Food Addiction Treatment Center

Food Addiction Treatment Center

A food addiction treatment center can help you overcome a wide range of eating disorders. With the right support system and treatment resources, you can radically transform your life. 

Keep reading to learn more about our food addiction treatment center and a handful of the eating disorders that we treat.

What is Food Addiction?

Food is essential to human survival and overall well-being. It is also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. It is more than okay to eat for pleasure at times, but if it begins to negatively impact your life then it may be a food addiction. In many cases, food addiction can become as serious as drug and alcohol addiction. Highly palatable foods (which are often rich in fat, sugar, and/or salt) cause a chemical reaction in the brain that causes feelings of pleasure. 

Similarly to drug addiction, this activates the brain’s reward system. Food addiction leads individuals to eat even when they’re not hungry. These toxic habits can lead to overeating and using food as a coping mechanism. Overindulging beyond normal nutrition impacts physical and mental health. The food we consume directly affects our mind and ability to cognitively function. 

Food addiction can have severe physical, emotional, and social consequences. Some of these issues may include digestive problems, heart disease, obesity, low-self esteem, depression, and isolation. Fortunately, food addiction can be worked through at a treatment center. With the right resources and support, you can tackle your food addiction with confidence!

A food addict will often re-engage in these destructive behaviors, even amidst undesired consequences, due to the need for induced feelings of pleasure.

What Causes Food Addiction?

Food addiction can stem from many different factors. An individual may form a food addiction as a result of biological, psychological, or social factors. Biological factors can include hormonal imbalances, abnormalities in certain brain structures, or side effects from medications.

Psychological causes are another important factor to consider. Food addiction can stem from emotional or sexual abuse, traumatic experiences, inability to form healthy coping mechanisms, chronic low-self esteem, or intense grief.

Food addiction may also be accompanied by other co-occurring disorders, such as eating disorders or drug/alcohol addiction. Mental health disorders must be treated at a treatment center to prevent symptoms from worsening over time.

Our food addiction treatment center can help you transform your life.

What are the Signs of Food Addiction?

Food addiction symptoms will range from person to person depending on their unique situation. However, general symptoms typically include: 

  • Eating until you feel sick
  • Going out of your way to obtain certain foods
  • Eating even when you’re full
  • Eating in secret, isolation
  • Isolating yourself so that you can consume certain foods
  • Difficulty functioning at work due to decreased efficiency
  • Decreased energy, chronic fatigue
  • Trouble focusing
  • Sleep disorders
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts 

If you or a loved one has experienced these symptoms, please reach out to us so we can help you. The first step to overcoming addiction is seeking help at a food addiction treatment center.

What are the Effects of Food Addiction?

Struggling with food addiction can lead to many negative short-term and long-term effects. If food addiction is left alone, it can cause the onset of chronic symptoms.

Taking the time to educate yourself on the symptoms of food addiction will help you honestly assess where you’re at. The sooner you can receive help, the better.

Physical Effects:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Issues
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Severe fatigue
  • Severe pain
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Kidney/Liver Disease
  • Osteoporosi

Psychological Effects:

  • Poor self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased feelings of anxiety
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or in despair
  • Increased irritability, especially if access to desired food is restricted
  • Emotional detachment or numbness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Social Effects: 

  • Poor functioning at work or school
  • Social isolation
  • No longer enjoying hobbies or activities as much

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are classified as psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits to develop. Eating disorders can begin as an obsession with food, body weight, or body shape.

In other instances, eating disorders can result in chronic health effects. Seeking help at a food addiction treatment center can help you overcome your eating disorder.

Eating disorders tend to involve the restriction of food, food binges, or purging behaviors like vomiting or over-exercising. Eating disorders can affect people of any gender at any life stage. 

However, eating disorders are most often reported in adolescents and young women. Studies have even shown that up to 13% of youth may experience at least one eating disorder by the age of 20.

What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?

