Last updated: 11/15/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Food addiction can appear in a number of different ways; some are obsessed with eating certain types of foods, others obsess over the amount of food they eat (consuming very large portions or sometimes consuming very little), and still others may obsess over the timing of their meals or the method in which they consume their meals. When eating becomes more than just a necessity and consumes a person’s thought processes and actions, food addiction may be to blame. Fortunately, food addiction treatment can provide life changing education, support and healing to those in need.
Addiction, as defined by Perelman School of Medicine, is a complex disease that can be influenced by a number of genetic factors as well as many environmental factors and, though chronic, it is treatable. Food addiction, like many other behavioral disorders, often stems from a lack of understanding and knowledge as to the dangers and methods of coping with the problems at hand in any other positive manner. Education is vital to those in addiction treatment and it can provide life changing and most importantly, life saving measures including:
- a thorough understanding of the causes of the addiction and how to reduce the risk of such
- a background in the methods of coping with the addiction and in preventing future relapse
- an understanding of the risk factors of continued eating abnormalities and what can be done to fix the problem at hand
- informative gatherings for family and friends that can help to evolve social support for those in need
Much of the problems that surround food addiction are related to a lack of support from those who can help. Food addiction treatment will change your life because you will find that you have a solid, strong and sustainable support network that will help you through the tough times. The support that you receive in treatment for food addiction will come from various people including:
- your family and friends
- your spouse or loved one
- your peers in group counseling and therapy
- your counselors and therapists
- people that you meet in support groups
Often times, the bonds that are created by people who share similar addictive behaviors and goals in recovery are not only strong, they are lifelong. Many people find that the greatest change that comes from food addiction treatment is that they realize that they are not alone anymore, that they are not the only ones who feel the way that they feel, and that they can fight this battle—with the help and support of others.
Healing & Recovery
Healing is a slow process that takes time but is well worth the effort that you put into your recovery. Food addiction treatment will change your life in so many ways, healing and recovery will just be a few of the ongoing, life changing benefits that you receive from the time that you put into your own health. While you may have days when you feel like you can’t keep it up or you may even relapse, food addiction treatment will teach you that you can get back on track, you do have control and you will live a life of recovery if that’s what you’re looking for.