Often referred to as binge eating, compulsive overeating is an addiction to food that helps meet any of the following needs:
While compulsive overeating may relieve some problems, it is often short lived and never deals with the core issues.
Many compulsive eaters recognize that eating is not the issue, but rather that they eat due to some underlying problem, such as low self-esteem, fear, loneliness and the inability to handle stress. When people ignore these needs and use food as a temporary fix, the effects may include the following problems:
Overeating is an addiction that damages every part of a person’s life.
Compulsive overeating and addiction share fear and compulsion in the following ways:
With compulsive overeating and addiction share commonalities, many people use alcohol or drugs to temporarily relieve their state of distress, which is what food addicts wish to do.
Many people have co-occurring conditions, i.e. a mental health issue and a substance abuse problem, but when you look at the common components of overeating and addiction, these two separate issues need to be treated simultaneously. The most effective treatment for this issue is Dual Diagnosis treatment. Working in a coordinated manner, this treatment delves into the underlying causes of the conditions and heals them at the same time.
The sooner you get help for compulsive overeating and addiction, the greater the likelihood that you can recover. However, we understand that many people do not want to talk about their problems. To be assured of confidentiality and to get your questions answered, call our toll-free helpline any time as we are available 24 hours a day. We can help you find the right treatment program for overeating and addiction, and we can provide information about insurance and resources. We are here to help, so give us a try and call today.