What is Food Addiction?
The 11 DSM-5 criteria for a substance use disorder include:
- Hazardous use: You’ve used the substance in ways that are dangerous to yourself and/or others, i.e., overdosed, driven while under the influence, or blacked out.
- Social or interpersonal problems related to use: Your substance use has caused relationship problems or conflicts with others.
- Neglected major roles to use: You’ve failed to meet your responsibilities at work, school, or home because of your substance use.
- Withdrawal: When you’ve stopped using the substance, you’ve experienced withdrawal symptoms.
- Tolerance: You’ve built up a tolerance to the substance so that you have to use more to get the same effect.
- Used larger amounts/longer: You’ve started to use larger amounts or use the substance for longer amounts of time.
- Repeated attempts to control use or quit: You’ve tried to cut back or quit entirely, but haven’t been successful.
- Much time spent using: You spend a lot of your time using the substance.
- Physical or psychological problems related to use: Your substance use has led to physical health problems like liver damage or lung cancer, or psychological issues, such as depression or anxiety.
- Activities given up to use: You’ve skipped activities or stopped doing activities you once enjoyed in order to use the substance.
- Craving: You’ve experienced cravings for the substance.
How can you help?
Begin to feel better…
There is hope!! The most important thing to understand when one has struggled with food addiction is to realize that a lot of the mainstream dietary approaches and advice may not work for them. You CAN feel better when you understand the brain science and are given the right tools to help with your recovery. My hope is that every single person who struggles with food is able to find recovery and freedom from the obsession. It is my mission to help you on that journey.