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Author of “The Emotional Eating Workbook” and “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook”
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is the author of “The food Addiction Recovery Workbook”. A big asset of the book that it can help with would be identifying the underlying root cause of why you have developed a food addiction or why you developed it. The book is a workbook and it takes you through the same process that Dr. Ross uses in her work with her clients and also her online program, which is called the anchor program. It also gives you a very holistic approach to dealing with all things you need to deal with like not using food when you are having uneasy emotions or when something stressful comes up.
Dr. Ross speaks about food addiction of being an internal process and the addiction is not about the food itself. She touches on the risk factors of food addiction and one being the childhood experiences you have growing up if that includes things like parents themselves having addiction or mental health issues and having been neglected as a child and not having a close bond with a primary caregiver. She says that all of those factors are what makes it complicated to treat any kind of addiction including eating addictions, also the genetic factors if your parents have the addiction or a history of substance use that increases your risk and also changes the way your brain perceives pleasure in the dopamine rewards centre and what that means is that when you use drugs or eat food to get outside of yourself you do not produce as much dopamine as much as someone else would.
Dr. Ross became passionate about working in addictions because she has had addiction in her family including eating addiction, drug addiction and alcohol addiction. Also, when Dr. Ross was in her practice she saw a lot of women struggle with eating disorders and that drew her in that direction.
Eating addictions is a bigger problem than people think it is, to some people eating addictions are people who are extremely over weight and who do not get off of their couch but really eating addictions can manifest in anyone’s life big or small. Eating addictions are not about the food or not about the weight, for a long-time food addiction were related to weight but now they are more related to the lifestyle. Dr. Ross does more than just help people lose weight but actually help them heal because losing some weight is not a very sustainable way to live.
People of have a 12-step based program to go to if they are looking for help with their eating addiction there is over eaters anonymous and food addicts anonymous. Abstinent is encouraged in programs like NA, AA and GA but in OA (Overeaters Anonymous) or FAA (Food Addicts Anonymous) abstinence is not the goal because food is such a source of living and you need it to live. The goal for people recovering from food addiction is really to connect to the reason why they are using food in this way.
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