It may sound fun, but chocolate addiction can be serious. Uncontrolled consumption of anything is bound to have negative consequences eventually. People become reliant on chocolate for different reasons. The heart of the struggle with chocolate addiction is the conflict between knowing you should stop and, at the same time, craving the sweet rush it gives you. You can become genuinely dependent on that satisfaction spike to change how you feel — temporarily.

But chocolate can never really satisfy your true needs. As the addiction continues untreated, your cravings will increase, along with adverse health outcomes. And because there’s not much stigma attached to eating chocolate, it may be harder to admit that you have a problem.

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are here to talk if you’re ready to work towards change. We use a combination of addiction counselling methods and targeted hypnotherapy that may help change patterns of behaviour. We offer sessions either online or face to face at our Highett clinic, depending on the practitioner and your preferences.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form for more information about how we may be able to help you. All calls are confidential, and there is absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Compulsive chocolate consumption is not as simple as it may seem. Addiction has been associated with genetic, hormonal, personality-related, social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors — all of which vary from person to person. Regardless of the reason, overeating chocolate can have a detrimental effect on your health, affecting energy, emotions and concentration levels. If you are reading this, it probably means that you know you need help to discover new ways to cope with emotional hunger.

Let’s work together to see if we’re able to help you work through your chocolate addiction.

In your first session, your therapist will explore your circumstances to be able to put together what they think is the most effective treatment plan for you. The goal of treatment is to help you understand and manage your chocolate addiction by identifying and addressing underlying causes. This insight may help you create a genuine base of personal wellbeing and happiness, so you’re less likely to crave sweet quick fixes. If you can anticipate your triggers, you may be better equipped to resist temptation and break the cycle of chocolate cravings, guilt and disappointment.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Chocolate Addiction Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

The term "chocoholic" is commonly used humorously to describe a person who loves chocolate. However, there is medical data to confirm the actuality of an addiction to chocolate.

Just like an addiction to an A-class drug, chocolate addictions can cause intense cravings and loss of control over when and how you eat it, despite harmful consequences. Chocolate addiction is a medical condition that may arise from the way chocolate affects brain chemistry. Chocolate contains chemicals that are found in many other stimulants, such as caffeine and theophylline (found in tea leaves).

Do you find yourself hiding your chocolate stash from family and friends? Do you feel guilty after indulging in chocolate? Do you find yourself craving chocolate so much that you can't go a day without eating it? If you answered yes to any of these, you might have a chocolate addiction. 

It may sound funny to hear that someone may be addicted to chocolate, but a chronic chocolate addiction can have serious adverse effects. Consumption of chocolate in high quantities may increase the risk of dental, weight, heart and mental problems. It may also be a sign of an underlying illness such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Early treatment of chronic chocolate addiction can help you avoid serious health problems and improve your overall quality of life. 

It’s impossible to say exactly how long your treatment will take since every client’s situation is different. After a couple of sessions, your therapist may be able to uncover the primary reasons for the problem and evaluate how well the treatment is working. They will then have a clearer idea of how much more therapy is indicated to effect lasting change.

You may only need a few sessions to put you on the road towards overcoming chocolate cravings by yourself, depending on the complexity of the problem and your willingness to participate in the process. Others may benefit from regular, ongoing treatment.

At Bayside, we think it’s important to take the time to get a detailed understanding of our clients. Rather than opting for band-aid solutions, we aim to pick apart the origins of your problem to help increase the chances of lasting change. With experienced practitioners trained in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and Buddhist psychotherapy, among others, we have a wide range of techniques to draw from to help us create the best program for you. 

Are you ready to find out if you can get help for your chocolate addiction and potentially regain control of your life again? Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out how we may be able to help you work through the urge to binge on chocolate. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Chocolate Addiction Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, client commitment to and participation in the treatment process is essential to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling