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.
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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 a food addiction.
What Causes A Food Addiction?
Mental health disorders, stress, abuse, trauma, and genetics are all thought to be causes of a 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
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:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Stress management
- Mental health support
- Diet and nutritional supplement
- Satori Chair Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
Each of the treatments above focus 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.
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 a 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.
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.