National leader in alcohol and drug addiction recovery applies treatment model to Food Addiction, with Dr. Vera Tarman

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2017 /CNW/ -


Dr. Vera Tarman, addiction medicine specialist   

When: November 2017


Graham Munro Centre, 356 Dundas Street West, Toronto 

What: Canada's first Food Addiction Program


Food addicts suffer a similar struggle as those addicted to other substances. Renascent offers a novel treatment program to treat eating disorders and obesity in a way that promises excellent results.

Dr. Vera Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 1994. She became accredited with the Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) in 2004 and has been the medical director of Renascent since 2006. She is the author of Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction, and has hosted two local call-in shows, Addictions Unplugged, and Toronto Speaks: Addiction, both about addictions.

"We are posing a different solution that has not been seriously considered in the healthcare realm. Although there is an increasing barrage of research and media attention on the addictive nature of sugar, there is virtually no serious attention paid to the solution of treating eating disorders or obesity from an addiction standpoint."

Renascent's Food Addiction Program will involve:

  • 28 days of inpatient treatment at one of Renascent's downtown treatment centres;
  • intensive group and individual counselling;
  • addressing and combating the addictive nature of certain foods;
  • restoring a sense of freedom and security in the relationship with food;
  • ongoing outpatient aftercare.

To speak to Dr. Tarman about food addiction and the upcoming Food Addiction Program, please contact or 416 323 3660.

Although Dr. Tarman has spoken on various issues in addiction, her special interest is in the area of food addiction. Dr Tarman has found working at Renascent extremely rewarding, mainly because of its support of an abstinence model of care and its acceptance that the spiritual, as well as medical and psychological dimensions are important for recovery. Dr Tarman and Renascent believe that good care involves treating addiction and fostering a lifelong recovery life plan based on community and peer support.

SOURCE Renascent

For further information: To speak to Dr. Tarman about food addiction and the upcoming Food Addiction Program, please contact or 416 323 3660


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