Many providers these days say they treat co-occurring substance use, eating disorders, mood disorders and related trauma. It’s a buzz word. At SunCloud Health, we actually do it.
In November Dr. Kim presented at Positive Sobriety’s Monthly Lunch and Learn Series where she presented on one of her favorite topics, “What’s Addiction Got to Do with It? Understanding Eating Disorders within the Addiction Spectrum”.
This presentation explores the common traits between those who struggle with substance addiction and those who struggle with eating disorders. We know from the literature that up to 50% of people who struggle with eating disorders also abuse alcohol and or drugs, and up to 35% of people with some form of substance addiction also have some form of eating disorder. Dr. Dennis explores shared risk factors, the similar aberration in brain reward pathways and brain reward circuitry and treatment approaches that can be used to effectively treat those struggling with both eating disorders and substance addiction.