I don't have personal experience, but I have a friend who's an overeater. He told me that it's a difficult thing to deal with as you have to eat. If you're an alcoholic, you can cut out alcohol 100% and be OK. As far as therapists go, often you need to see a few before you find the right one - I looked at it a lot like dating. I dealt with infertility for many years and it was all-consuming. The best advice I got was to try to limit these all-consuming thoughts to an hour or so each day. Let's say you pick from 3 - 4 pm every day as your time to dwell on your bad habit. Limiting it to that one hour makes it a lot smaller bad habit to deal with. When your thoughts move to that bad area, you say to yourself, now is not the time I've scheduled to deal with this. I'll think about this from 3 - 4.
I hope this helps.
at 3:02 PM on Jan. 26, 2011