Many compare food addiction to drug addiction, citing the many similarities between cravings and the inability to stop oneself from compulsively indulging when trying to get the problem under control without help. These issues often occur for patients in treatment for either disorder.
One doctor has suggested that there are also similarities between what one has to do to overcome either disorder successfully, and that people in recovery can learn a thing or two from people who are trying to moderate their eating habits. These lessons include:
- Support is key. Finding other people who are in the same boat or, at the very least, supportive of your endeavor to stay clean and sober is helpful. Hanging out with people who are constantly trying to put a cookie in your hand is no good for those who are trying to lose weight, and hanging out with people who are constantly trying to put a drink in your hand when you’re trying to stay sober is no good either.
- Understand what you need to heal. Those who are strong in managing their food intake take the time to learn about the science of food, what they need to survive, and how to get the nutrients they need while burning the calories they don’t. In the same way, those who fare best in recovery are those who take the time to ascertain what triggers their cravings and to come up with an actionable plan to manage those situations when they occur.
- Accept your limitations. Those who attempt weight loss are often disappointed in their inability to reach a certain weight or to look a certain way. Learning how to accept their physical limitations is essential to finding happiness and to managing their relationship with food. In the same way, people often sabotage themselves in recovery by taking on too much. They feel pressured to make amends for all that they did during addiction while trying to make up for the time they lost to drinking and drugs as they work double time to achieve their dreams. It’s too much to expect of anyone, oftentimes impossible, and usually ends in relapse. Learning how to accept one’s limitations is a big part of making a strong stand in recovery.
Sustainability is the primary characteristic of positive recovery techniques, whether the goal is weight management or long-term sobriety. Getting started with the right treatment program sets the stage for success, helping patients to establish themselves in recovery before they set out on their own.
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