When we think of a person suffering from bulimia or other eating disorders, rarely do we entertain the idea that the person could also have drug problem. Mostly because we have been used to relating substance abuse with its common causes, such as family history, peer pressure, curiosity, social rebelliousness, poor stress management, escape to reality, psychological distress and so forth, but never with eating disorders.
In an exclusive interview with Dr. Kim Dennis, Medical Director and CEO of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, TestCountry found that about 50% of people with substance abuse also have eating disorders, and about 33% of people with eating disorders also have substance abuse disorders.
“… it’s very common, especially in women,” Dr. Kim tells TestCountry. “When a person has both, it becomes more challenging to recover, both disorders tend to be more severe….”
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for the treatment program. She describes Timberline Knolls’ treatment “holistic,” an approaching which focuses on treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Dennis’ interview also touches on prescription drug abuse, the difference in treating military women and civilian women suffering from PTSD and trauma, and steps people can take to help a female friend or any women struggling with drug addiction problems.
To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview with Dr. Kim Dennis At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.