Independent practitioners have known about food addiction and the use of abstinent food plans since the 1980's. The practitioners listed here are familiar with supporting clients in the development of lifestyles that incorporate abstinent food plans for the long-term. They employ recovery models that are similar to recovery from addiction to substances of abuse.
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Treatment centers provide important relief from environmental pressures and a safe space for addicts to accomplish withdrawal and establish abstinence. Residents also receive expert support for working through personal issues which may be a barrier to recovery of normal eating patterns.
It is very important to evaluate services for food addicts carefully. Many 'weight-loss' programs can actually make food addiction worse. Services may claim to treat food addiction but leave addictive foods in the food plan. Food plans may not have enough calories which can intensify obsession with food. Food plans which fail to balance proteins with carbohydrates may result in glucose levels which are too high or too low. Pharmaceuticals have distressing side effects including depression, memory loss, and heart disease. For any of the services listed below, food addicts are encouraged to use the food lists available under the Handout page of this site.
Tools for Understanding and recovering
There are four major food addiction support Groups at Facebook. These are all closed Groups, so visitors must click on 'Join Group' and be approved before joining. Because Facebook requires a membership to enter the site, please find these Groups by using the search function at Facebook.
Food Addiction Education.This Group gives expert answers to questions concerning food addiction in an open classroom environment. It is open to food addicts, reporters, researchers, professionals, casual observers, and the like. However, the Group is explicitly closed to marketers.
Breaking Free from Food Addiction - The Kay Sheppard Group. Food addiction is characterized by obsession with food, obsession with weight and loss of control over the amount of food eaten. Addiction involves the compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating despite adverse consequences. Abstinence is achieved by the elimination of compulsive eating, volume eating, under eating, addictive eating, and all of the substances that will trigger an addictive response.
Food Addiction Recovery Food Addiction Recovery is a group that focuses on food as a drug and ways to manage that addiction. There is no right way to recovery. Your path is your own. Hopefully, through our group wisdom and support, we will all get closer to the freedom that comes when the food obsession is managed. Ask questions. Give support.
Food Addiction - Breaking It. This is a group dedicated to recovery through nutrition, fitness and support. There is no judgement, no ridicule and no sales. This is a safe place and where members will find their lives changing for the better. Post thoughts for support and others' knowledge.
Addiction Reset Community (ARC) This is a research-based, long-term recovery program run by Dr. Joan Ifland where you connect with like-minded people in three video chats and a conference call daily. Enjoy the instant relief from finally finding a patient community that really understands what you're going through. 24/365 support at Facebook and Private Messenger Chat. Members pace their own recovery so there is never any 'failure.'
'This is the only program that ever taught me how to get back up after a lapse. Now I'm finally moving forward.'
Food Addiction Books. The books are selected to educate food addicts about the science, to support, and to entertain.
Obesity/Food Addiction Summit This site was created following the Obesity/Food Addiction Summit held in Seattle in 2006. It houses the presentations given at the Summit by leading authorities in the field. Food Addiction Books. The books are selected to educate food addicts about the science, support, and entertain.
Food Addiction Research. This site provides education about the kinds of research conducted in food addiction.
Food Addicts Anonymous. This is the website for the 12 Step Group, Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA).
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. This is the website for the 12 Step Group, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA).
Diane Rohrbach, NTP, FARE Nutrition, Seattle, Washington
H. Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN, Renaissance Nutrition Center, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Mason Cross, Authentic Living, Chicago, Illinois
Karren-Lee Raymond, Two Listening Ears Counseling Service, Queensland, Australia
Kay Sheppard,MS, LMHC, CEDS, , The Kay Sheppard Club, Palm Bay, Florida
Lainie Epstein,PsyD, LLP Balance Psychological Therapy and Wellness, Huntington Woods, Michigan
Molly Carmel, LCSW The Beacon Program, New York, New York. Offering services to people struggling with food and weight issues - including food addiction, via digital programs, telecoaching, and a free consultation.
Natalie Gold, RP, changehappens.ca. Toronto, Canada
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACE, FACSM, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
Rhona Epstein, PsyD, CAC, Private practice, Paoli, Pennsylvania
Sue Roselle, MS CNS, Roselle Center, Fairfax, Virginia