People sometimes suffer from more than one addiction at the same time. This is not at all uncommon with different types of drug addiction and alcoholism.
Some of the other conditions that often occur along with substance abuse are a gambling addiction, sex addiction, or eating disorder, which is sometimes a food addiction. The same issues, causes, and triggers are often involved when an individual has two or more of these problems. Getting the proper professional care for multiple forms of addiction in a treatment center can seem tricky.
Many, if not most, rehab programs can help patients who have a substance abuse problem with more than one type of drug and/or alcohol. Finding professional help for a substance abuse problem along with one of the other conditions can be more difficult. The good news is that there are options available; however, you will probably have to look harder and dig deeper in order to find them.
Some drug and alcohol treatment centers will admit patients with a gambling addiction, for example, while others will not. It often depends on whether the staff members at the facility believe that they can provide a safe and structured environment for working through the problems. If food consumption is not normally monitored at this place, they probably won’t admit someone with an eating disorder. You can call and ask about their policies if you’re interested in going to a certain center.
There are also drug rehabilitation programs that specifically focus on the treatment of these other addictions, because they are somewhat common. For example, there are treatment centers that specialize in patients who have an eating disorder along with drug addiction or alcoholism. This allows addicts to get the specialized care that they need for their own unique situations, rather than trying to fit the mold of an insufficient program and failing.