Management of Eating Disorders When There Is Also Substance Misuse
Some people suffer from a co-occurring eating disorder and substance misuse
There are various permutations and directions of overlap
Avoidant coping styles and other common predisposing factors can be seen in both disorders
The treatment process needs to address both disorders together
Some treatments have benefits for one disorder to the detriment of the other
Therapy is most effective when it involves family members
Discharge planning from hospital to outpatient services and then to community aftercare are crucial.
Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor in the field of Alcohol and Substance misuse, is Medical Director at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders.
Glynis Read is a CBT Therapist and Head of Eating Disorders at at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders.
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