At the root of every eating disorder is a faulty belief system. The sufferer really believes that he or she is worthless. This belief leads to a constant stream of negative thoughts about oneself. This is the real addiction – to the negative thought stream. Somebody with healthy self esteem may feel bad momentarily about something he or she has done or said. This feeling is quickly shaken off and the negative thoughts replaced with positive ones. For those with eating disorders, depression, or low self esteem issues of any type, this does not happen. The negative thoughts do not stop. They continue to feed the faulty beliefs. If you know anybody who is suffering from an eating disorder, please try to look beyond the surface to what is going on underneath. Living with an eating disorder is living with constant torture. Unfortunately, there is little help out there that does actually help. What is needed for recovery is for the faulty beliefs to be corrected, so that the sufferer can begin to create new thought patterns. In time, the sufferer can become free. Most therapies concentrate on the food issues, despite the fact that the problems with food are the symptoms, not the cause. Sufferers are often fed cocktails of drugs that simply increase the feelings of powerlessness that are themselves part of the disorder. Many clinics also exacerbate the problem by taking away the responsibility from the sufferer. They are told what to eat, when to eat and how to eat. For somebody with an eating disorder to recover they need to know that they CAN do it. That they did not ask to suffer, but that they are the only ones who can stop it. With the right help, this is possible for everyone.