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The ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) has found Addiction to be a brain disease affecting a person’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being and that recovery from the disease is possible through treatment in recovery centers and 12-step programs or similar support. Currently, there is overwhelming evidence and science for food addiction as a substance use disorder.

Podcast listeners would include those who might either identify as food addicts, believe they may have a food addiction, or have tried diets unsuccessfully.  Also, listeners would include those treating and counseling clients with food addiction and physicians/doctors treating patients suffering from obesity and obesity-related illnesses.    

This interview-based podcast includes information about food addiction as a disease for which the hope and recovery experience is shared. Guests will be two groups of people:  
Professionals and experts specializing in and treating the disease of food addiction and,
People who have recovered from food addiction share how they found the solution to the disease and share their experience, strength, and hope in how they did it. 

The INFACT School (http://infactschool.com) sponsored the podcast, which was begun by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir, MSc, who also serves as the Director. It is the world’s first and only sugar/food addiction counseling training, resulting in professional certification from an accredited certification body. Graduates qualify to receive a Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP) certificate from the European Certification Board https://ec-board.com and a CFAP from the US Addiction Professional Certification Board  https://certbd.org/ 

Susan Branscome, host, and a recovered food addict, will interview the experts and food addicts. These podcast interviews will discuss the science and real-world experience of food addiction as a substance use disorder and recovery. We will uncover the experience of recovered guests—the lack of personal control or lack of willpower over the compulsion of food use with diets and other methods of control.  The obesity statistics in the world are astounding, especially in the U.S.  The use of food as a method to cope with life issues and ultimately becoming physically and mentally addicted to the use of food is discussed.   Willpower, discipline, and diets are only temporary solutions for food addicts. Eventually, food addicts begin using food again to deal with their lives versus utilizing recovery solutions and helpful programs.  We hope to advance our understanding of treating this disease, especially within the medical community.  

Recovery, gastric bypass, physicians, treatment, diets, dieting mental health, self-improvement, personal development, food addiction, obesity, serotonin, dopamine, eating disorders, sobriety; overeaters anonymous; alcoholics anonymous, Food addiction, Counseling, Professional training, Nutrition, Emotional eating, Overeating, Binge eating, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating disorders, Addiction Recovery, Mental health, Behavioral therapy, Motivational interviewing, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Stress Management, Self-care, Wellness, Health Coaching, Dietetics, Substance abuse, Sobriety