Co-Occurring Problems: When Disordered Eating and Substance Use Collide

Presented by Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS on 04-17-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

About 3% of the population have eating disorders. However, among those that abuse drugs or alcohol, the rate of eating disorders increases to 35%. Conversely, young girls who experience problems with eating disorders are much more likely to experiment with cocaine and inhalants. In fact, research shows that the risk increases four times.

It is important that therapists recognize the connection between substance abuse (SA) and eating disorders (ED). Treatment for a girl with co-occurring disorders needs to include experts in both areas. Ideally, professionals that specialize in co-occurring disorders will devise a treatment plan together to assist her in healing from both of these areas. Fortunately, full recovery is possible with the correct care.

When the desire is to be thin, those with anorexia often depend on nicotine, caffeine, diet pills, and other stimulants to suppress their appetites or to speed up metabolism. Women with symptoms of bulimia may abuse laxatives and diuretics to purge.

This web conference will review the populations associated with these disorders and their co-occurrence. It will cover some of the psychological characteristics of people who are affected with ED and SA and examine the appropriate treatment recovery methodologies and the 12-step model as it relates to ED and SA.

This advanced, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Discuss the demographics associated with eating disorders, substance abuse, and their co-occurrence;
  2. Restructure related psychological characteristics (perfectionism, objectification, and hostility) of individuals with eating disorders and their relationship to substance use disorders;
  3. Examine the concept of addiction spectrum disorders and how it can be applied to eating disorders;
  4. Describe the recovery model and its use in the treatment of eating disorders.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in GoodTherapy.org's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

"I thought the whole thing was great." - Chapin Faulconer, LPC

"The most useful part of this workshop was that not enough attention is given to the co-occurring problems and Dr. Dennis covered this area quite well. She is informative and has a strong knowledge base." - Howard B. Weithorn, PhD

Meet the Presenter

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS

Dr. Kim Dennis specializes in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress, and co-occurring disorders. She is the medical director and CEO for the residential treatment center Timberline Knolls, where she supervises medical staff and directs the treatment program. Dr. Dennis takes a holistic approach to psychiatry, incorporating spiritual, psycho-social, and biological approaches in order to tailor an individual treatment plan for each resident.

Dr. Dennis frequently contributes to ABC News, CNN, and other news networks, as well as Boston Globe, Huffington Post, WebMD, Chicago Tribune, Behavioral Healthcare, and Addiction Professional. She has written on the topics of co-occurring eating disorders and self-harm, family therapy and medication for treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents, and gender differences in the development of psychopathology.

Dr. Dennis is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Medical Association, American Society for Addiction Medicine and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She also sits on the medical advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). For more information on Dr. Dennis and her clinic, please visit www.timberlineknolls.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.