Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

According to the National Eating Disorders Foundation, nearly half of all of the people who have eating disorders also abuse alcohol and/or drugs. Both eating disorders and addiction have many things in common. For example, people who suffer from bulimia typically have very little impulse control, and they have a tendency to binge on different foods. This same lack of control can sometimes present itself in the form of drug abuse.

Amphetamines/methamphetamines and Eating Disorders

Both methamphetamines and amphetamines will make the person taking them lose weight. This is true is someone is smoking crystal meth they got on the street or if someone is taking Adderall they were prescribed. In fact, amphetamines even have a history of being used for weight loss, and the AMA even approved efforts to push these drugs for weight loss in 1949.

This infographic on the history of amphetamines was produced by The Recovery Village, who offers prescription drug rehab at treatment centers across the United States.

Addorexia: What is it?

Adderall is a stimulant drug that is used to treat ADHD. However, for those who do not have ADHD, the drug can be similar to cocaine. Those who have eating disorders are more likely to abuse the drug because it does cause weight loss. However, the drug can actually cause eating disorders as well.

If you have a substance abuse problem in addition to an eating disorder, we encourage you to seek help as soon as you possibly can. Have a look at the following websites for more information.

Helpful Substance Abuse Links

The Recovery Village – https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/
Crystal Meth Anonymous – https://crystalmeth.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – https://www.samhsa.gov/

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