Food addiction is real & recovery is possible

Just like with drugs and alcohol, some people experience an addictive effect from certain foods. This often leads to food compulsion, and can develop into full blown addiction. Recent studies show our brain response to sugar is similar to cocaine.

Is food ruining your life?

You’re not alone – Food addiction is real and recovery is possible

Are you feeling desperate?

Eat to escape your feelings and think about food constantly?

Do you eat in secret?

Learn more about Canada’s only inpatient food addiction program for women

Renascent’s Food Addiction is an intensive kick-start to recovery grounded in the 12-step approach and a client-centred approach – proven to make the difference in long-term recovery. Delivered by registered psychotherapists and certified food addiction counsellors who have the personally lived through the experience of food addiction and recovery. Primary Care offers around-the-clock counselling and support and introduce practical recovery skills.

Hear Dr. Vera Tarman and a Food Program client talk about food addiction and this ground-breaking program on a recent episode of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art.


Comprehensive assessments are completed over the phone and often within the client’s first call
For clients presenting with more complex concurrent issues, Renascent will facilitate a mental health assessment with a clinical psychologist.

  • Brief Screening & Assessment\
  • Medical review by a board-certified addiction specialist
  • Individual and group counselling
  • Education: addiction, relapse prevention, 12-step recovery life skills, coping skills
  • Attendance at 12-step meetings
Admission Requirements
  • Medical review
  • Female – age 16 or over
  • Desire to change unhealthy, destructive and potentially life-threatening behaviours

The Goal

The goal of the program is abstinence from triggering food and other mood altering substances and help the client improve the quality of their life. Some of the things you’ll learn:

• How the Disease Affects Your Body, Mind & Relationships
• Guilt, Shame, Self-Esteem, Dealing with Emotions & Setting Boundaries
• Grief and the Stages of Recovery
• How to Shop, Chop and Prep Meals

December 14, 2015 was a life-altering day for me. I entered a treatment centre for my food addiction and my life has been
transformed, as well as losing 75 pounds. I was a person who thought I couldn’t drive to Florida without eating peanut butter sandwiches!
Now I have healthy choices! In my ignorance of my disease, I didn’t realize flour was a trigger for me. During the whole three
weeks, I was never hungry. In fact, a lot of the time it was too much food!

Renascent Food Program Client


Am I a Food Addict?

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