Sugar Addiction Treatment
Cynthia Bartok, associate director for the Center for Childhood Obesity Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human development states, “Modern science has not yet validated [the] idea” of sugar addiction, but that “‘yet’ may be the key word.”
There are obviously treatments for the issues that sugar addiction can cause such as diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. But the treatments for sugar addiction are not as well laid out as those which treat other types of addictions.
The study from the NCBI states, “Treatment with baclofen, which reduces drug intake, also reduces binge eating of fat,” and there are behavioral treatments like meeting with mutual-help groups for sugar addiction. However, the best place to start is with a conversation with your own doctor who may be able to outline several treatment options as well as beneficial ways to try and fight your sugar addiction at home by using mindfulness when you are reaching for something to eat.
While sugar addiction is not considered to be as much of an issue as drug addiction, it can cause problems for individuals who do not realize that they are unable to stop. Research from another NCBI study states, “Sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can be even more rewarding and attractive.” Sugar addicts should seek help and discuss their problems, just like any other addicts.