Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports on Possible Link between Weight Loss Surgery and Addiction

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Mental health experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy report that there may be a link between weight loss surgery and addiction.

We know that weight loss surgery affects individuals on a psychological level as well as a physical level, however, what we don’t know is exactly how each person will be affected after surgery.

Mental health experts in Michigan recently reported on the findings from the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on the link between weight loss surgery and addiction. Researchers have seen an increase in cases of alcoholism in those who have weight loss surgery, suggesting that this type of surgery impacts much more than just the numbers on the scale. Lori Edelson, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist said, “We know that weight loss surgery affects individuals on a psychological level as well as a physical level, however, what we don’t know is exactly how each person will be affected after surgery.”

According to the Harvard team, patients who develop alcoholism post-surgery share common risk factors, including previous drug and alcohol use, and smoking pre-surgery. Harvard’s research also noted that there is a change in hormones post-surgery, including an increase in the hormones thought to be responsible for addiction and obesity, which may be responsible for the increase in alcoholism after surgery. Further research will be done to determine the long-term effects of post-surgery hormone level changes for patients who undergo weight loss surgery.

The mental health providers at the Birmingham Maple Clinic provide a wide range of mental health services in Michigan, including treatment for alcoholism and eating disorders. The clinic provides counseling and therapy for those who are contemplating or who have undergone weight loss surgery at its state-of the art facility in Troy, Michigan.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com

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