There are many different types of eating disorders. Below we listed a handful of eating disorders you can begin to educate yourself about. 

1. Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is when people see themselves as overweight, even if they’re dangerously underweight. Anorexia can lead to consistent monitoring of weight, avoiding foods, and a dangerous restriction of calories.

Common signs of this eating disorder include:

  • Significantly underweight compared to individuals with similar age and height
  • Severe restriction of eating patterns
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • A distorted body image, including the denial of being seriously underweight

Anorexia has many adverse effects on an individual’s health. LEaving anorexia untreated can lead to the thinning of their bones, infertility, brittle hair and nails, and the growth of a layer of fine hair all over their body.

2. Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa also referred to as bulimia, is a psychological eating disorder that is characterized by episodes of binge eating. Binge eating episodes are followed by inappropriate methods for trying to lose weight. 

These unhealthy and dangerous methods may include vomiting, fasting, enemas, excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, or compulsive exercising.

Common symptoms of bulimia include:

  • Frequently checking weight
  • Often judging appearance
  • Won’t eat at restaurants 
  • Always on a new diet 
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom after eating
  • Wearing baggy clothes 
  • Exercising excessively
  • Unstable mood

Individuals struggling with Bulimia tend to show symptoms in childhood or early adulthood. People with bulimia often feel ashamed as they eat which then leads to purging behavior.

People with bulimia may have an irrational fear about gaining weight, losing weight, as well as feeling intensely unhappy with their bodies.

3. Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder categorized by consuming abnormal amounts of food feeling like you’re unable to step. 

It is normal to overeat on occasion, like having seconds or thirds on Thanksgiving. For certain individuals, excessive overeating can become a habitual occurrence that leads to binge-eating disorder.

Symptoms of binge-eating disorder may include:

  • Eating unusually large amounts of food within a certain time frame
  • Out of control eating habits
  • Eating despite being full
  • Eating rapidly during binge episodes
  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
  • Frequently eating by yourself
  • Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty, or upset about your eating

4. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is sometimes referred to as “extreme picky eating”. It’s an eating disorder impacting thousands of individuals, particularly children. 

Types of ARFID:

  1. Lack of interest: Individuals who have this type of ARFID genuinely do not care for eating. They may also get full quickly.
  2. Sensory Avoidance: These individuals have issues regarding food tastes, textures, temperature, and smell.
  3. Fear of Aversive Consequences: This includes fear of illness, choking, nausea, and allergies

Symptoms:

  • Barely eating
  • Eating foods of similar characteristics, such as only eating yellow foods
  • Preferences for particular food preparation methods
  • Eliminating food

Residential Treatment at a Food Addiction Treatment Center

Residential treatment is the highest level of care offered at our food addiction treatment center. 

You’ll receive 24/7 medical support and care throughout the entire food addiction treatment process.

Treatment will include a unique combination of evidence-based therapies to help you overcome food addiction or eating disorders. Each plan is uniquely tailored to the individual. Residential treatment will also include detoxification and medical services, if necessary.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment at a Food Addiction Treatment Center

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) offer high-quality care without requiring the recovering individual to reside at our food addiction treatment center.PHP programs generally take place five days every week at our food addiction treatment center. 

We offer a wide range of services such as

  • Medical support
  • Mental health counseling
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Relapse prevention
  • Art therapy

Outpatient Treatment at a Food Addiction Treatment Center

Outpatient treatment is the most flexible option at our food addiction treatment center. Outpatient treatment includes standard programs, as well as intensive outpatient programs. Treatment can include anywhere from one session a week to several sessions a day, five days a week. 

Treatment for food addiction and eating disorders will include mental health counseling, medical care, support groups, holistic solutions, and many other services.

Transform Your Life At Our Food Addiction Treatment Center

Our dedicated staff of addiction counselors will be there to support you from day one. Contact us here to learn more about food addiction and eating disorder treatment resources. We’re waiting for your call!