More about Becky
Over 45 years ago I found a path to freedom by addressing my own eating and weight problem as an eating addiction. Through my books and consulting, I outline a path to recovery in a concept-by-concept, step-by-step approach to help others find and enjoy their own recovery road.
My understanding and knowledge of eating addictions is not based on systematic data collection but rather on my observations and insights from working with over 2000 sufferers over 30+ years; many I’ve been privileged to work with consistently over many years. Additionally, I’m delighted to report that there is a growing awareness in the scientific communities that many eating disorders/problems are actually eating addictions. The Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review states, “’eating addiction’ rather than ‘food addiction,’ better captures addictive-like eating behavior.”
1974In 1974 I began to address my eating and weight problem by taking a serious illness approach, and that created the foundation for my 45+ years of being in remission from all aspects of my eating addiction.
1986In 1986 I helped designed a groundbreaking social model recovery home for women with eating addictions. This model offered 24/7 support and allowed for up to a year stay. As Executive Director, the groundwork for my professional experience of working with people with eating addictions began.
1988I opened an educational center in 1988, where I worked with individuals and groups; I designed and led workshops, did training for the Navy Eating Disorder Treatment Center staff at Miramar Naval Air Base, San Diego, CA. I presented educational lectures at colleges and high schools, all to help others understand eating disorders as an addictive disease—an eating addiction.
1990’sI found therapists who referred to my first residential center were hungry for additional information about understanding eating disorders as an eating addiction, and during the 1990’s I did a weekly educational support group for several years for therapists with eating addictions, which allowed them to personally apply my model while increasing their understanding of how to use my eating addiction model in their practice.
1991My first book, Dieting: A Dry Drunk, was published in 1991.
1994In 1994, I created a second residential center, same eating addiction model, but with a slightly different structure and for a different clientele. This recovery home was the equivalent to a Sober Living house where the residents could work or go to school and still have ongoing support in a home environment.
2004In 2004 I made a decision to convert my educational center to a phone/video conference format and instead of winding down my work, it expanded to other states and even other countries.
2004At the end of 2004, I published a companion to my first book, Dieting: A Dry Drunk – The Workbook.
2019In 2019, my third book, The Becky L. Jackson Eating Addiction Recovery Model: What to Eat or Not Eat, That is No Longer the Primary Question was published.
My professional goal is to help take the sufferer from the pain of an active addiction to the self-respect and freedom of recovery—putting the eating addiction in complete remission; not just a “hoping to get better” state.