Eating disorders are serious problems and should be treated as such. Common disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and all other eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). We know these are disorders, but are they related to food addiction as well?
We know that eating disorders can share some of the same characteristics as to why they occur, including physical causes, psychological causes, and spiritual causes, and researchers continue to investigate.
Physical causes of eating disorders, in some cases, can be attributed to chemicals in our brains that control appetite, digestion, and hunger being imbalanced. In addition to chemical imbalance, genetics may have a role to play here as well.
Psychological causes of eating disorders often are based off an attempt to manage overwhelming emotions and feelings. When one is feeling as though they have no control in their life, they may decide to start a diet in order to deal with difficult emotions.
Spiritual causes of eating disorders can possibly signify a disengagement of a greater power that could bring one hope, meaning, and purpose to their life.
Treatment is available for eating disorders, but it is important to understand that one with an addiction must be willing to receive help for it to truly work. That said, treatment for eating disorders generally are a combination of medical treatment and psychiatric treatment.
Right away, the therapy will focus on reaching a healthy weight, which will in turn lead to stabling one’s overall physical health. Once this is established, the second goal is to reduce and/or eliminate one’s eating behavior, usually with behavioral therapy. This can help the person’s eating habits return to a healthy state of being. Beyond these two approaches, many people will take part in supportive group therapy, which can be helpful to provide ongoing support. This ensures people are continuing to pay attention to the needs of their body and mind, and in turn keep their previous disorder at bay.
One of the most popular strategies when it comes to cure a behavioral addiction, such as an eating disorder, is complete abstinence of said behavior. Many addiction programs use a 12 step program to help support this abstinence, for example—Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. This is a great way to meet people who have struggled with similar addiction problems, and sharing personal stories has proven to be therapeutic in itself.
If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, remember it’s okay to ask for help. Contact Treatment Now right away, as we are available to answer any questions and help guide you toward the best form of treatment for you.
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