Are you suffering from an addiction to sugar? Recognizing the Addiction Process to Sugar and Treatment
“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. Sugar 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.
Sugar addictions are commonly mistaken as a sugar-cravings or a sweet tooth, but sugar can be very addictive. In the US, our diets and foods are packed with sugar, its everywhere and in many foods, that makes it extremely difficult for those who crave sugar.
One of the unique instances that SunCloud Health holds is our understanding that sugar, for some individuals, can be an addictive substance. Individuals suffering from eating disorders present to treatment with complex histories in their relationships to food, weight, body image, and exercise.
Teasing out what thoughts constitute the eating disorder and what is the person is a critical process that occurs with each individual and the treatment team.
When a treatment program responds to a presentation of the person reporting a history of bingeing on foods with a high concentration of sugar with “that’s you’re eating disorder, you just need to learn to eat these foods in moderation,” there is a disservice taking place.
Though this approach will be effective for some, and even necessary, for many it presents an approach that overtime is not sustainable and actually may sabotage recovery.
It is this knowledge of addiction, our ability to listen, and our expertise that enables us to recognize the addiction process to sugar for certain individuals, that places SunCloud Health as one of the forerunners in eating disorder treatment.
VIDEO: WHAT IS FOOD ADDICTION AND HOW DOES SUNCLOUD HEALTH APPROACH TREATING FOOD ADDICTION?
Dr. Kim Dennis, Co-Founder and Medical Director at SunCloud Health, defines food addiction and discusses SunCloud’s approach to diagnosing and treating food addiction.