Addiction is addiction no matter what way you look at it. While some people struggle with a dependency on drugs and alcohol, others struggle with addictions of a different sort. One of the most common of these is food…and it affects more people than you might think.
There are some people that believe food shouldn’t be classified as “addictive”, it is after all something we need to sustain life. However, studies have shown that high sugar snacks and some processed foods actually activate the same centers as drugs like cocaine. Ever wonder why you seriously crave sugar even when you’re not hungry?
For some people these cravings can become overwhelming (just like cravings for drugs) and giving into the cravings comes to be a lot easier than not. It’s when someone can’t control their cravings for these foods that they become considered “addicted” to food.
Understanding Food Addiction
Just because something might make you feel good doesn’t mean it’s good for you. For the many people who have faced addiction, this is something they know all too well. People that suffer from food addiction often become addicted to highly-pleasant tasting foods (think those foods rich in sugar and saturated fat) because these foods generate chemical reactions in the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and gratification.
People with a food addiction become dependent on these good feelings they get when eating certain foods, which maintains a need to eat even when they’re not hungry. Here begins a cycle that can become very difficult to break. This cycle often turns into gorging on foods to the point where one becomes sick and can lead to several different negative consequences.
Obesity, heart disease, depression, isolation, and low self-esteem are all by-products of an addiction to food. And even when these conditions have manifested in one’s life, a food addict will continue to go out of their way to overeat the very things that are ruining their life.
Symptoms of Food Addiction
Becoming addicted to food is a serious matter. Just ask anyone out of the 5% of the population that suffers from this condition. Broken down, this is some 15 million people who are addicted to food. Symptoms of food addiction include:
- Going out of one’s way to purchase and consume certain foods
- Devouring more food than one can physically handle
- Eating in secret
- Getting sick from eating too much
- Avoiding social situations or events to spend time eating
- No control over how much one eats
- Giving into cravings to eat certain foods even when not hungry
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help. Living addicted to food is not really living, but rather a destruction of life and all the possibilities it contains. The side effects of food addiction are extremely damaging to one’s health, and if left untreated can cause irreparable damage. Some of these side effects include:
- Heart disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Kidney/liver disease
- Low sex drive
- Low self-esteem
- Irritability when deprived of certain foods
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
Treating Food Addiction with Ibogaine
Seeking treatment for food addiction can help with the vicious cycle you’ve found yourself in if addicted to food. There are a variety of different treatment options, support groups, and 12 step programs that have worked for some, but don’t necessarily work for everyone. Everyone is different and takes a different approach to addiction treatment, no matter what the addiction may be.
Ibogaine has been shown to be extremely helpful in treating a myriad of different addictions with an extremely high success rate. Best known for its ability to treat heroin addiction, Ibogaine has been used by other addicts with just as much success.
Ibogaine works to get to the root of one’s addiction, allowing an addict to uncover the subconscious reasons behind their addiction. For many people addicted to food (and other substances) their addiction is something they’re trying to hide from. All addiction stems from pain, and Ibogaine works to help one release this pain and come to a clearer understanding of why they are in their current addicted reality.
Working in three separate phases, Ibogaine first helps to stop the physical addiction of a substance. It does so by resetting the brain’s chemistry to its pre-addicted state. Neurotransmitter sites that are responsible for making someone “feel good” (think serotonin and dopamine) are flooded, allowing for one to release the physical need for dependency so they may then begin to heal at a deeply psychological level.
The second phase of Ibogaine helps the addict uncover subconscious memories and traumas that have led to their current addicted state. It is often these repressed memories that hold the reasons for someone’s addiction. Discovering what they are can make someone better understand why they’ve chosen the addictive path they have.
This leads to the third phase of Ibogaine where one process what they uncovered during the second phase. This final part of Ibogaine treatment urges a person to accept where they’ve been without judgment and make the new decisions that will positively impact their life.
Ibogaine holds the potential to combat food addiction and inspire one to make healthier choices. Treatment with Ibogaine for food addiction can restore one’s self-esteem and instill a sense of confidence that’s been lost. Both of which are vital for living a well-balanced and successful life…one that is free from food addiction and full of wholesome, healthy alternatives.