Melrose Center: Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

 
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Melrose Center St Louis Park
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-6200
952-993-6685 fax

 

Up to half of those with eating disorders also abuse alcohol or drugs. Research shows any amount of substance abuse (binge drinking, experimentation with drugs) can negatively affect someone with an eating disorder, making recovery more difficult.

At Melrose Center, we offer a full range of individual and group programming for these patients. Research shows that patients with these co-occurring disorders have a more successful long-term recovery when the eating disorder and substance use disorder are treated together by professionals specially trained to work with both conditions. Our team of psychologists, medical doctors, dietitians and chaplains works together to create open, honest and supportive peer-driven interactions that promote healing.

Our intensive program is three days a week. This program offers one meal and one snack as well as the following groups:

  • Strategy Group: Patients discuss their current treatment goals and challenges; give and receive feedback and support; and set new goals.
  • Skills Group: Patients are taught essential skills for recovery and given opportunities to practice these skills. Core principles from CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) are incorporated.
  • Meal and Snack Groups: Patients practice eating snacks and meals with peers in dietitian-lead experiential groups. Patients begin to heal their relationship with food and challenge themselves in a structured and supportive environment.
  • Mind-Body Group: Mindfulness includes opportunities to practice being in the present moment, enhancing self-awareness, and fostering an attitude of openness, curiosity, and compassion when difficult situations arise. Patients who participate in 12 step programs are invited to integrate the step work they are doing.
  • Trauma-Informed Interpersonal Process Group: Patients have an opportunity to learn about their unique interpersonal style and get valuable feedback from peers and staff. These groups are designed to provide a safe and supportive place for individuals with a history of abuse and/or trauma to begin to heal and create new relationships with themselves and others.
  • Experiential Group: Patients participate in experiential exercises that allow them to use their energy and creativity to gain valuable insight into themselves and practice healthy emotional expression.
  • Relapse Prevention Group: Patients co-develop their own relapse prevention plan and get feedback from peers and staff. The relapse prevention plan focuses on the unique triggers and stressors faced by individuals.

Our evening program occurs two evenings a week. This program works well with patients who are living in sober living or halfway houses, or patients needing evening programming. This program offers one meal and the following groups:

  • Strategy Group: Patients discuss their current treatment goals and challenges; give and receive feedback and support; and set new goals.
  • Trauma-Informed Interpersonal Process Group: Patients have an opportunity to learn about their unique interpersonal style and get valuable feedback from peers and staff. These groups are designed to provide a safe and supportive place for individuals with a history of abuse and/or trauma to begin to heal and create new relationships with themselves and others.
  • Mind-Body Group: Mindfulness includes opportunities to practice being in the present moment, enhancing self-awareness, and fostering an attitude of openness, curiosity, and compassion when difficult situations arise. Patients who participate in 12 step programs are invited to integrate the step work they are doing.
  • Experiential Group: Patients participate in experiential exercises that allow them to use their energy and creativity to gain valuable insight into themselves and practice healthy emotional expression.

"Bulimia and drug addiction controlled my life for many years. I was being smothered by this destructive whirlwind and dragging in all those who crossed my path. If I treated my eating disorder, my drug addiction would take over my life. When I treated my drug addiction, my eating disorder would be in charge. I was always in pain. Only when treating both diseases together did I feel relief. Through my treatment at Melrose Center, my obsessions with drugs and food have been lifted and my life has never been so meaningful. I believe anyone who is willing to be honest enough with themselves to treat both afflictions simultaneously can also acieve a truly peaceful life." - Melrose Center Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Program Participant