FAIR & FIRM Therapy Retreat

Addiction is a mind-body-spirit disease, one that I am afflicted with and one that I have been in recovery from since 1989. If you have a food addiction, then no traditional “diet” is ever going to be sufficient for you. Recovery requires abstinence. For most food addicts, that translates to no added sugar and no flour.

At this retreat, you will be served nutritious meals that contain no added sugar and no white or wheat flour. You’ll see that you can continue to enjoy food and not engage in those foods that result in cravings, binges and the resulting guilt and hopelessness.


It’s important to me that people do not equate the word “addict” with any sort of personal shortcoming or character flaw. Addiction is a biological disease, no different from diabetes, cancer, or obesity. We cannot “cure” these diseases, but we can, in the case of addiction, put it into remission through healthy behaviors.

Using a variety of therapies, the goals of the Healing from Food Addiction FAIR & FIRM Retreat include:

  • learning about the disease of addiction and identifying your personal (possible) predispositions to addiction and/or circumstances leading you toward addiction
  • accepting the fact that dealing with addiction requires daily efforts
  • learning coping skills to deal with cravings, which are a part of the disease of addiction
  • learning coping skills to deal with stress, a leading cause of unhealthy, mindless eating, as healing our unhealthy habits related to food consumption are essential along with treating our addiction(s)
  • learning positive self-talk to promote and encourage a healing relationship with self, the underlying issue (as far as I’m concerned) related to the emotional/spiritual healing from addiction (which leads to physical healing)
  • incorporating knowledge of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact relapse, recovery, and eating behaviors
  • utilizing breathing skills, relaxation tools, mindfulness skills, and visualization as tools to remain active in recovery and healing from addictions
  • exploring and improving the relationships we have with ourselves and others to increase our experience of living fully in healing from addictions
  • implementing the Gotta Do Em’s for sustaining a healthy program of healing from addictions
  • learning to implement Dr. Stapleton’s 4 ACES to maintaining a heathy relationship with self and ongoing healing from addictions
  • and MORE