Multiple studies have demonstrated that many people who struggle with eating disorders have also struggled with substance abuse, with a particularly significant crossover for those struggling with bulimia or binge eating disorder. Those struggling with both substance abuse and an eating disorder should receive comprehensive treatment from specialists with expertise in both issues.
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