Food Addiction Treatment Facilities: An Overview

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Food Addiction Treatment Facilities: An Overview

5 November, 2019Articles, News

Food addiction – It’s a loaded term that has become synonymous in certain contexts, with compulsive over-eating. It is a term that has come to describe a specific type of process addiction that is differentiated in recovery circles, from substance addictions like drug addiction and alcoholism. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, we understand that the term “food addiction,” can also apply to a range of other obsessive and disordered eating habits. In this article, we discuss some of these behaviours and what treatment for food addiction entails.

As stated above, in its most basic sense, food addiction refers to over-eating. It is a term that describes the loss of control over eating and an increasing obsession with food. What many food addicts attest to, is an overwhelming and relentless compulsion to eat when certain emotions arise. Emotions, for food addicts, are uncomfortable realities, and eating serves as a numbing behaviour, blocking out emotions like hurt, disappointment and anger. Likewise, even positive emotions can trigger an over-eating episode.

What counsellors at a number of food addiction treatment facilities report however, is that food addiction often goes far beyond over-eating. It is one manifestation of the disease of addiction that seems to adapt and transform over time, with food addicts cross-addicting from over-eating, to starving, to binging and even purging. These behaviours are characteristic of different types of food addiction like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, but what is important to understand is that these behaviours can all be observable in the same food addict. Cross-addiction when it comes to disordered eating, is not an uncommon phenomenon. For this reason, food addiction can also be used to describe any compulsion to use food to escape one’s emotions, and the inability to refrain from harmful behaviour around food despite negative consequences.

Food addiction treatment facilities have helped many food addicts to recover and rebuild a healthy relationship with food. Over time, with group therapy, individual counselling, workshops and contact with other addicts in a 12-step fellowship, food addicts can reach a place of inner contentment and self-love. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, our counselling team has many years of experience with working with food addicts and helping them to recover their lives in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual sense.

If you or a loved one is in search of help for food addiction of any kind, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your journey.

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