Treatment Centers and Programs
ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services: www.foodaddiction.org, 941-378-2122. ACORN offers a 5-day intensive residential recovery program, a 3-day recharge program and one-on-one telephone coaching for people struggling with food addiction. Programs are available in the United States and Canada.
COR RETREAT: A Food Recovery Program, www.cormn.org, 612-669-6110, Minnesota. Wherever you are on your journey of understanding and solving your battle with food, now is the time to surrender and find serenity. The COR Retreat program opens the doorway through which a solution for food addiction can be found using the proven principles of a 12 Step recovery program. COR Retreat participants spend five days and four nights together at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Milestones in Recovery: www.milestonesprogram.org, 1-800-347-2364, Florida
A treatment program for eating disorders and food addiction in Cooper City, FL (north of Miami). The usual length of treatment is one or more months. All health insurance is accepted. Participants attend day treatment at Milestones and live together in nearby apartments. The focus of the program is to support clients to achieve physical food abstinence and maintain it while living in the community. This is done around the programmatic themes of Spirituality, Exercise, Relaxation and Food Plan: S.E.R.F. Lectures, recovery groups and individual counseling sessions fill each day. At night and on the weekends, participants buy and cook their own food, go to 12 Step meetings, and work on their individualized assignments. Milestone has an active aftercare program for alumnae.
Shades of Hope: www.shadesofhope.com, 1-800-588-4673, Texas
A residential treatment program for all addictions, specializing in eating disorders and food addiction, in Buffalo Gap, Texas. The program will work with your health insurance providers for coverage. There are several programs on the campus: six day intensives, a 42 day residential treatment program, a transition house, two halfway houses, and a three-quarter way house. The entire program has been sugar and white flour free for over two decades. The six week program includes education about foods plans, regular abstinent meals in a common dining hall, daily community group, workshops on body image issues and family sculpting, a series of lectures, a family weekend, opportunities to try different recovery fellowships, and individualized assignments. This is the program which is the basis of the reality show “Addicted to Food” on the OWN network.
Turning Point: www.tpoftampa.com, 1-800-397-3006, Florida
A halfway house and full residential treatment program including a Recovery Village in which participants cook and eat in small cottages on the property. The food program uses the addiction model: abstinence first, rigorous honesty about thoughts and feelings, lectures, process groups, a family week and individualized aftercare supporting 12 Step work. There are trauma resolution groups for those needing to deal with deep emotional issues.
PROMIS: www.promisclinics.com, 020-758-1822, UK
Offers extensive experience in treating many addiction problems relating to alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, stress and depression. PROMIS is made up of several private rehab clinics with treatment facilities in Kent, London, Paris, Madrid, Geneva and Amsterdam. They provide residential primary treatment, secondary care, detox, counseling, interventions and aftercare as well as a dedicated family program. The food program at the Kent center follows the addiction model philosophy set out in Common Sense in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, by Dr. Robert Lefever, the founder of the program.
RENASCENT: www.renascent.ca, 1-866-232-1212, Toronto, Canada
Renascent has been a leader in treating drug and alcohol addiction for over 40 years. Starting October 2017, they will be offering a residential four week intensive program for women with food addiction. The program provides a medically supervised food abstinent meal plan (sugar, flour, grain detox), alongside addiction focused one-on-one / group counselling. Women can get sober, get healthy, and then learn the recovery tools needed to stay sober for the long term.
MFM FOOD ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND. +354-699-2676. Offers an individualized outpatient seminar-based treatments running from one month up to 3 years. Starting with 3-5 day seminars, ongoing daily support, weekly recovery-groups and private counseling interviews.
Vera Tarman, MD, M.Sc, FCFP, CASAM (Toronto, Canada)
As founder and spokesperson for Addictions Unplugged, Dr. Tarman has focused her medical practice over the past 7 years on addiction treatment and recovery. A specialist in addiction behavior and treatment, she speaks on the topics of the science behind food addiction and why we use food for comfort.
