The host of The Addiction Summit, Dr. Paul Thomas, grew up as a missionary kid in Zimbabwe.
He essentially had no exposure to drugs or alcohol until he came to the United States for college. Isolated from family and alone, he reached for cigarettes and alcohol to relieve stress, and LOVED the effects produced by both.
Dr. Paul quickly became a pack-a-day cigarette smoker and developed a high tolerance for alcohol — drinking 8 or 9 beers in a couple hours.
He’ll share his story, why so many people today have addictions and how to address them during the Addiction Summit [Click here to register for this free summit]!
It’s NOT JUST alcohol or cigarettes (or even drugs!) that our society has become addicted to, but food, technology and/or other behavioral addictions are a major influence in our lives.
Odds are, you or someone you know has or is vulnerable to an addiction — 1 in 7 of us struggle with one form or more.
In the above story about Dr Paul, you can put food in place of cigarettes and alcohol. This is how most of America is struggling right now with an addiction. We have been so excited by so many different flavors, oils, and cooking styles that we seek that excitement with each meal. This makes it difficult for us to curb eating out at restaurants and avoid fried and unhealthy foods we know are not good for our health. This is why we go to food for comfort, fun and excitement. We no longer eat for nutrition but for entertainment. So when our health coach asks the question “can you avoid fried foods and unhealthy restaurants for 6 months” and you just think the world is about to end and it’s not worth living anymore, that’s a food addiction right there.
Dr. Paul wanted to stop his addictions for 13 years before he actually quit. Why couldn’t he stop? He wanted to, but couldn’t, why?
He has now been a physician for over 30 years. In 2009, Dr. Paul opened an in-office detox clinic to help those 30 and younger get off opiates. So many young adults have returned to school or are holding steady jobs — unthinkable when just a year or two before they were homeless and hopelessly addicted.
If you have a food addiction, don’t see yourself as different from these people. It is the same. The effect on the brain is the same. If you are eating for entertainment as opposed to for nutrition, you are in the same boat.
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Dr. Paul is now the father of 9 children, and has helped several of them (along with 1,000s of his patients) recover from various addictions, from food to substance abuse.
I look forward to discussing some of the points brought up in the Summit in our Facebook Group.