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Question Ten

Dear Web Visitors and Loop Friends

My name is Shana and I am a compulsive overeater.  I am grateful to have found the OA program of recovery and part of my program is sharing it with others.  Please note that previous questions are already up on the web site and can be found at


A.) Reread Step 1 (12/12)

B.) Discuss the idea that when one overeater plants in the mind of another the true nature of our disease, that overeater can never be the same again. On page 23, of the 12/12, step 1, they talk of what is called "raising the bottom". This means that because of all the wisdom and knowledge that our forefathers in AA had gathered through their own life experience as alcoholics, we could benefit in such a way that we would not have to go down to the depths that so many had gone before us... we could be spared by their experiences which would save us years and years of suffering. This, of course, brings us to the question at hand. On page 24, it states (on top), "It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady that person could never be the same again."

I recall, after a few months in program that I was beginning to see the truth in this. I would walk over to the refrigerator, standing in front of it like it was totally normal in the middle of the day, after just having finished lunch, staring in and looking for something "sweet". But, then it would hit me: you're not hungry, I would say to me, you're just bored; or: you don't want to get back to work, do you? It was beginning to sink in; I was a coe and I wanted food to be a bridge for me, to take me from moments of sorrow, or boredom, maybe anger, and whatever else ailed me. It wasn't the was ME that was the problem; my pain, my desire to desensitize myself against life, this was the issue and this was where I had to begin. My name is Shana, and I'm a compulsive overeater. I have a disease. I learned this within one month in program. I learned this at age 28. Look at the years I was spared. I feel so lucky that I didn't die from this disease. I owe my life to Overeaters Anonymous, the twelve step loops, and to all who walk this path with me. We all owe our lives to this program. How lucky we are.

Love in recovery,





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