Food addicts need extensive support in order to recover from their disease. Support may come from family and friends. But often the extraordinary amount of support needed is too much for family and friends to supply, even if the food addict is also in treatment with a healthcare or allied health professional experienced in dealing with food addiction. A peer-based support group of some kind, such as those described below, may be essential for lasting recovery.
Peer-based support groups are a place to find a concentrated number of food addicts actively working on recovery, useful publications and regular support meetings. But it is important to realize that all peer-based support groups are not the same, even those that are part of the same network of groups! When looking for a group that will meet your individual needs, here are some things you might want to consider: 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?