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Eat, Drink, Binge, Guzzle..

Eat, Drink, Binge, Guzzle..

Eat, Drink, Binge, Guzzle..

I think it makes sense that 50% of people who have eating disorders also have a co-occurring substance use disorder. I used to fall asleep with the remains of my wine glass on my night stand. Now, it’s often a cute little bin of ICE CUBES gum, or the remains of my soupçon of TV watching, comfort food. Eat, drink, binge, guzzle – I always seem to take things to extremes


I hate when that happens…

But, I’m not alone. So, when I am eating a bag of those unsalted pretzels stuffed with peanut butter from Trader Joe’s as I binge-watch Anne with an E on Netflix, I feel a connection.


I sat in on a great group session at Sanford House last week. They were talking about the connection between eating disorders and substance use disorders. One of the many interesting things the therapist, Gail Hall, said was, “The difference with eating disorders, is that you can’t just stop eating. You have to separate the eating from the behaviors.”


I never thought of that before… I wonder if it would be like trying to have just one glass of wine with dinner? That’s something I used to tell my husband or the police when they stopped me for “erratic” driving. “No, I haven’t been drinking. Just a glass of wine with dinner…” A big lie. Because, like those old Lays Potato Chip ads, I could never just have one…


The NIH has a pithy article about this subject.


And, if you haven’t seen it,  here’s my recap of the group session:


Whack a Mole! When Eating Disorders Pop Up in Addiction Treatment



Today I’m not drinking, because I’m EATING… just kidding – got that under control too…


How come you’re not drinking?

E2E – Like the old Joni Mitchell song, “I could drink a case of you…”

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Comments (5)

  1. Avatar
    Feb 22, 2018

    How come you're not drinking?
    Needed to get away from the daily drinking habit as it was preventing me from reaching my health goals. Also because when I turned 50 - I decided I didn't want my life to end as my sister's did at the age of 50 because of her issues with alcohol.
    A friend in my group referred me to this blog and it’s exactly how I’m feeling – now that I’m booze free (day 172 today) I’m struggling with the eating issues.

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    Feb 28, 2018

    Me too! 9 months tomorrow, but since I feel like I’m mainlining sugar. I hear this is very normal for newly recovering alcoholics. This read resonates with me b/c I was bulimic throughout high school and college and curbed this serious eating disorder by replacing it with booze. I’ve gained 20 lbs. and am beginning to feel the old desire to binge and purge. Staying strong, as I don’t one to replace one deadly disease for another.

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    Feb 28, 2018

    Thank you ever so for you post.Much thanks again.

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    Pearl McNeely
    Sep 1, 2018

    How come you're not drinking?
    I did not used to have anxiety attacks when I was hungover, now i do. I am also sick of the drinking scene.
    Less than a week sober. I haven’t been going to work because I’m so tired. I’ve been isolating and sleeping. I’m giving myself permission because I haven’t been able to beat 7 days. So I’m just lounging and sleeping. Hoping to work after this long weekend.

    For he first four days I had anxiety. I think it has passed but I’m too beat to do much.

    • Marilyn
      Sep 6, 2018

      First, congratulations on a week sober. But and this is a big but, you should see a doctor and get checked out – being tired is typical when detoxing, but alcohol detox is tough and depending on how much you have been drinking for how long, you might have to go to medical detox and be monitored. Nothing to mess with!

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