Disordered Eating Program

Who’s Eligible

The Disordered Eating Program is introduced to women when a relationship with food and/or body image becomes a trigger for relapse on substances.

Some women will go back and forth between their drug and/or alcohol addiction and their eating disorder, especially during times of sobriety.

  • “I substitute one for the other.”
  • “My eating disorder is a cross-addiction that I expect to crop up any time now.”
  • “During previous periods of sobriety, my eating disorder resurfaced.”

Some women use illicit drugs to suppress their appetite and lose weight, making the appetite suppressant the primary motivator for use.

  • “When I use the drugs, I never even think about eating.”

Some women use alcohol/drugs to escape from body dissatisfaction and obsession with food.

  • “When I’m drunk, I don’t care about my body or what I’m eating. Being intoxicated makes it easier.”

MARR treats adults with a primary diagnosis of substance use disorder (formerly called chemical dependency) and many secondary diagnoses, including (but not limited to) Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED). The Disordered Eating (DE) Program is introduced to women when a relationship with food and/or body image becomes a trigger for relapse on substances.

*Approximately 45 percent of women who are admitted to MARR’s Addiction Treatment Center join the DE Program.

Program Highlights

Every client receives treatment that is customized to meet her specific needs. Components of the program include:

  • 2 Additional Weekly Process Groups
  • Meal Groups
  • Mindful Eating Education
  • Individual Nutrition Consultations w/ Registered Dietitian
  • 12-Step Meetings for ED Recovery