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The Endless Sensation of Hunger: Commonalities, Differences and Simultaneous Treatment of Eating Disorders and Substance Use
PRESENTER: Rebekah A. Freese, LCSW, PHD

DETAILS: A growing body of literature indicate a third of women diagnosed with a substance use
disorder have also struggled with an eating disorder during their lifetime. Individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder are five times more likely than the general population to abuse substances. There is compelling evidence demonstrating eating disorders and substance use frequently co-occur. It is
important to recognize those commonalities, differences and learn to treat those simultaneously.
1. Identify the similarities and differences between eating disorders and substance use disorders.
2. Determine the medical complications most common in both disorders which may impact treatment.
3. Recommend treatment considerations which address the eating disorder and substance use

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Rebekah A. Freese, LCSW, PHD
Rebekah Freese, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D. holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) as well as a Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker of the State of Missouri. She specializes in eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, gender, sexuality, and trauma. She has treated individuals with an array of eating disorders, trauma, and BPD since 1997. She has extensive experience with commonly co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance use. She has proficiency in clinical program development, management, and growth as well
as quality assurance and program evaluation.
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