Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Eating disorders often co-occur with substance abuse, as individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms or to control weight. Understanding this dual challenge is essential for providing effective support and treatment for affected individuals. Recent research in the field of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse highlights the bidirectional relationship between these conditions, with substance use potentially triggering or exacerbating eating disorders, and vice versa. Studies have also explored innovative treatment approaches, such as dialectical behavior therapy and integrated care models, to address both issues concurrently, improving overall outcomes. Additionally, advancements in technology, like mobile apps and telehealth services, show promise in providing accessible and engaging support for individuals dealing with these co-occurring challenges. This session will comprehensively explore the intersection of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse, addressing the intertwined challenges and integrated treatment strategies.

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