Grace Holland Cozine
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Eating Disorders and Substance Use

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Substance misuse and eating disorders frequently co-occur, with up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders who use alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population. Each of these illnesses alone significantly increases mortality rates and when they occur together can lead to serious physical and mental health consequences. Therefore, it is essential to seek professional help from an eating disorder specialist that can also address addiction as early as possible.