Beth Rocchio Candon, MD, 401-886-9669, www.integratedmedicalweightloss.com, Rhode Island, US
An active physician and co-director of Integrated Medical Weight Loss in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, one of the oldest and most successful medical weight loss practices differentiating between the disease of physical obesity, psychological eating disorders, and food as a chemical dependency. Since 2004, she has worked with over 3,000 obese patients, over 1/3 of which qualified with the characteristics of a substance use disorder regarding food. She has spoken widely in Rhode Island on food addiction as one of the elements of the obesity crisis and was a keynote speaker at the Second National Conference on Food Addiction Treatment co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Food Addiction Institute. Since 2013, Dr. Rocchio has participated in the three-year Food Addiction Professional Training Program of ACORN and the Food Addiction Institute. She is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and maintains board certification in Family Medicine. After graduating cum laude with departmental honors in psychology from Skidmore College, Dr. Rocchio received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. She takes a special interest in emotional/compulsive eating and food addiction as causes of obesity.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Lori Herold, LD/N, Nutritionist at Turning Point of Tampa, Inc. and private practice. (727) 725-6049 Clearwater, FL
David Aram Wolfe, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAC, Registered Dietitian and Sugar Addiction Coach. David owns and runs Trigger Free Nutrition a practice dedicated to the treatment of sugar and food addiction through abstinent based solutions. He facilitates one on one counseling through the model of bio-chemical repair and runs groups to help individuals achieve and sustain drug food free lives and attain lasting food sobriety. He is mentored by Bitten Jonsson, and continues to carry her legacy of sugar addiction forward in the U.S and abroad.
H. Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN, Founder and President, Renaissance Nutrition Center, Inc. author of Your Personal Food Plan Guide, nutritionist specializing in food addiction since 1980, individual counseling, groups, and workshops.
Counselors, Therapists and Coaches
Dr. Anna Bacher, PsyD, LMHC, therapist specializing in food addiction and sports psychology. Sarasota, FL (941) 266-1900
Christy Carreno: Founder of Project Sugar Free which offers one-on-one coaching and workshops on living life sugar free.
Mary Foushi, Food Addiction Professional and Recovery Coach, Cofounder and National Services Coordinator of ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services, Coauthor of Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support – The ACORN Primary Intensive. Sarasota, FL (941) 378-2122
Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir, MSc., Food Addiction professional, counselor, therapist and founder of MFM midstodin (MFM food addiction treatment center). Reykjavik, Iceland. Tel: +354-568 3868 Director of INFACT; A School for Professionals on Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment.
Gerri Helms, Life Coach, MCC, CSC, Author of Trust God and Buy Broccoli, A Spiritual Approach to Weight Loss. (407) 921-7268
Bitten Jonsson, MA, RN, addiction therapist, training for relapse prevention, specializing in work with food addiction. Sweden.
Anne Katherine, MA, LMHC has an online program at www.masteryourappetite.com and 8 books in print, including Your Appetite Switch: Master Your Eating and Free Your Life, Anatomy of a Food Addiction, and, for your family, Lick It! Fix Her Appetite Switch.
Amanda Leith, certified addictions counsellor, food addiction professional, recovery coach, facilitator of food addiction treatment. Vancouver, Canada 604-790-1777
Sara Levite, MA, family and individual counselor specializing in working with eating disordered and food addicted clients. Portland, Maine
Tennie McCarty, LCDC, ADCIII, CEDC, CAS, therapist and food addiction professional. Founder, CEO and Co-owner of Shades of Hope, Buffalo Gap, Texas
Dolores Proto, MA, food addiction professional, individual therapist, recovery group leader, facilitator of residential food addiction treatment, specializing in the problem of shame as it contributes to relapse. Founder and Director of Gladness House, a recovery place for food addicts. Philadelphia, PA
Kay Sheppard, MA, LMHC, CEDS, therapist, trainer, author of Food Addiction: the Body Knows; From the First Bite and Food Addiction: Healing Day by Day
Linda B Sherr, MA, LMFT, LMHC, family and eating disorder therapist with experience helping food addicts. Sarasota, FL (941) 955-1330
Jan Smith, MA, Years of experience giving individual and group therapy with a specialization in working with chronically relapsing food addicts. Chicago, IL
Clare Weldon, MSW, LCSW, food addiction professional with extensive experience working with food addicts in individual counseling, recovery groups and residential settings. Delran, New Jersey
Philip Werdell, MA, food addiction professional, individual coach, organizational consultant, public speaker and professional trainer. Author, “Physical Craving and Food Addiction,” and Bariatric Surgery and Food Addiction: Preoperative Considerations. Sarasota, FL (941) 378-2122
Martha Zischkau, food addiction professional specializing in workshops and individual counseling for in-depth First Step work and spirituality. Philadelphia, PA