Are you struggling with food addiction?

If you are struggling with an addiction to food or behaviours that don’t serve your best interests then seeing a CBT Therapist can help you with your addiction.

What is food addiction?

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

For those with an addiction to food, consumption can trigger chemical reactions in the brain that induce feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

As the food addict continues to gorge upon foods that induce pleasurable feelings, they often overindulge and eat beyond what is required for satiety and normal nutrition.

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your addiction problems when:
You are finding it hard to cut down on or control your consumption of food
Your life is increasingly revolving around your addiction
Your are hiding your eating from others
You feel shame or guilt after consuming food
You keep eating even when feeling excessively stuffed
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I feel like I have a better understanding of my reactions and have better tools to be able to deal with the current issues.
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What you need to know

Cognitive behavioral therapy has shown great success in treating addiction when used alone or as part of a treatment plan that utilizes other therapies. Most commonly though, in rehab programs, CBT will be supported by a variety of other therapies which are tailored to a person’s unique needs.
If you're offered CBT, it will usually be in group sessions with other people, but it may also be offered as 1-to-1 sessions with a therapist.
You should be offered about 16 weekly sessions over 4 months, each one lasting about 90 minutes for a group session and 60 minutes for an individual session.
CBT involves talking to a therapist, who will help you explore patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that could be contributing to your eating disorder.
They will help you:
PLAN out the meals and snacks you should have during the day, to help you adopt regular eating habits
WORK out what is triggering your binge eating
CHANGE and manage negative feelings about your body
STICK to your new eating habits so you do not relapse into binge eating
You should not try to diet while you're having treatment because this can make it more difficult to stop binge eating.
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