VISTAS Substance Abuse

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



The Effects of Impairment Due to Eating Disorder Symptoms on Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Steffanie D. Grossman, Deborah J. Ebener, and Susan Miller Smedema

2015

This study provides a preliminary examination of the effects of impairment due to eating disorder symptoms on recovery from substance use disorder. Facebook was used to recruit 127 female participants in recovery from substance use disorder. Results indicate that participants with significant impairment due to eating disorder symptoms experienced a greater number of relapses from substance use disorder over the past 10 years as well as lower current selfreported recovery from substance use disorder (i.e., sobriety, personal health, citizenship) than participants without significant impairment due to eating disorder symptoms. These findings indicate the need for counselors to use an integrated treatment that addresses both eating disorder symptoms and recovery from substance use disorders.

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