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Am J Addict. 2011 May-Jun;20(3):205-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00122.x. Epub 2011 Mar 11.

Assessment and treatment of co-occurring eating disorders in privately funded addiction treatment programs.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, 67 President St., Charleston, SC 29425, USA.


Privately funded addiction treatment programs were surveyed to increase understanding of assessment and current treatment options for patients with co-occurring substance use and eating disorders. Data were collected from face-to-face interviews with program administrators of a nationally representative sample of 345 private addiction treatment programs. Although the majority of programs reported screening for eating disorders, programs varied in screening instruments used. Sixty-seven percent reported admitting cases of low severity. Twenty-one percent of programs attempt to treat eating disorders. These results highlight the need for education of addiction treatment professionals in assessment, referral, and treatment of eating disorders.

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