Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions are required for my chocolate addiction?
My service is tailored to the person I am treating, and I can’t give any indication without knowing more about your specific situation. There are many reasons for this with respect to food addictions:
- We use the general term ‘Food Addiction’ to refer to symptoms and behaviours which have a wide variety of causes, and it is the cause that my treatment tries to eliminate
- Different people react very differently to food, both in terms of getting addicted to it and in recovering from the addictions
- You are typically under social pressure which can make it easier or more difficult to change.
Just to dispel one myth, how long you have had the addiction for is generally not a reliable indicator of how easy or difficult it will be to change.
Is food addiction a thing?
Recent scientific studies show that food addiction is real.
Food elicits the same response for some people that addictive substances do, responses that stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain and serve to positively reinforce the activity that gave rise to them. That’s the definition of an addiction.
The person who asked this question cited a study that concluded that food addiction doesn’t exist (You can read the BBC report here). According to this report the ‘addiction’ is eating and not food. Having worked with people that are addicted to food, I would respectfully disagree. I have met clients who were addicted to eating in general, but have not yet met a client who was addicted to lettuce or some other food we consider healthy. There just seems to be something in some foods that makes it comforting or rewarding in our minds.
Don’t take my word for it however, you can try the NHS suggested food swaps and see whether they work for you. Which they should if you’re just enjoying the pleasure of eating.