Struggling with an eating disorder can cause immense strife in a woman’s life. Unfortunately, eating disorders are frequently accompanied by the compulsion to abuse substances. One such substance of abuse is cocaine. As a stimulant, cocaine produces surges of energy and heightened self-confidence, as well as feelings of euphoria. Additionally, the use of this drug leads to appetite suppression, typically causing noticeable weight loss. This aspect in particular can make cocaine especially appealing to women who already battle distorted images of themselves and struggle with an ongoing desire to lose weight. Furthermore, the abuse of cocaine can lead to tragic outcomes, both phsyically and emotionally, which is why receiving comprehensive treatment that addresses both the presence of an eating disorder, and the addiction to cocaine, is imperative.
At Montecatini, we know the extraordinary courage it takes to address the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of living with an eating disorder and co-occurring cocaine use disorder. We also know how vital it is to feel safe and supported. That is why, in a serene and intimate environment, each client’s treatment plan is customized to address her unique challenges, her unique family dynamics and history, her unique dreams for the future, and more. Our approach is collaborative and highly personalized, born out of true empathy and compassion.
We believe that no matter how long one has suffered from an eating disorder and co-occurring addiction to cocaine, healing and lasting freedom from such conditions are possible. Our mission is to support you every step of the way.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a family member or loved one is battling an eating disorder, the concern that you feel can be devastating. When that eating disorder is accompanied by an addiction to cocaine, that concern can multiply until it becomes all-consuming. Watching your loved one’s health deteriorate can be terrifying, yet you may be unsure as to what you can do to help. This feeling is understandable, but it is important to know that there are ways that you can be of great help to your loved one during this time. Please consider the following:
- Become familiar with the various types of eating disorders, learning as much as you can about the particular disorder that your loved one is suffering from. In addition, learn about cocaine addiction and how it can impact the symptoms and effects of an eating disorder.
- Research treatment centers that are equipped to treat both the eating disorder and the cocaine addiction that plague your loved one. It is vitally important that comprehensive treatment for both concerns is received in order for true healing to occur.
- Discuss your concerns with your loved one. Keep in mind that she will likely be defensive when first approached. It can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that one has a problem, let alone that help is needed. For this reason, it is important to be patient and empathetic. Stress your concerns, but give your loved one time to process and express her own fears and worries.
- Once your loved one is open to discussing it, present her with the options for treatment that you have discovered. Encourage her by letting her know that you will support her and be with her every step of the way. Offer that support by helping with scheduling appointments, accompanying her those appointments, and being an active part of the therapeutic process once it has begun.
Why Consider Treatment?
When left to persist without intervention, the physical, mental, and social consequences of an eating disorder and cocaine addiction can be devastating. The obsession with obtaining and consuming cocaine can cause an individual to forget about all other priorities, placing all of her focus instead on the abuse of the drug. This can lead to the onset of relationship disturbances, resulting in lost friendships and family discord, and a decline in work or school performance, resulting in job loss or academic failure. The physical deterioration that can result from cocaine use can also be devastating, causing things such as muscular weakness, respiratory depression, and cardiac arrhythmia to occur. Especially when combined with the detrimental physical effects that can result from the presence of an eating disorder, a woman’s life can be placed in peril when she is afflicted by these two conditions. Fortunately, there is help available that can assist women in experiencing restored health, renewed vitality, and a bright future.
Eating disorders are progressive and debilitating illnesses that, when left untreated, have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Depending on which eating disorder a person struggles with, she may suffer from malnutrition, obesity, organ damage, diabetes, and developmental problems, as well as other mental health disorders and possible substance abuse. Because of their pernicious and systemic nature, it is not enough to merely treat the physiological symptoms of eating disorders. Instead, a person must also receive care for the co-occurring psychological issues that may cause her to return to her unhealthy eating behaviors. If treatment is to be truly successful in the long-term, it is important that each person receives a full spectrum of physiological and psychological treatment. At Montecatini:
- Treatment is provided in a warm, family-like atmosphere.
- Programming is supplied by staff who demonstrate true empathy.
- Customized, multi-dimensional treatment plans are created for each client.
- Skill-building opportunities are provided so that clients can learn to integrate healthy behaviors into daily living.
- Personalized, consistent care is afforded to each client.
- Comprehensive family support and therapy are integral parts of treatment at Montecatini.
- Simultaneous treatment for co-occurring disorders is available.
- Renowned medical and psychiatric management round out the therapeutic services we offer.
- Nutrition therapy is factored into each client’s treatment in order to help her reestablish a healthy relationship with food.
- A full continuum of care is offered in order to ensure each client’s long-term recovery.
