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Are you suffering from an addiction to food, such as sugar? Recognizing Food Addiction and How Treatment Works
“Not why the addiction but why the pain.”
― Gabor Maté
SunCloud Health is of the few places in the country that can distinguish between standard Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders with food addiction and treat both populations with individualized approaches under one roof. Food addiction can be a real addiction, similar to an allergy, and we treat it accordingly.
A significant segment of the American population can, and does, consume all different types of foods with seemingly little in the way of adverse consequences. Another segment of the population carries a sensitivity to certain types of foods, typically highly processed, calorie-dense, hyper-palatable foods. Many people who identify as food addicts experience loss of control when eating foods with high amounts of refined sugar, white flour, salt and/or fat.
SunCloud Health is not a food addiction treatment center that treats every client as if they have a food addiction. We provide individualized treatment plans based on the medical diagnosis of the client, be it anorexia, bulimia, or food addiction. Every patient we see has a unique biology, unique genes, and a unique set of co-occurring disorders, even when behavioral symptoms might look alike.
We know that many “eating disorder programs” at substance use facilities inappropriately treat patients with restrictive eating disorders (including anorexia & binge eating disorder) or classic ED, classic BN, BED without food addiction under a food addiction model, and this is harmful to those patients. SunCloud Health does not do that.
With the leadership of Dr. Kim, SunCloud has the expertise to identify Food Addiction when it exists and treat it accordingly. We also can identify when a diagnosed food addiction might be the eating disorder talking. Every patient is assessed as an individual and a treatment plan is designed according to their unique needs.
We are fully aligned with the health at every size (HAES) model. Food addiction treatment is not about weight loss or diet culture, but restoring sanity and health in physical, emotional, social, spiritual domains, and restoring manageability.