In the United Kingdom, literally hundreds of thousands of people put their health at risk because they suffer from an undiagnosed condition known as compulsive overeating. The most obvious sign of compulsive overeating is that you will become overweight. However, this is merely a symptom of compulsive overeating.
The underlying cause of compulsive overeating is generally mental in nature. This means effective food addiction rehab must aim to tackle these mental issues during the course of the rehab programme.
A mental approach to food addiction treatment
Food addiction and compulsive overeating are not unlike other eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. This is because those who engage in overeating essentially do so as a means of covering up negative emotions and feelings. Thus, these people effectively use food to ‘self-medicate’ their emotional problems.
Over the course of weeks, months and years, overeating becomes a compulsion. The hallmark of any compulsion is that it cannot be stopped using rational thought. To help the sufferer overcome the compulsion to engage in overeating, a number of therapy techniques must be employed. If food addiction is treated at a food addiction rehab clinic without regard to these mental disorders, then the client is likely to relapse shortly after leaving the clinic.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we maintain contacts with eating disorder units and food addiction rehabs across the United Kingdom. When you contact us, we ensure you begin food addiction rehab at a clinic that will ensure the mental causes of your food addiction are effectively tackled.
Upon admission into a food addiction rehab clinic, a thorough assessment will be completed. This assessment is conducted by a psychiatrist and a nutritionist. The psychiatrist will build up a complete history of your food addiction and any associated mental health problems. A physical examination will also take place.
The link between mental health and food addiction
Experts agree that food addiction is essentially a symptom of deeper mental health problems. During food addiction rehab, a number of treatments are offered that aim to eliminate these mental health problems. These treatments form the key focus of your overall treatment plan.
Common mental health problems that co-occur alongside food addiction include:
- Sleeping disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anxiety and depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance misuse
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCD)
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we ensure you are recommended to an eating addiction rehab clinic that treats the symptoms of overeating but also the underlying mental health issues. We promote a holistic approach to eating addiction treatment because this approach is likely to result in long-term recovery from compulsive eating and overeating.
What happens before I enter an eating addiction rehab clinic?
Before you begin treatment, a full pre-admission assessment is carried out. This assessment allows the clinic to formulate a personalised treatment plan. This treatment plan will have regard to your experiences with overeating and any treatment you have undergone in the past. Also, a full physical and psychiatric assessment are carried out. This helps to inform the clinic about any possible co-occurring mental or physical health problems you may be experiencing. We believe this approach to overeating and compulsive eating disorder is perhaps the key distinguishing factor that separates our network of eating addiction rehabs from all others.
During this time, we will, with your permission, contact any treatment clinics you have attended in the past. This helps us to build a more accurate picture regarding your history with overeating. We may also request sight of your physical health records from your primary care trust.
On the day of your admission into an eating addiction rehab clinic, you will undergo an in-person examination conducted by a psychiatrist. Several other medical professionals may also be present during this assessment. These professionals typically include therapists, psychiatric nurses, dieticians and eating disorder specialists.
Assessing your motivation to succeed
Whilst individual rehab clinics we recommend have designed highly effective eating addiction treatments, no form of treatment is considered ‘foolproof’ if you are simply not ready to implement the required change. For your treatment to succeed, it is vitally important for you to cooperate with the clinical team during the course of your treatment programme.
When you arrive at the rehab clinic, a multi-disciplinary team of experts will work in tandem to ensure your issues are successfully resolved, but you yourself are perhaps the most important member of this team, and so we recommend you take full stock of your willingness to change before you consider admitting yourself into an eating addiction rehab clinic.
What happens during an eating addiction rehab programme?
Following the completion of your initial assessment, your assigned support worker will explain your various treatment goals. You will then begin to carry out your personal treatment plan via daily therapy and counselling sessions. You will also take part in interactive workshops that aim to educate you on the principles of sound nutrition. At regular intervals, your support worker will review your progress to ensure your treatment goals are being met. Towards the conclusion of your treatment programme, you will also undergo a final psychiatric assessment. This ensures a full risk assessment is carried out before you return home.
If necessary, other medical professionals may also be called upon to help treat complications arising from your eating disorder. These professionals may include gynecologists, cardiologists, dentists, and gastroenterologists.
A tailored approach to eating addiction rehab
Each clinic we recommend is dedicating to meeting your unique care needs. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we believe every person suffering from an eating disorder of any variety are truly unique. We promote treatment that’s empowering, uplifting and anything but shaming and condescending.
Many people working in eating disorder rehabs are themselves recovering from an eating disorder. This means staff members understand exactly what you are going through at a deeply intimate level.
The overall goals of eating addiction rehab
Above all, staff members understand you overeat for emotional reasons, and the entire focus of your treatment is about helping you process these emotions in more productive and less destructive ways.
In essence, your rehab treatment aims to:
- Helping you develop the courage to make healthier decisions that help to promote your recovery
- To improve your awareness about negative emotions such as stress, shame, and anxiety
- To identify negative thought patterns that threaten your recovery
- To identify your triggers of eating addiction. These triggers are a mixture of physical and psychological cues
- Helping you improve your emotional regulation skills, self-acceptance, and distress tolerance skills
The clinical staff will not make any assumptions about your issues, and an effort will always be made to tailor established treatments to your circumstances. Instead, staff will aim to assist you in developing your mental and physical strength. This will arm you with the ability to sustain your recovery for the long term.
Is there a cure for eating addiction?
One point we would like to make clear from the outset is that there is no ‘cure’ for an eating disorder. This includes eating addiction, overeating and compulsive eating disorder. Instead, you must actively work on your recovery for the rest of your life. If you do not work on your recovery, you will increase the risk of relapse.
During your time at an eating addiction rehab clinic, you will develop the skills and mental fortitude that will allow you to sustain your recovery for the long term. You will be given the skills to help you better regulate your emotional state. You will also be taught to identify eating disorder triggers. This will allow you to either better cope with these triggers or to completely avoid them in the first place. In time, your confidence in your ability to develop healthier and more fulfilling eating habits will improve. In short, you will lay down the foundations required for long-term eating addiction recovery.
An inventory of treatments you will receive
Below, we list a number of treatments you will receive during your rehab programme. All of these treatments aim to assist you in making healthier lifestyle choices. Treatments also help you to process your emotions so you do not rely on food in order to regulate your mood.
These therapies include:
- Group and one-to-one therapy sessions
- Educational workshops
- Nutrition and meal planning
- Behavioural modification
- Emotion management
- Family therapy
- The 12-step cycle
- Holistic therapies
Need help today? Call us now
If you would like to learn more about attending an eating addiction rehab clinic, contact us today on 0800 140 4690. When you contact us, our advisors will offer further information about eating disorder clinics in your area. Many of these eating disorder clinics are privately run. However, we also work with a number of NHS eating disorder clinics across the United Kingdom.