Because we need food to survive, our desire to eat is hardwired into our brains. Craving food when you are hungry or getting pleasure from a delicious meal are, of course, perfectly normal experiences. But for some, it goes beyond that. People who suffer from food addiction binge eat uncontrollably, often until they are painfully full. This usually involves high-fat or high-sugar foods that trigger a pleasurable dopamine release or ‘high’. But this high is always followed by a crash-landing, and then they feel worse than they did in the first place – and the self-loathing that results starts the cycle all over again.
If this sounds familiar, we want you to know that there is hope – and we can help. Though food addiction can sometimes feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, the truth is that with a comprehensive treatment programme and robust support network, you can recover for good.
Here are some ways to distinguish between occasional overeating and food addiction:
Food addiction can have detrimental impacts on your health, such as:
Compulsive overeating is marked by intense feelings of guilt and shame, which can lead to major depression. This is compounded by obesity and poor body image.
The Dawn’s holistic treatment programme is administered by a highly qualified clinical team, with many years of experience treating behavioural addictions and mental health conditions.
We don’t just treat your eating behaviour – we look deeper into the root cause of it and the resulting emotional, physical and psychological impact to formulate a treatment plan that addresses you as a whole. And when you address these underlying problems at the source of your food addiction, you will find that changing your unwanted patterns is more possible than you imagined.
Evidence shows that those who complete inpatient treatment are more likely to maintain their recovery long-term than those who seek outpatient treatment. This is because, in residential treatment, you receive comprehensive care from a variety of therapists while living onsite and putting your focus 100 percent on your treatment programme. As a resident, more time each day is set aside for active steps towards recovery, and everything you do – from individual counselling to fitness therapy to recreational outings – has therapeutic value.
Our comprehensive Twin Pillars treatment programme involves both addiction counselling and holistic wellness therapies, to help you overcome your addiction and set you up for a life of wellness.
We employ evidence-based methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) and a secular version of the 12 Steps. This multifaceted approach helps you gain a healthy perspective on your addiction, develop tools to change your negative thought and behavioural patterns and cultivate a practice that sustains your recovery.
Your counsellor will work with you to create a customised relapse prevention plan, and you will have access to our free online aftercare programme after you leave residential treatment.
You will participate in a variety of alternative therapies that enhance your counselling work and help you de-stress and live in the present moment. These include:
You’ll also enjoy making use of our gym, swimming pool and relaxing riverside meditation spaces throughout your stay.
When undertaking a challenge as important as battling food addiction, it is important to remove all the stressors, triggers, negative influences and unnecessary obstacles in your path. Here at our peaceful riverside sanctuary in Northern Thailand, you will have the opportunity to take a step back, assess what’s going on in your life, and start making the changes you and your loved ones have been so badly wanting. And, you will also be immersed in Thailand’s natural beauty and friendly local culture, helping to soothe your senses and clear your mind of negativity so you can focus on your personal growth.
We provide a mixture of Eastern and Western methods to ensure that our clients get all the tools they need to lead a balanced life.
We help you identify your triggers and determine which coping mechanisms work best for you to prevent relapse.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: