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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.
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242 -Addressing Eating Issues and Food Addiction
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~ Examine the difference between overeating and food addiction
~ Evaluate myths about food addiction
~ Explore the behavioral and biological mechanisms underlying food addiction
~ Identify ways to address food addiction triggers
Why I Care/How It Impacts Recovery
~ Excessive food consumption is socially acceptable and food addiction rarely causes imminent legal problems, so it can go unchecked for a long time
~ For some people, addictive behaviors started with food addiction
~ For others, when their substance of choice was removed, food was available for self-soothing
~ Regularly using food to self-soothe is, at the very least, a relapse warning sign if not a full-blown relapse.
Food Addiction vs. Overeating
~ Food can become an addiction, when it is used to
~ Escape from negative feeling states AND
~ Continues to be used despite negative consequences
~ The person experiences psychological withdrawals and cravings when he or she cannot access food to cope
~ Overeating is often a bad habit, but can be stopped with education, planning and mindfulness
Food Addiction vs. Overeating
~ Experiments show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by other addictions are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods.
~ Highly palatable foods are foods rich in:
Signs and Symptoms
~ You frequently crave certain foods
~ You often eat even when you are not hungry.
~ You eat much more than you intended to, sometimes to the point of feeling excessively “stuffed.”
~ You often feel guilty after eating particular foods
~ You sometimes make excuses in your head about why you should eat something that you are craving.
~ You have repeatedly tried to quit eating or setting rules (includes cheat meals/days) about certain foods, but been unsuccessful.
~ You often hide your consumption of unhealthy foods from others.
~ You feel unable to control your consumption of unhealthy foods, despite knowing that they are causing you physical harm (includes weight gain).
Signs and Symptoms cont…
~ You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts that you start eating food instead of w