these recovery facilities. The qualified treatment staff at White Sands Treatment Center helps patients make lasting changes that could be beneficial during recovery. The success of the program heavily depends on how long the treatment was provided. This treatment approach combines medical excellence with consciousness of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects that help strengthen each individual.

Residential treatment centers make available supportive and persuasive peer groups who relate to the emotional challenges experienced during recovery for bulimia, anorexia nervosa, or binge eating disorders. This gregarious treatment approach can be very therapeutic. Patients learn to make healthy decisions and deal with negative feelings that may trigger an unhealthy eating behavior. They learn to cope with feelings such as anxiety, fear and shame while learning to experience joy in their lives again. Similarly to individuals in recovery from substance abuse, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, people struggling with destructive eating behaviors can grasp the meaning of life in a healthy way that produces joy and fulfillment.

Women’s Health and eating disorders

Women tend to experience these types of disorders more often. Many women battling eating disorders usually have other mental health conditions. These psychiatric conditions or addictions, which may not have been discovered in the past, are called co-occurring disorders. White Sands Treatment Center offers treatment for co-occurring conditions that may have contributed to the development of an eating disorder. Some women can also develop a co-occurring addiction when trying to alleviate symptoms related to eating disorders or other psychiatric conditions. At White Sands Treatment Center we understand that substance abuse affects both males and females differently, we have a number of women treatment programs available.

These conditions can slow down the recovery process if they are not identified early. Mental health disorders generally co-exist with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Some of these psychiatric disorders are:

  • – Depression
  • – Panic disorders
  • – Bipolar disorder
  • – Anxiety disorders
  • – Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • – Obsessive compulsive personality disorder
  • – Borderline personality disorder
  • – Sleeping disorders
  • – Substance abuse disorders such as drug addiction, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.