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Food and Body Image Issues Co-Occurring with Addiction

Food and Body Image Issues Co-Occurring with Addiction

eating disorders and addiction

In a time where physical appearance holds so much weight a lot of people develop food and body image issues without even realizing. It usually begins with a minor change in diet and the desire to improve one’s physique which can lead to many people developing a toxic relationship with food. Many people struggling with substance use issues also have a history of an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, or binge eating.

Unfortunately, a lot of those battling with food and body image issues often find refuge in drugs, as their euphoric effects temporarily ease the general discontent they have for their lives. Casa Capri Recovery offers supportive services to patients with a previous eating disorder history and those currently struggling with food and body image issues.

What Types of Nutrition Can Be Implemented in the Recovery Process?

A patient must completely change their relationship with food and nutrition. During recovery, patients will follow a regular eating schedule and will consume food high in nutritional values. The purpose isn’t to force patients to keep up with a strict dieting plan, but to change their outlook on nutrition and aim for moderation. All patients at Casa Capri are offered services with a registered dietician throughout the course of treatment.

What Does a Healthy Diet Do for Addiction Recovery?

During drug addiction recovery, a patient learns how to take control over their lives and enjoy it without external stimuli. The right nutrition is known to have beneficial effects on a person’s health and even mental state. Healthy diets can help people manage their cravings and rehabilitation.

How Can a Nutritionist Help Someone with food and body image issues?

A nutritionist can help patients develop healthy eating habits by creating personalized eating plans that they can follow in their daily lives. Over time, they can help an individual improve their relationship with food.

What Support Groups Exist for People who struggle with food and body image issues?

Many programs employ the method of support groups for patients suffering from addiction and food and body image issues. Casa Capri offers a weekly nutrition group as well as a specific group for patients with food and body image issues.

Patients can also participate in weekly 12-step meetings geared towards food and body image issues such as Eating Disorders Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

Casa Capri has woven the art of a healthy lifestyle throughout our entire program. Our clinicians are IAEDP educated and support staff are trained and informed by Licensed Clinicians. We have cooking classes, grocery shopping support, and several weekly activities that encourage physical activity. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and body is key for our patients to thrive in recovery.

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