Possible Link Between Weight Loss Surgery and Substance Abuse

A recent study raises concerns about the correlation between common types of surgery for obesity and an increased risk regarding drug and alcohol abuse. The report by Alexis Conason, PsyD, of the New York Obesity Research Center appears in a recent issue of Archives of Surgery. Conason contends that when some overweight individuals can no longer use food as a coping mechanism for their emotions, they find other ways to deal with their issues, such as drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Conason admits that these abuse problems affect only a small percentage of people who undergo surgery for obesity and that the link was found only among those patients who had a specific type of surgery.


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