Molly Painschab LCPC, LAC, FAC

Event Speaker

Molly Painschab LCPC, LAC, FAC


Molly Painschab is a mental health professional, addiction strategist, behavior specialist, and certified international food addiction counselor with experience coaching individuals and their family members through recovery management and relapse prevention. Her background in addiction treatment while working with individuals being supervised by the Department of Corrections, Child Protective Services, and other Court-Ordered situations inform her solution-focused and forward-thinking style. Molly is fueled by her belief that recovery is possible.

Her desire to see others succeed in life and determination to turn information into action has contributed to her most recent online Food Recovery Management Group, where she shepherds participants through addiction specific education, the processing of new information, and skill-building outside of the traditional 12 Step approach.

Molly believes the only way to ensure everyone who needs help with food addiction get the treatment they need, is to unify professionals in the field and push the APA and WHO to place diagnostic criteria in the DSM. Molly is currently working to expand the treatment and support options for individuals and their families who are seeking recovery by increasing online options.


Food Junkies: Recovery from Food Addiction

Speakers: Clarissa Kennedy RSW, FAC, SUGAR Certified, Mental Health/Addictions Certification, Molly Painschab LCPC, LAC, FAC, Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD, MSc, FCFP, ABAM, Specialist in Addiction medicine

In our field we have seen a rise in cases in regards to the additional emotional eating behaviour of ultra-processed foods during the COVID-19 isolation. Food addiction is a lifestyle and health concern confronting men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. Significant emotional, physical and relationship trauma can result from the inability to manage a healthy relationship with food.

In this session Dr. Vera Tarman will explain the science behind Food Addiction from a clinical perspective. She will address how obesity is a metabolic issue and how that relates to the bodies hormonal structure and the neurochemistry involved. She highlights: Normal Hunger and Satiety, Ghrelin, Insulin, Leptin, Cortisol, The Limbic / Reward Pathway and the how our Neurotransmitters: Dopamine, serotonin, endorphin are involved in Food Addiction.

Molly and Clarissa will demonstrate how to support clients identifying with Food Addiction. They will present assessment and screening tools, speak about abstinent and withdrawal, abstinent food plans, recovery and craving management, addiction interaction disorder, and relapse prevention. They will also share resources to help connect clients with free support groups and introduce them to the Food Addiction Professional Community for additional information and education on the topic.

Key Take-aways

  1. Food Addiction Syndrome: The Clinical Perspective
  2. Basic practical suggestions regarding how you can help potentially food addicted patients at each of the progressive stages of the disease.
  3. How to utilize the screening protocol for Food Addiction (UNCOPE, Yale Food Addiction Scale, Diagnostic Tool SUGAR) and how to connect clients to the appropriate resources.