Tennie McCarty is one of the foremost experts in treating addiction to behaviors and substances, especially food. A certified addictions specialist and licensed counselor in chemical dependency,, she has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Addicted to Food,” Nightline, The Dr. Oz Show, The Joy Behar Show, Weekend Today Show, The Ruby Show, Intervention, and others. Nearly twenty-five years ago she co-founded Shades of Hope Treatment Center. Her three daughters now work with her at Shades where, as Tennie says, they “love people into recovery.” McCarty lives with her husband in Buffalo Gap, Texas.
Tennie grew up the daughter of a violent Deputy Sheriff in the dusty plains of Odessa, Texas. Described as morbidly obese by a doctor at the age of 13, she suffered from an eating disorder that went un-diagnosed and un-treated for decades.
In recovery from bulimia and compulsive overeating and a survivor of abuse, Tennie has grown up to become an internationally esteemed therapist, mother of four and the CEO of the residential treatment center, Shades of Hope.
Co-founded by Tennie in 1987, Shades of Hope is an all addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; offering experience, strength and hope to the women and men desperate to recover from the disease of addiction. The mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating, as featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s documentary series ‘Addicted to Food’. Her expertise manifests itself through her work in anger reduction, family sculpting and intensive addiction recovery workshops.
She is often heard telling new clients, “If you want what we have and are willing to let go of control, then you have taken the first step toward recovery. Hold this miracle in your hand as a possibility.”
Under protection of the ancient live oaks of Buffalo Gap, Texas, you will find the peaceful serenity gardens of Shades of Hope and the mustard seed miracle that is Tennie McCarty.