I feel the need to clarify something about addiction that has a lot of folks confused or misguided when trying to solve their problem.
There are different degrees of addiction. I’m not talking about heroin being worse than pot. Or alcohol being worse than food. Or losing control only sometimes being better than losing control every day.
I”m talking about the extent to which people are affected by the addictive substance or behavior.
And that’s why some people will be able to do a 30 day detox and never look back, or have a few visits with their doctor or therapist and be reformed for good, or simply decide that they are going to start eating healthy and never go back to the binge cycle.
And, I’ve met people like this. And they blow my mind. And I am really clear that I am not like them when it comes to addiction…
For me, the “just don’t do it” approach didn’t stop me from going back. And in spite of years of therapy, I was still acting out. And I had made so many firm resolutions to start that new diet regimen, or clean up my act or just stop being so lazy….
But I always found myself back in the vicious binge/obsess/restrict/binge cycle.
I share this because I had to find a different solution that would address what my real problem was. And I had to stop comparing myself to my friends or other people who were having results from all the others things I mentioned.
I had to get real with myself and admit that for me it wasn’t just about making my mind up to change or getting on the right health regimen.
And that’s what brought me to the work that ultimately set me free.
It wasn’t sexy. It wasn’t fashionable. And I felt a ton of resistance.
But, when I actually got honest, and was ready to face and be rid of what was blocking me, for the first time in almost 2 decades, I felt free.
And as I continued to use these “freedom” tools, that freedom grew and grew.
And now it’s nearly a decade later and I still experience lasting freedom.
Which is why I started sharing what was working for me with other women who were struggling with addiction and for whom the other approaches failed.
Because I learned that while not every person who struggles with addictive behaviors needs my solution, for the folks who have tried for years to control their addiction and still can’t break the addiction & obsession cycle, it may be the only solution that will work.
And it did.
I started seeing women all over the world, like my client Hollie who had done years of inner work, knew all about proper nutrition, but was still getting back in the binge cycle, getting free.
I watched them feeling more confident. Trusting themselves to make healthy choices. Feeling comfortable in their own skin. And I realized that this was a thing. That some folks just need a different approach that isn’t found in psychological or nutrition-based approaches.
I feel it’s important for you to know that. That if you’ve tried everything out there and are still struggling that it’s not because you are stupid. Or lazy. Or lack discipline.
It’s because you may be trying to solve a problem you don’t fully understand with a solution that’s not effective for you.
So if you sense that that might be you, then message me and I can point you in the right direction.
Cuz these days, this is kinda what I do all day…talk to other smart, successful women all over the world who also couldn’t stop for good when they tried the other approaches, and I show them the same tools I used to actually get free.
If you want to hear more about all that and learn what you might be missing, you can email me directly at [email protected] and we can set up a time to talk or you can take the Are You A Food Addict quiz by clicking this link: http//freefromfoodaddiction.com/quiz and start getting some clarity around your relationship with food.
And however you connect with me, I want you to know this in your heart:
You are not broken. And you are not alone.
I get you. And I got you. And when you’re ready, I’ll be here.
In dedication of all things raw, real and recovered.
p.s. And yes I also help women who struggle with alcohol and drugs. In fact, I really specialize in working with high-achieving, successful women who tend to be perfectionists. (Cuz I feel like we get each other’s brand of “crazy”) 😉