Calgary Compulsive Eating Center Moves to Prison to Help People Escape Addiction to Food
CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – WiseHeart Wellness, a one of a kind treatment program, helping people to escape from addictive eating, has moved to the Canadian Forces Base prison in Calgary, which has been reclaimed as a wellness center.
Comprehensive treatment for addictive eating patterns is hard to find in Calgary or anywhere in the world. Addictions services don’t often include food and eating disorder programs typically focus on anorexia and bulimia. If such programs even acknowledge that food addiction exists, most admit they are not equipped to deal with it.
Nancy Anderson Dolan, WiseHeart Wellness Clinical Director and University of Calgary Alumni, sees the mission of her company as one of public awareness, as well as providing cutting edge food addiction treatment.
“We want everyone to know that being addicted to food is a very real experience, arising from the same brain chemistry issues that underlie other addictions and that there is effective help!” says Anderson Dolan
Many people still think that overeating and obsessive thoughts about food are diet and exercise issues. Those interventions, used alone, can actually aggravate the underlying brain chemical problems, making the struggle with food even worse.
Anderson Dolan knows this situation well, because she herself was addicted to food from a very young age. She finally lost over 100lbs when she began addressing the addictive nature of the problem.
Addictive eating grows out of a complex mix of inherited vulnerabilities to brain chemistry imbalances, early learning, current stress, cultural influences and exposure to substances that are noxious to a specific person’s brain. These are preventable and reversible.
Very specific foods, supplements and patterns of eating and activity can address the underlying chemical issues. Then people are finally able to consistently engage in healthier thoughts and behaviors. If the underlying physiology isn’t changed, it continues to sabotage even the best of psychological intentions.
There is a lot of evidence to support these ideas. Yale University has designed an assessment called the Food Addiction Scale which is used to ascertain a person’s response certain “hyper palatable” foods, while Dr. Nicole Avena, of the Florida Brain Institute, has shown how food substances can become addictive in brain studies with rats.
These advances allow clinicians like Anderson Dolan to provide treatment to clients worldwide. Innovative medical software is used by WiseHeart to assess underlying brain chemistry issues that drive the destructive eating.
She states: “To have this sort of technical information available for use at a clinical level is amazing and changes the speed and effectiveness of intervention as well as making it more accessible for people.”
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