Regularly eating for reasons other than hunger is called binge-eating. Binge-eating disorder (BED) is a psychological disorder resulting from a troubled relationship with food that has devastating health effects. BED often occurs with at least one other psychological or addiction issue present. These co-occurring issues almost always worsen symptoms of binge-eating disorder.
Professional binge-eating disorder treatment will usually be necessary for an individual to reclaim their health. If you or someone you know struggles with overeating, please call Red Oak Recovery today at 866.457.7590.
How Do I Stop Binge Eating?
Many people feel helpless when it comes to eating disorders. Most people refuse to openly discuss these disorders. Unfortunately, this may make you feel ashamed or wrongfully lead you to believe that there’s nowhere to turn for help. Instead of seeking assistance, you may have turned to drugs or alcohol. Besides the myriad of reasons these substances are harmful to our bodies, they often trigger binge eating. One of the first steps to stop a binge eating habit is knowing your triggers. Some common triggers of binge eating disorders are:
- Alcohol and drugs
- Work, school, and family stressors
- Specific people or situations in life that cause you to feel incredibly anxious
- Sudden traumatic events or life-changing events (even positive ones)
- Celebrations and Holidays
- Deeper psychological issues, such as depression, generalized anxiety, or PTSD
When you’ve realized you are struggling with overeating and are committed to changing your lifestyle for the better, it may be necessary to dig deeper to discover what is causing your disordered eating. Some triggers are straightforward. Other triggers may be less apparent, and you may require therapy outside of addiction treatment to uncover them.
Addressing binge eating will involve recognizing your particular triggers and restructuring your eating habits to facilitate a lifestyle change. Eating disorders are complex, and there are often multiple factors involved. Getting proper treatment that you can commit to is the most successful way of recovering. In professional treatment, you will learn the specific strategies that will work for you to stop your unhealthy eating.
Learning to Prevent Binge Eating Relapses
Relapse is not an indication of failure. The ability to rebound from a relapse and forgive yourself quickly is one of the primary recovery goals. Becoming familiarized with the strategies learned treatment would prevent relapses from continually occurring. Some techniques we teach in binge-eating disorder treatment are:
- Making a habit of structured, consistent mealtimes: Frequently, people who have an eating disorder skip meals, eat at unpredictable times, or crash diet. Having predictable eating habits can make food less of a struggle and goes a long way towards staving off hunger and preventing a binge.
- Finding a support system: Knowing you have people to talk to who have been in your situation can make you feel less alone. People with similar experiences can give you advice that will help you navigate the tougher aspects of recovery.
- Taking away the temptations: This sounds simple, but until you’re comfortable that you have your disorder under control, it’s best to keep the unhealthy foods that tempt you out of your home.
Trying not to eat alone: Many forms of disordered eating happen in private. In most of our cultural history, eating has been a social activity.
- While eating is a necessity, it has the power to bring people closer through enjoying food together. When eating is purposeful and joyful, it has less chance to become a secluded habit or unhealthy way to cope.
- Learning new, healthier methods of handling daily stress: Coping with the uncertainty and discomfort of everyday life is difficult. Methods can include meditation, breathing exercises, writing in a journal, or cultivating a new hobby, like gardening.
In addition to the coping skills learned in therapy to recover from binge eating disorder, FDA-approved medications may be available that will help make it easier to achieve the goal of healthy eating.
Mend Your Relationship With Food at Red Oak Recovery Center
If you have a binge eating disorder or think you may, there is a bright path to recovery. Here you can learn not to view food as an enemy but as a valuable ally in the road to addiction recovery. Please call us today at 866.457.7590 or fill out our simple form to begin working with nutritionists for a specifically tailored plan to aid in your journey to recovery.