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Food addictions are behavioural disorders that significantly impact how approximately 20% of the global population consume food.

When a food addiction emerges, food addiction treatment & rehab must be secured to ensure that appropriate treatment can be completed.

Understanding Food Addictions

Just as those who develop alcohol and drug addictions become reliant on the euphoric highs that substances provide, individuals who become addicted to food will chase the pleasurable sensations that eating foods that are high in sugar, carbohydrates, and fat offer.

Awakening feel-good hormones, eating these food groups enable many to push negative thoughts they may encounter to one side for a short period. However, the highs these food groups provide wear off somewhat quickly, leaving many to experience low moods.

As the brain begins to associate certain foods with joyful sensations, cravings arise. Often intense, many succumb and find themselves struggling with food addiction.


What Causes A Food Addiction?

Mental health disorders, stress, abuse, trauma, and genetics are all thought to be causes of food addiction. However, the cause of one person’s food addiction will likely be significantly different to the cause of another person’s addiction.

It can often be challenging to ascertain the cause of addiction independently. However, when food addiction treatment & rehab is secured, therapy enables those in recovery to come to terms with the root cause of their addiction. Doing so ensures that appropriate treatment and relapse prevention care can be provided.


Food Addiction Treatment & Rehab At Asana Lodge

At Asana Lodge, our medical team and addiction recovery specialists provide outstanding treatments, around the clock support and care to each individual who secures treatment at our residential rehab.

Understanding that no one addiction is the same, treatment is personalised to our client’s needs to ensure that they can overcome their food addiction and secure a future free from the shackles of addiction.

While treatment options vary, it is not uncommon for the following treatments to be incorporated into our tailored treatment programmes:

Each of the treatments above focuses on helping our clients overcome the physical, psychological, and behavioural aspects of their food addiction.

Below, we have shared how a selection of our treatments support those in recovery.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Regarded as one of the leading therapies for addiction treatment, cognitive behavioural therapy identifies the cause of food addictions, triggers and negative thoughts that contribute to food addictions. In understanding these factors, cognitive behavioural therapy helps those in recovery navigate compulsions that could otherwise lead to a relapse.

Mental Health Support

Food addictions arise from various factors. However, mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and stress are often cited as the leading causes. This is because mental health disorders and chronic stress can lead to overeating, which increases the risk of a food addiction surfacing.

Many individuals also turn to food for comfort when they cannot cope with thoughts and feelings encountered because of mental health disorders.

To ensure that mental health disorders can be treated, mental health support is provided to our clients. When mental health support is required, dual diagnosis treatment is encountered. This treatment ensures that food addictions and mental health problems can be simultaneously overcome by employing various psychological and well-being therapies.

Diet and Nutritional Supplement

As touched on above, when food addictions arise, many individuals turn to foods that are high in sugar, fat, salt, and carbohydrates. While these food groups are harmless when eaten in moderation, consuming too much of these foods contributes to physical health problems.

At Asana Lodge, we provide diet and nutritional supplement treatment to help our clients understand the different food groups. We additionally offer our clients appropriate treatment to ensure that vitamin deficiencies can be restored.

Relapse Prevention

Though many of our treatments are administered during an individual’s time in our residential rehab, at Asana Lodge, we are dedicated to ensuring that our clients have every chance of maintaining their recovery. As a result, relapse prevention plans are provided as treatment is completed.

Relapse prevention plans outline identified triggers and share coping strategies that enable our clients to mitigate the risk of relapse. When relapse is imminent, our relapse prevention support also ensures that our clients know who they can contact for immediate help.

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Overcoming a food addiction without professional treatment is extremely difficult. Yet, when food addiction treatment & rehab is sought, many go on to make a long-term recovery and secure a healthier relationship with food.

To find out more about our residential food addiction treatment & rehab, contact us today. Likewise, to refer yourself or a loved one for treatment at our rehab, do not hesitate to call us directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Food Addiction?

When food addiction treatment & rehab is not sought, the risk of experiencing long-term health effects such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and stroke increases. Though these long-term effects can be managed with medical treatment, they are often irreversible.

How Long Does Food Addiction Treatment Take?

Food addiction treatment usually takes 28-days to complete. However, some of our clients remain in our rehab for up to 90-days.

How Do I Secure Help for A Food Addiction at Asana Lodge?

To secure help for a food addiction at Asana Lodge, you will need to complete our admissions process. This consists of making an initial enquiry and participating in a pre-admission assessment. Our pre-admission assessment will encourage you to discuss your food addiction and answer a few questions to ensure our admissions team can understand your food addiction in greater detail. From here, they will offer a wealth of advice and information surrounding suitable treatments. If you are happy with the information provided, a small deposit will be requested to reserve your place in our rehab. We will then offer you an admissions date.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 3 August 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures