Steady readers will know that I'm a big proponent of treatment for food addiction. In 1991, I got it — nine weeks in the eating disorders unit of an accredited psychiatric hospital, and it was one of the most important interludes of my life.
I don't want to go into the reasons why, but that sort of treatment is far less available today, and making a case for the diagnosis of food addiction, so that insurance will support its treatment, is the primary reason I wrote my book.
Acquaintance Rebecca Cooper wrote me recently saying that she's decided to re-form the foundation of Rebecca's House, her treatment center, as a non-profit so that "we can help more of the many people who desperately need treatment but haven't received it."
I can't vouch for her treatment practices, but only because I've never experienced them. But you may want to check out what she's got going on.
Addendum, years later: A fellow named Paul Clarke saw this post and asked if I'd mention his free help line for eating disorders. Here's my answer:
Rehab Recovery offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from eating disorders.
Tel: 0800 088 66 86.
I live to serve. (Dorky, but true, as best I can manage it.)