It is commonly known that millions of people around the world are affected by drug addiction and alcohol addiction, but another form of addiction that is not as well known is called behavioural addiction. Behavioural addiction, or process addiction, occurs when a person becomes dependent to a certain activity or process (such as food or sex), despite its negative consequences. Any form of addiction should be taken seriously as it can have detrimental effects on the life of an addict, as well as those who care for them. Choosing a comprehensive food addiction treatment programme can change a person’s life.
Food addiction is a behavioural addiction that is caused by a fault in the brain’s reward system. An eating addiction is defined by the impulse to over-consume particular foods regardless of the adverse consequences. Food addiction can also include harmful habits such as bingeing and purging. The types of foods that tend to appeal to food addicts are ‘junk foods’, which are sugary, salty and fatty.
These junk foods trigger the pleasure centre in the brain and produce a reaction that is comparable to that of drug and alcohol addiction. People become addicted to the pleasurable feelings that they receive from eating these foods, which are caused by a flood of dopamine in the brain. They keep eating to prolong theses feelings, even if they are not hungry.
Addiction can be tricky to identify, especially when it comes to food addiction because eating is a necessity. Many food addicts conceal their problem by hiding food or eating in private. Some other signs of food addiction include:
Food addiction has negative effects on all aspects of daily life. Health effects of food addiction include:
Food addiction also has emotional and social effects, such as:
Treating food addiction requires the same treatment as other forms of addiction, due to the way that an addict’s brain functions. The Dawn offers treatment for behavioural addictions through a personalised treatment programme that is specifically designed to cater to each of our clients, based on their qualitative assessment results. We recognise the importance of getting to the root cause of our client’s addiction in order to pinpoint key triggers and encourage positive thinking. We use our very own method known as the Twin Pillars Approach, which focuses on rehab and wellness.
The Dawn’s treatment programme emphasises key aspects in overcoming food addiction, such as managing cravings and changing behaviours by using a combination of methods like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and the 12 Step method. Food addicts can benefit from MBCT because it teaches them how to manage their triggers by helping them recognise the right behavioural responses in everyday life through self-awareness. The 12 Step method helps them manage their addictions in a safe and nurturing environment.
We also ensure that all clients receive proper nutrition, which is a vital part of recovery for food addicts. People with food addiction often have chemical imbalances or nutritional deficiencies, so a proper nutrition plan can help control or eliminate cravings.
There are many benefits when it comes to choosing inpatient rehab for food addiction treatment. During inpatient rehab, clients stay at a private accommodation onsite and receive treatment at the same time. They will have care available to them round-the-clock, which is beneficial for managing cravings and uncomfortable feelings should they occur. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of inpatient rehab for food addiction is that the addict is under close supervision throughout the duration of the programme, which helps them stay on track. Inpatient rehab is also community oriented and encourages peer support.
Those who are battling uncontrollable craving for food can benefit from The Dawn’s food addiction treatment programme. We offer a one-of-a-kind method of treating addictions through our Twin Pillars approach, which is conducted by our licensed team of addiction professionals with extensive experience. Our clients stay in private accommodation in world-class, riverside-setting facilities in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Our high-quality treatments are affordable, at a quarter of the price of a Western alternative. There are also nutrition programmes available, with a top-level onsite chef.
The sooner you get help, the better your chances of making a full recovery. Contact us today to receive a no obligations assessment and find out how we can help you overcome your addiction. You can also call us on one of our toll-free numbers listed on our Contact Us page.