Food Addiction Treatment Services in Essex
Food is an essential part of survival. We need it, along with water, warmth and shelter in order to survive. Food also happens to be a huge source of pleasure for most of us, providing not only enjoyment but a great deal of comfort for some.
Not only does it provide the sustenance we need, it also offers enjoyment for the senses too, in taste, smell and texture. For some however, this enjoyment and comfort becomes something we seek, moving over into a more serious addiction – just as real as drug addiction.
More often than not, the food addiction will surround more palatable foods that are rich in fat and sugar. This is because these foods trigger chemical reactions in the brain that bring on certain feelings and it’s these reactions that we seek again and again.
This is where it’s comparable to the more commonly known drug addiction and/or alcohol addiction as the food triggers the same chemical reactions in the brain as any other addicts drug of choice; providing the user with that feeling of ‘reward’ and it’s that good feeling that food addicts seek.
How Is Food Addiction Caused?
There are several causes of food addiction. These vary from biological to psychological and even social reasons. Biological causes can range from hormone imbalances to brain function and even side effects of different medications. Psychological causes can range from emotional or sexual abuse, trauma from the past or even a reaction to negative situations in the present.
Social causes however, can include family disturbances, peer pressure or even lack of social support. Food becomes a source of comfort and can in some cases, be associated with what’s known as co-occurring disorders such as eating disorders or even substance abuse.
Signs & Symptoms Of Food Addiction
There are numerous signs and symptoms of a food addiction, here are just some of them you may recognise in yourself or others:
- Gorging on food
- Eating to the point that you’re ill
- Going beyond reasonable lengths to obtain food
- Continuing to eat certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry and/or feel ill
- Secret eating
- Avoiding social situations in order to spend time eating particular foods
- Decreased efficiency in daily lives
- Spending a lot of money buying certain foods
- Lowered energy and chronic fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
- Digestive problems
Food Addiction Treatment Essex
If you or a loved one is suffering from one or all of the above symptoms, it may be time to seek addiction treatment options. Without the necessary treatment, food addiction can become a rather vicious circle that can be hard to get out of.
Living with an addiction such as a food addiction can affect every area of your life however, with the right treatment, it can become a thing of the past.
Contact Infinity Addiction Today
Here at Infinity Addiction, we have several different treatment options available in our facility. We tailor our treatment plans to suit not only the addiction but the addict themselves. Our specialised food addiction treatment will have you on the road to recovery, armed with the tools you need to tackle the pitfalls along the way.
If you think you, or a loved one may be suffering from a food addiction, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0800 3345541. Our team is here to help you overcome addiction in the safest, most efficient way possible.
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