At Montecatini, we believe that no matter how long you have suffered from an eating disorder, recovery is possible and hope is manifested daily as we work together in support of your long-term healing and inner-peace.
Types of Treatment Offered at Montecatini
Since treating our very first client in 1991, Montecatini has helped inspire and transform the lives of hundreds of women. We are nationally recognized as a leading provider of eating disorder treatment and we are dedicated to helping our clients resume their lives as healthy, joyful individuals who are ready to live to their fullest potential. Women between the ages of 16 and 55 can heal in our residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. These programs are designed to help our clients overcome anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, including cocaine use disorder.
Montecatini is located just three miles from the Pacific Coastline in picturesque Carlsbad, California. The center itself exudes the comfort and safety akin to being at home, and our staff puts forth every effort to ensure that the atmosphere we create is both peaceful and conducive to recovery. Each client is treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and her care will be personalized to her unique history, challenges, life experiences, and needs.
Our staff of passionate and devoted professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with eating disorders, work in close collaboration with each client who comes to us for treatment. By creating personalized plans for each person who chooses to heal with us, we are able to provide the highest quality of care while honoring the individuality of each client. Depending upon the outcome of an initial assessment, clients may have the following interventions incorporated into their customized rehab plans as they work towards overcoming an eating disorder and co-occurring cocaine abuse problem:
Medical care: For clients who are medically stable, yet still require additional care for their physical health as they navigate the recovery process, Montecatini is pleased to offer renowned medical care. As a distinguished provider of eating disorder rehab treatment, we recognize that the physical health of our clients can be compromised by the presence of an eating disorder. We also partner with specialists in San Diego to ensure our clients’ medical needs are appropriately met.
Medication management: When a client comes to us battling a mental health condition in addition to an eating disorder and co-occurring addiction to cocaine, they may benefit from the inclusion of certain medication(s). Our psychiatrist is available to meet with clients once per week to assess medication needs, prescribe medication, and adjust dosages as needed. Physician’s assistants and nurses are also available to monitor the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to ensure that clients are adhering to their medication regimens.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy occurs three times per week. Each client meets with her assigned primary therapist in a one-on-one setting, which provides an excellent forum to assess progress and to discuss setbacks and successes that have occurred during treatment.
Family therapy: Each client’s family members are invited to participate in family therapy sessions while their loved one is receiving treatment. This treatment method, which is offered once per week unless otherwise indicated, is designed to heal emotional wounds and promote unity among our clients and their primary support networks.
Group therapy: Offered up to five times per day, group therapy is a key component of treatment at Montecatini. Led by therapists, registered dietitians, nurses, patient assistants, yoga instructors, and art therapists, group therapy covers a wide range of topics that can further the recovery process and provides an optimal setting for clients to gain support and encouragement from staff members and other clients. Groups that may be incorporated into a client’s rehab treatment plan as she works towards recovering from an eating disorder and co-occurring cocaine addiction may include the following:
- Expressive arts therapy
- Body image
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Interpersonal process group
- Equine therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Relapse prevention
- Nutrition counseling and education group
- Spirituality/12-Step group
- Outside 12-Step group
- Exposure therapy
- Family weekend incentives
- Action planning
- Food and feelings group
- Integrated care group that is focused on substance use
- Menu planning and meal preparation
- Therapeutic gardening group
Experiential therapy: In order to help our clients nurture the mind-body connection and apply learned skills in real-world settings, at Montecatini, we are proud to offer a number of experiential therapy opportunities. Experiential therapies complement the other therapeutic interventions we provide and typically take place once per week. Depending on the client’s needs, the following may be part of her personalized treatment plan as she works towards overcoming her eating disorder and co-occurring cocaine abuse problem:
- Grocery shopping
- Restaurant outings
- Clothes shopping
- Challenge food outings
- Beach trips
- Group dinners
Our experienced staff members, many of whom have specialized training in therapeutic techniques and treating a myriad of co-occurring conditions, including an addiction to cocaine, assess clients’ needs on an ongoing basis and can recommend additional interventions if they are determined to be conducive to a client’s recovery.
Because we realize that recovery from an eating disorder and co-occurring cocaine use disorder does not end with the completion of residential treatment, Montecatini purposefully begins preparing our clients for discharge on the day they are admitted to our program. Many of our clients transition to our partial hospitalization program (PHP) after completing our residential treatment, and then step down to our intensive outpatient program (IOP) after completing PHP. Each client’s primary therapist determines and coordinates the most appropriate follow-up and aftercare services, and alumni of our program are welcome to attend our weekly support groups and Alumni Events and Celebrations for as long as they wish. Our goal is to help our clients return to lives that are not only functional, but joyful and deeply supported as well.