Virtual Conference Presenter – Gina M. Bongiorno, LMFT

Eating Disorder Hope Virtual Conference IV:

Eating Disorders, Addiction & Co-Occurring Issues

EDH Virtual Conf IV

UCSD Eating Disorders Center LogoGina M. Bongiorno, LMFT – Manager Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Program at UCSD Eating Disorder Center

Gina Bongiorno ImageGina M. Bongiorno, LMFT is a senior therapist and manager of the Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center. Using her expertise in eating and substance use disorders, trauma, and grief as well as specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gina developed the comprehensive, evidence-based COD track.

Gina obtained her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Award of Distinction and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego and a consultant for trauma-informed care.

“Demystifying the Whack-a-Mole: Unique Considerations for the Treatment of Co-occurring Eating and Substance Use Disorders”

Description: Abuse of drugs and alcohol offers a mechanism for those suffering from eating disorders to numb their pain and anxiety. Data suggests that up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders also abuse substances (The National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse (CASA) 2003). These individuals are at increased risk for frequent relapses, impulsivity, trauma, medical complications, mood and anxiety disorders, and ultimately early mortality.

Under the traditional model of treatment, individuals with co-occurring disorders may obtain treatment for one mental health disorder while experiencing decompensation in another. Integrated care allows for simultaneous treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in a comprehensive, collaborative fashion. It targets the complex relationship between co-occurring disorders and prevents the escalation of cross-addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide empirically supported guidelines for the integrated care of co-occurring eating and substance use disorders
  2. To address unique challenges in working with co-occurring eating and substance use patient populations
  3. To explore effective ways to reduce clinician burnout and enhance clinical strategies


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One CE was available for qualified attendees who were present for the entire 1-hour online presentation and completed the required survey afterward.


Concurrent Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders for Teens and Adults

Young Lady in Group therapy after Returning to Eating Disorder Treatment

Melissa walks into an eating disorders clinic absolutely terrified. She has been binging, purging and restricting since she was 12, but this is her first time in eating disorder treatment and the first attempt at recovery from co-occurring disorders.

She was in rehab for her alcohol and cocaine use last year but did not address the patterns of eating that have caused her…Read the Article