ADDICTION / SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance which can be drugs and or alcohol.  

 

Women who have eating disorders are likely to experience a higher probability of substance abuse than someone in the general population.  What are the underlying reasons, characteristics and risks of an individual with a co-occurring disorder? How do they differ between an individual with an eating disorder, an individual with a substance abuse issue and an individual who struggles with both? Why is the feeling that it is never enough the persistent driving force behind the addiction and disorder. 

 

Treatment for individuals with eating disorders and chemical dependency in the past has been treated separately. Does the eating disorder develop after an individual is in recovery from their substance abuse or did the substance aid in their eating disorder?  

 

It is important for the person with the addiction to be aware of the warning signs of co occurring disorders and the best treatment protocol to give for the best opportunity for recovery.