OWN reality show "Addicted to Food" features Phoenix woman

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PHOENIX – Of all of the reality shows on the air and on cable, very few tackle serious issues.

“Addicted to Food” does. It debuts on OWN Tuesday night, and it features a woman from right here in Arizona.

Camille explained to Tara Hitchcock why she decided to open up about an extremely personal problem in such a public forum.

She said she was at a low point in her life and had already tried treatment once. It didn't work. She was entrenched in her addiction, abusing food and laxatives, fasting and binging.

"When the opportunity presented itself, I was so desperate for help," Camille said. "I wanted peace so badly that I was willing to surrender 100 percent."

Camille, who is a recovering bulimic, and seven other food addicts took part in an intense and unorthodox 42-day treatment program at Shades of Hope, a rural Texas treatment center. Cameras followed them every step of the way.

Even though she completed the program, Camille says her addiction is still a constant struggle.

"Just because I went through a 42-day intensive treatment program doesn't take away the negative 'tapes' that would still play in my head. ... I have to be an active participant in my recovery.

"I feel great and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of this -- it far outweighed my expectations, it was unbelievable."