Addiction Counseling and Educational Resources recently was named one of seven statewide recipients of a grant by the Magellan Recovery and Resiliency Team’s 2014 Seed Grant Program. ACER was one of three organizations to receive the highest-level grant of $5,000.

According to ACER chief clinical officer Adrianne Trogden, the money will help finance the expansion of a substance abuse program that specializes in women with co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders.

She said the 12-week outpatient program will begin in ACER’s Metairie location, which serves a greater number of women. In addition to its Metairie offices, ACER has a facility in Arabi and headquarters in Slidell.

“The two are similar in that they are both compulsive behaviors,” Trogden said. “It’s a need to control or escape feelings. The substance abuse issue usually is treated if someone seeks help, but the eating disorder sometimes is not a focus.”

Trogden said 80 percent of clients who present themselves with a substance abuse issue display some sort of co-occuring concern, such as an eating disorder.

To help address that problem, she said ACER is seeking clients for the program who display both behaviors.

“People with substance abuse problems oftentimes don’t eat regularly and certainly not properly,” she said. “From what I understand, there were a lot of organizations in Louisiana that applied.” She said ACER hopes to begin the program by the first of June.

ACER began in Slidell 10 years ago with a mission to provide behavioral health and substance abuse counseling services. Magellan is the system of care for Medicaid and non-Medicaid adults and children who require specialized behavioral health services.

For information on ACER, call (985) 690-6622 or go online to www.acercanhelp.com.