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What exactly is an eating disorder?

The term "eating disorder" refers to abnormal eating behavior that is in some way linked to an excessive obsession with one's own weight and / or physical appearance. We speak of an eating disorder if it disrupts psychosocial functioning or endangers physical health. The prototypical eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Eating disorder not covered by the above three (Not otherwise specified, NOS)

The most common eating disorders associated with substance use disorders (addiction) are bulimia nervosa and an eating disorder NOS. Often, patients with bulimia have suffered from anorexia nervosa in the past. A suppressed eating disorder often recurs after the treatment of an addiction when alcohol and / or drugs are no longer used.


We screen every patient for eating disorders upon registration. Based on the history of any eating disorders, a personal treatment plan is drawn up for the patient.

Treatment for eating disorders

At Castle Craig we also treat alcohol and drug addicts who also suffer from the consequences of an eating disorder. Anyone with an eating disorder and substance dependence is assessed by a psychiatrist and by Glynis Read, our eating disorder specialist. They will assess whether admission is possible. Admission is not possible for anorectic patients or for bulimics who actively purge (induce vomiting or use laxatives). The treatment of the eating disorder is part of the therapy for alcohol and alcohol drug addiction.

Because of the eating disorder, the patient has a negative self-image and little self-confidence, which is then reflected in repetitive addictive behavior. Impulsivity and perfectionism can be other characteristics of people with eating disorders. We provide a safe and trusted environment where patients are supported by an experienced practitioner. This allows the patient to work on the recovery process. During treatment, the patient's eating behavior is closely monitored and weight is checked regularly.

Therapy for eating disorders

The treatment at Castle Craig Scotland is also called the Castle Craig model, a sophisticated treatment program for the treatment of addiction behavior. Our eating disorder therapy is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and takes place in individual conversations as well as in group therapy. Patients are introduced to the self-help groups of the Anonymous Overeters.

Group therapy provides the basis of the treatment. The groups are good for gaining knowledge and increasing self-confidence. Individual therapy focuses on the patient's needs and complements group therapy. Successful treatment increases self-acceptance and teaches better coping with obsessive-compulsive behavior.

By educating patients about eating disorders, we try to break the negative spiral of thoughts and behavior. In this way we help patients to think, feel and act differently.

The Eating Disorders Program is led by Glynis Read, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist.

Preparing meals

Our kitchen provides three nutritious meals and three snacks per day. The staff works with patients with eating disorders to develop a normal eating pattern.

Medical supervision includes monitoring electrolyte balance, weight and eating behavior. If necessary, dietary supplements are prescribed.