To the Newcomer
Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet in order to help solve a common problem - compulsive overeating, which includes obesity, anorexia and bulimia. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
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They’re All Action Steps
There is so much to this program. As I complete more than four years of abstinence, I am just beginning to be aware of the full extent of my disease.
There is only one cure for the emotional, mental, and spiritual illness I suffer: actively working the Steps. Being thin won’t cure it, nor will having money, a good job, or a boyfriend. I am powerless over my recovery. It is an inside job that my Higher Power is in charge of.
I am at the point where I want recovery more than anything in the world. I’ve been thin for a long time, and the glow, thrill, and adventure of being so have vanished. Once again I am faced with dealing with who I am. As I rigorously examine myself, I see things I like and things I don’t like.
That’s where the Steps come in. With defects, I see the pain that they cause me, and I use Steps Six and Seven—often. With my life, my will, and my day, it’s taking Steps Ten and Eleven—constantly.
Only in this manner can I recover from the illness that got me fat in the first place. lf I don’t recover, I’ll inevitably end up where I was or worse: a fat bulimic who was suicidal, angry, and crazy.
By the grace of God and OA, I am growing further and further away from that person.
— Lifeline, July 1985