Eating Disorders, the Holidays, at Stay-at-Home Orders - Festive table

Eating Disorders, the Holidays, and Stay-At-Home Orders

Extra Support During a Trying Time This week, we’d like to put our discussion of twelve-step principles on hold for a minute. As you may know, in addition to substance use disorders, Ocean Recovery has also treated co-occurring eating disorders since 2002. And the holidays can be a tremendously difficult time for people struggling with…

Trauma

Trauma and the Treatment of Substance Use and Eating Disorders

Recognizing and Processing Trauma In the treatment of substance use and eating disorders, much of our work involves processing trauma. In fact, an estimated two thirds of all individuals suffering from substance use disorder have experienced some type of trauma. Furthermore, a 2012 study by Mitchell et al found that the “vast majority of women…

Serotonin and Substance Abuse

Serotonin and Substance Abuse

In addition to being a product of genetics and environment, addiction is a matter of brain chemistry. Actually, the three are closely interrelated. Drugs of abuse are powerful, mind-altering substances that can disrupt the brain’s reward system and adversely affect natural chemical levels. Meanwhile, scientists estimate that genetic influences account for 40 to 60 percent…