Because we need food to survive, our desire to eat is hardwired into our brains. Craving food when you’re 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’re painfully full. This usually involves high-fat or high-sugar foods that trigger a pleasurable dopamine release. But once the crash ensues, 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’s hope – and we can help. Though food addiction can sometimes make it feel like there’s 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.
We provide a mixture of Eastern and Western methods to ensure that our clients get all the tools that they need to lead a happy life.
We help you identify your triggers and determine which coping mechanisms work best for you to prevent relapse.
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 integrative treatment programme is administered by our highly qualified clinical team, led by David Smallwood, former clinical director of the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland and manager of the addiction unit at the Priory Hospital in London.
We don’t just treat your eating behaviours – we look deeper into your emotional, physical and psychological needs to formulate a treatment plan that addresses you as a whole. And when you address the underlying problems at the source of your food addiction, you’ll 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. That’s because, in residential treatment, you receive comprehensive care from a variety of therapists while living onsite and dedicating 100 percent of your focus to your treatment programme. As a resident, more time each day is set aside for active steps toward 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 patterns and cultivate a practice that sustains your recovery.
Your counsellor will work with you to create a customised relapse prevention plan, and you’ll have access to our free, eight-week online aftercare programme after you leave residential treatment.
You’ll receive a variety of alternative therapies that support your progress in counselling and help you de-stress and come into 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 you’re undertaking a challenge as important as battling food addiction, it’s important to remove all the unnecessary obstacles in your path. That includes the stressors, triggers and negative influences that put you at risk for relapse. Here at our peaceful riverside sanctuary in Northern Thailand, you’ll 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’ll 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 believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: