Addiction and Anorexia
Over the course of the past several decades, there has been a growing acceptance amongst members of the medical community in regards to the direct link between substance abuse disorders and eating disorders – especially in females. There are many variations of eating disorder that women suffering from addiction are simultaneously afflicted with. Binge eating disorder, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa are amongst some of the most common. In this article we focus on one specific eating disorder, and the common occurrence of corresponding substance abuse. Some women who suffer from anorexia, a disordered eating pattern characterized by severe caloric restricting leading to malnourishment and eventual starvation, have been engaging in amphetamine abuse in order to further curb their appetites and lose as much weight as possible. This trend is highly dangerous, and has proven fatal in hundreds of cases nationwide. If you or someone you love has been suffering from an eating disorder exacerbated by substance abuse, it is essential that professional help is sought immediately.
What are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs, most commonly used in prescription form to treat attention deficit disorder (or ADD). Prescription forms of this specific drug are manufactured under brand names like Adderall and Ritalin. While these drugs are still largely prescribed, the most common form of abused amphetamine the United States is meth – a synthetic drug manufactured in home cook laboratories or outside of country lines. Many women who struggle with anorexic tendencies do not have access to crystal meth – one of the most prevalent illicit forms of amphetamine. Therefore, afflicted females will frequently turn to prescription amphetamines. These drugs are abused because of their ability to effectively curb appetite as well as the lasting boost of energy they provide. Because women suffering from anorexia nervosa are typically undernourished, their bodies begin to hold onto nutrients for greater periods of time – failing to releasing energy, and resulting in incessant exhaustion and fatigue. Unfortunately, taking medications for reasons other than prescribed can (and more often that not DOES) lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Dangers of Anorexia and Addiction
Those who suffer from anorexia and amphetamine addiction simultaneously must look into seeking professional treatment as quickly as possible. A combination of these two disorders greatly increases the risk of:
- Heart attack (even in young women)
- Permanent brain damage
- Major personality changes
Get help today. Call Willow Place for Women to learn more about your dual diagnosis treatment options. We look forward to speaking with you soon.