Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD Can Relate to Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Fairwinds Treatment Center specializes in dual diagnosis recovery and if an individual is suffering from a disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, many times they can also be dealing with substance abuse or an eating disorder. Our clinical team will work with an individual and develop a treatment plan to help get to the root of these issues.

OCD and AddictionsWhen an individual has obsessive compulsive disorder, they tend to have unwanted and repeated feelings, ideas, thoughts, sensations, and behaviors that cause them to feel driven to a compulsion. The individual will follow through with the behavior to stop the obsessiveness, but this only temporary relieves the behavior. This can become a vicious cycle that is not treatable alone.

An individual is not able to function in day-to- day activities when having these repeated thoughts and behaviors. These feelings can be so overwhelming that it becomes very difficult to focus on other areas of life. Individuals can realize that their thoughts are unreasonable, but it can be extremely difficult to ignore or stop the behavior. The treatment team at Fairwinds can teach an individual how to deal with these behaviors, and provide coping mechanisms to help treat the disorder.

Obsessions often have themes to them, such as:

  • Fear of contamination or dirt
  • Having things orderly and symmetrical
  • Aggressive or horrific impulses
  • Sexual images or thoughts

Obsession symptoms and signs may include:

  • Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or by touching objects others have touched
  • Doubts that you’ve locked the door or turned off the stove
  • Thoughts that you’ve hurt someone in a traffic accident
  • Intense stress when objects aren’t orderly or facing the right way
  • Images of hurting your child
  • Impulses to shout obscenities in inappropriate situations
  • Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions, such as shaking hands
  • Replaying pornographic images in your mind
  • Dermatitis because of frequent hand washing
  • Skin lesions because of picking at your skin
  • Hair loss or bald spots because of hair pulling

Stopping the cycle starts with a phone call

HOW CAN WE HELP

At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.

 

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