Food addicts need extensive support to work their way through recovery from their condition. Rarely is the required support available from family and friends, even if they are well-meaning. Most people trying to change a familiar habit require an extraordinary amount of support, far beyond what any loved one is equipped to supply, even if you are also working with a healthcare or allied health professional experienced in dealing with food addiction.

Peer Groups, and 12 Step groups, may be helpful. They can be a place to find a concentrated number of food addicts actively working on their recovery, who can relate to your experience. Also you can find valuable publications, and regular support meetings.

Not all peer support groups are the same, even those that are part of the same network of groups. When looking for a group that works for you, ask these questions:

  • Is the group committed to abstinence-based recovery from Food Addiction?
  • Does the group have members who have several years of abstinent recovery?
  • Are abstinent members willing to coach or sponsor someone new?