Effective and Affordable Food Addiction Treatment for Saudis at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Do you think about food constantly, eat when you’re not hungry and frequently have cravings you can’t resist – no matter how hard you try?
You’re not alone. Obesity – a common side effect of food addiction – is on the rise worldwide, and Saudi Arabia is no exception. Most recently it was estimated that 7 in 10, or 70% of all Saudis are considered obese or overweight.
Everyone experiences occasional food cravings, but if eating and thoughts of food consume your life, you may be struggling with a food addiction.
The good news is that there’s help. The Cabin’s effective and innovative treatment can free you from food addiction and help you regain a healthy relationship with eating.
What is Food Addiction?
Food addiction is a process addiction caused by a malfunction in the brain’s reward circuitry. It’s classified by the compulsion to over-consume certain foods despite negative consequences. It can also include habits of binging and purging (i.e. bulimia).
The foods that addicts commonly struggle with are fatty, sugary and salty options or ‘junk’ food. These junk foods activate the brain’s pleasure centre, producing a response similar to that seen in drug and alcohol addiction.
You become addicted to the good feelings associated with consuming these foods and continue to eat, despite not being hungry, in order to prolong the feeling of pleasure caused by dopamine flooding the brain.
Signs and symptoms of food addiction include:
- Inability to stop eating certain foods once you start
- Overeating to the point of feeling ill
- Preoccupation with thoughts of food
- Going out of your way to obtain desired food
- Having an increased ‘tolerance’ to certain foods and needing to eat more in order to feel satisfaction
- Continuing the disordered eating behaviour despite negative consequences
Consequences of Compulsive Eating
Food addiction negatively affects every facet of daily life.
The physical consequences of food addiction include:
- High cholesterol
- Extreme fatigue
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Kidney disease
- Bone deterioration
The social and emotional consequences of food addiction are:
- Feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness and depression
- Avoiding social situations that involve food and isolation from others
- Impaired performance at work or school due to behaviour regarding food
- Lack of enjoyment in life, in some cases leading to suicidal thoughts
The Cabin Chiang Mai: Effective, Confidential Food Addiction Treatment
If you’re struggling with food addiction, The Cabin Chiang Mai’s inpatient programme is the turning point you’ve been looking for. We have a unique method for treating bulimia and over-eating, as we approach these disorders from an addiction standpoint. The Cabin’s proven Recovery Zones method, which has a 96% completion rate, is specifically designed to treat process addictions for which complete abstinence is not possible.
Instead of focusing on your weight, we get to the root cause of your food addiction. Certified and highly-trained clinical professionals help you create a treatment plan individually tailored to your needs. With the combined techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the 12 Steps and mindfulness, we provide you with the tools necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle free from your addiction.
An on-site nutritionist will teach you about using ‘real’ food as fuel for your body and mind and help you develop the skills of shopping for and preparing healthy meals. Treatment is coupled with an exercise programme that focuses not on weight loss, but on learning the skills you need to relate to your fitness in a healthy way. We also use holistic therapies like yoga and reiki as tools to assist you in the recovery process.
The Time For Change Is Now.
The sooner your food addiction is treated, the better your chances of successful recovery are. If you are suffering from compulsive eating, contact one of our team members today for a free, no-obligation assessment to see how we can get you back on track to a healthy and happy life.