Compulsive Overeating disorder can also be classed as being addicted to food. A sufferer will use food as a way of hiding from their emotions or of coping with stresses and problems in their life.
Unlike bulimics, an individual with compulsive overeating disorder will not purge themselves after a binge eating episode. Apart from the obvious increase in weight, compulsive overeating produces emotional, psychological and physiological side effects that can devastatingly compromise the sufferer’s quality of life.
Left untreated, compulsive overeating is the type of eating disorder which can lead to serious medical complications, such as:
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- hypertension (high blood-pressure)
- sleep apnea (temporary suspension of breathing during sleep)
- major depression
- kidney disease
- bone deterioration
A person with compulsive overeating disorder is usually aware that they have a problem. However, finding a solution to this problem is an entirely different matter. Words from other people, such as "just go on a diet" can be emotionally devastating to a person suffering from compulsive overeating. It is not so much reducing the calorie intake that is involved with compulsive overeating disorder, as using food consumption as a way of dealing with the stresses and challenges of life.
Compulsive overeating is typically accompanied by underlying issues of dual diagnosis. Until these underlying, co-occurring issues are addressed the overeating cannot be overcome. Professional treatment is, realistically, the only answer to achieving successful, long term recovery.
BUT THERE IS HELP AVAILABLE!
At Sovereign Health of California, we have a wealth of experience in treating every type of eating disorder. We also have a reputation for the finest treatment of dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders in the U.S. Our extensive pre-admission assessments provide our treatment team with an exclusive insight into any co-occurring or dual diagnosis issues, allowing us to incorporate them into an individually tailored treatment program designed to treat the specific requirements of the individual.
At Sovereign Health of California, we concentrate on creating an environment where a patient can feel safe about expressing their emotions about food and eating. The patient can thus understand that they are not alone in their struggle. We focus on supporting our patients as they seek to develop confidence in their ability to make healthy choices about food.
Our treatment program at Sovereign Health combines traditional clinical treatments with alternative, holistic therapies, designed to ensure our clients receive the necessary care and support to take them through treatment and on to a successful recovery.
The patient’s individual treatment plan will include such elements as:
- one-to-one therapy sessions
- expressive and experiential therapy
- education about disease processes and recovery
- meal support and regular consultation with dietary staff
- group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
- family therapy (including family participation, if appropriate)
- weekly psychiatric consultation
Patients stay in our comfortable, gender specific residences, situated in the picturesque, coastal community of San Clemente, California where patients are encouraged to participate in therapies such as meditation, exercise sessions at a local gym, therapy, equine therapy, etc.
We offer treatment to both men and women. So, to learn more about treatment and recovery at Sovereign Health of California, why not visit the 'What We Offer' page of our website. Alternatively, call us now! We have advisors available 24/7 to answer any question you may have with regard to Sovereign Health of California and all its treatment programs. Our success rate speaks for itself!