REDMOND, Ore., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Eating Disorder Hope to Host an exclusive free Google Hangout on June 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm EST addressing the crucial necessity of obtaining effective treatment for an eating disorder or addiction and any other related mental health issues. It can be a matter of life and death as exemplified in the recent lawsuit settlement involving the death of Brandon Jacques. Brandon suffered from both an eating disorder and addiction but was not adequately treated and died in the care of those who were meant to help and protect him.
Our troubled society is under unprecedented stress and many are struggling with dysfunctional coping mechanisms just to get through life. The connection between eating disorders and substance abuse disorders is undeniable, with an astounding number of individuals suffering with co-occurring disorders. Up to 50% of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder sufferers also struggle with addiction. Also, well over 8 million Americans suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder and more.
Dr. Kim Dennis, CEO and Medical Director of Timberline Knolls, states: "We know that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any of the mental illnesses. Of all anorexics, those most likely to die are those with binge purge behaviors and co-occurring substance use disorders. This fact in combination with the extremely high rate of co-occurrence between EDs and SUDs highlights the dire need for more training and specialized care for the many patients who have both."
Dr. Dennis will bring professional insight to the pivotal topic of co-occurring disorders, the importance of treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse simultaneously, and hope for recovery for anyone who might be on this journey.
Millions of individuals with eating disorders, addictions and related issues often have a difficult time finding reliable information, support and resources online. Eating Disorder Hope, (www.eatingdisorderhope.com), a website first launched in 2005, is specifically created to offer information and resources for those struggling with these disorders.
Additionally, Addiction Hope provides highly specific information and resources for those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring issues. Addiction Hope (www.addictionhope.com), launched in 2013, has rapidly developed to a leading online community of addiction sufferers seeking hope, healing and recovery.
"We are excited to share Dr. Kim's thoughts on treatment for co-occurring disorders with our online community," said Jacquelyn Ekern, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope. "Our Google Hangouts are designed to enhance our already extensive coverage topics such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, weight and body image, excessive exercise, nutrition, treatment for eating disorders, co-occurring disorders and much more."
Eating Disorder Hope offers information and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, their treatment providers and loved ones by providing exclusive articles, national directories for treatment centers and therapists, event listings, and recovery tips for women and men struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Dennis maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry, and incorporates biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually tailored treatment plan for each resident.
About Timberline Knolls:
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 – 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, and LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls.