Thank you for your reply.
It sounds like your son in law is using food to handle stress and numb his anxiety
as he constantly eats and can't pay his bills.
I agree: he'll be benefit from working with a psychotherapist to express and process his feelings and thoughts and get advice and support WEEKLY. Cognitive-behvaior therapy (CBT) will work for stress, anxiety and addiction.
He may ask his doctor for a psychologist/psychotherapist that he can work with weekly. Or he may call your insurance company and get a list of providers (licensed psychologists or psychotherapists) in your area.
If he has no health insurance or needs low cost treatment/counseling, he may call The United Way toll free # XXXXX (Dial 2-1-1)to find the community mental health centers in his area in which he can get counseling for a low fee or free without a health insurance.
Or, he can search a licensed psychologist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website.
I checked a list of psychotherapists specializing in anxiety and addiction. Here is the link:
Or he may find a therapist on his own - Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as anxiety or addiction. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that he wants to work with – Male or female? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So he can see it as an informational meeting. He can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
I hope he gets all available help.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,