Mindfulness-Action Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for concurrent Binge Eating Disorder and Substance Use Disorders

Eat Disord. 2011 Jan-Feb;19(1):17-33. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2011.533603.


Individuals with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) often evidence comorbid Substance Use Disorders (SUD), resulting in poor outcome. This study is the first to examine treatment outcome for this concurrent disordered population. In this pilot study, 38 individuals diagnosed with BED and SUD participated in a 16-week group Mindfulness-Action Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MACBT). Participants significantly improved on measures of objective binge eating episodes; disordered eating attitudes; alcohol and drug addiction severity; and depression. Taken together, MACBT appears to hold promise in treating individuals with co-existing BED-SUD.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy* / methods
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mind-Body Therapies* / methods
  • Mind-Body Therapies* / psychology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome