Food AddictionTypes of Addiction

Food Addiction

Food can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol. When a food addict becomes dependent on the pleasure or feeling of satisfaction that (often) rich foods deliver, a cycle of unhealthy consumption is perpetuated. Gorging, binge eating and overindulging can lead to numerous physical, emotional and social problems including heart disease, obesity, poor self-esteem and depression.

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Am I Addicted to Food?
Compulsive over-eaters or food addicts frequently engage in episodes of uncontrolled or binge eating. If you find that you regularly consume food past the point of being comfortably full or until you feel ill, eating when you are not hungry or eating in secret, you have a problem with food addiction. If these episodes of gorging are followed by feelings of guilt or depression and obsession you are in need of help. Avoiding social interactions and struggling to function at work are signs of addiction. Experiencing decreased energy/chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep disorders, irritability, headaches, digestive disorders and even suicidal thoughts all go hand in hand with food addiction. Often compulsive over-eaters are obese or overweight. If all of this sounds familiar we advise you to seek help.

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Side Effects of Food Addiction
A compulsive or obsessive relationship with food has numerous side effects that are physical, psychological and social. Your health is at risk as your body is under strain in its efforts to cope. Heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, arthritis, kidney/liver disease, osteoporosis, chronic pain and reduced sex drive are some physical symptoms. Food addiction is devastating to your mental health too with suicidal ideation, emotional detachment, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and panic attacks all affecting sufferers. From a social perspective food abusers note a decrease in performance at work or school, are isolated from loved ones, find little enjoyment in life and tend to avoid social events.

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Rehab and Recovery
When a compulsive over-eater has the realisation that their life has become untenable they ask for help. The team of professionals here at Crossroads Recovery Centre rehab acknowledge the severity of an addiction to food. You can be assured that our expert staff has the indispensable experience necessary to assist in your recovery – with about 80% of food addicts making a full recovery.
We know that beating your unhealthy overeating habit can seem tremendously overwhelming. This is why we have created a safe, nurturing environment and step by step programme administered by specialists on hand to steer you in the direction of recovery and mental wellness.

We fully comprehend the gravity of addiction at Crossroads Recovery Centre. We offer treatment options that range from detoxification to an intense, inpatient psychotherapeutic programme that carefully addresses the symptoms and causes of addiction. We have the help you need to get better. We have the guidance you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Most of all we want to see you blossom in good health.

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