Psychology Today

Stress Management, Food Addiction and Addictions

Have you, or anyone you know, ever had good intentions about NOT overeating or NOT eating the wrong things (perhaps lots of cookies, ice cream, cake, pie, for example), yet at the last moment devoured everything in sight? If so, after the binge or compulsive eating, the shame, embarrassment and fear of whether you’d do it again, did you ask yourself “Why did that happen? What can I do to STOP it from happening again?  I had the BEST OF INTENTIONS to not to that, yet I did. I know it’s not good for my weight, my health, my body image or my budget, but I did it anyway. I feel so out of control sometimes! Somebody HELP ME quick!”

If you answered YES to one or more of these statements, then you MUST watch Dr. Kevin McCauley’s Meth Keynote. This is an excellent presentation by addiction expert Dr. Kevin McCauley about how all kinds of ADDICTIONS (FOOD, alcohol, cocaine, meth, etc) grab the MIDBRAIN (the SURVIVAL BRAIN: EAT, DEFEND, SEX/procreate, DRUGS for some) and make it difficult to LET GO! He also discusses WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT!

Dr. McCauley is speaking to therapists in Dallas in the spring and I wanted to find out more about him ahead of time. A former Navy and Marine flight surgeon (think helicopters and more) he also succumbed to addiction after pain medication for surgery and job stress, spent time in the Army’s pen (Fort Leavenworth) as a result, and overcame his addiction to help the rest of us even more!

 He said “It’s never just one little thing that brings us down. It’s a series of seemingly innocent decisions.” His major question: IS ADDICTION A DISEASE? (Choice vs. Disease). Learn about his incredible MODEL! There are very good BRAIN CHEMISTRY reasons for why some of us go through more difficulties in the addiction area than others.

If you or someone you know could benefit, please watch and pass it on. I learned so much!  Dr. Kevin’s speech showed me how vital what I do is to helping others. It’s about an hour and 15 minutes and WORTH IT! You can also find out more at He has a practice in Park City, Utah.

One of the main ways that I help clients is with STRESS MANAGEMENT. The kinds of clients who seek me out desire new and effective ways to help them NOT overeat, restrict food, stop binge or eating compulsively, stop binge drinking or drug use, love their bodies more, eat more nutritiously, control blood sugars and hypoglycemia, and feel CONFIDENT AND HAPPY AGAIN. That’s what I do BEST! How?

Stress triggers each of us in different ways depending on early life history, traumas, body chemistry, soothing skills or lack of, support figures and current life stresses (school, work, relationships, trauma, etc). We all have a different life and trauma history. I figure out what’s going on with you and find faster, more effective ways to identify the core issues and help you reach your goals faster! My main role is as ENCOURAGER and HEALER – joining WITH you to find CREATIVE SOLUTIONS to LIFE’S STRESSORS.

 If you have any questions after you watch, then just ask me! Find out what food, alcohol, drug and caffeine use or addiction have in common. Treating food addictions, stress, anxiety, abuse, trauma, weight and disordered eating are my specialties. Contact me at Warmest regards, Alice. Click on the link below.

 Alice Baland MA, LPC, RD/LD

America’s Good Eating Expert! Personalized Eating & Living Plans
Speaker, Author, Hypnotherapist, Dietitian, Counselor

 You can watch it here: Dr. Kevin McCauley Meth Keynote

About this video:
“At the 2007 Meth Action Coalition Meth Summit here in Bend, our keynote speaker was Dr. Kevin McCauley. Dr. McCauley is a treatment professional who is dedicating his life to helping addicts and their families, and he makes a compelling argument for Addiction as Disease. Please view his powerful presentation. You will never look at addiction the same way again. You may wish to visit Dr. McCauley’s website at the Institute for Addiction Study, There you can order his books, CD’s and DVD’s about addiction.”