What Is the First Step in Breaking Any Addiction?

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Hi, I'm Dr. Mike Dell. I'm a psychotherapist who specializing in disordered eating and addictive behaviors. Taking the first step is always the hardest. If you think that you're battling a food addiction or drug addiction, the first thing you can do is tell somebody. In 12 step communities whether that community is Narcotic Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or Overeaters Anonymous,they say, "You're as sick as your secrets.

" So by just telling somebody whether that person is a health professional, like a physician or therapist, whether it's a friend or family member or significant other or getting a sponsor at the 12 Step Program will help you to be less sick by not keeping it to yourself. That is also going to give you the support and the accountability you will need to take those next steps which are always easier.