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Question Twenty-Two

Dear Web Visitors and Recovery Friends,

My name is Donna and I am a compulsive overeater. I am going to be sharing with you my own experience, strength and hope as it relates to Questions 20-30. I have been a member of OA for about 20 years now. The responses that I will give to the questions represent my own views ... they may or may not echo yours. I hope you will share your responses with your home loop. I am honored to share these words as my service. I pray you will find something useful in the words that I write.

Please note that previous questions are already up on the web site and can be found at


Dear Friends,

I am Donna and am grateful to be a compulsive eater in recovery. The Thirty Questions are a tool for journaling and I am happy to send them to you each week.



Read Step Three. Discuss and reflect on the growth one must have before they can move from Step 2 to Step 3.

For me, the transition between steps 2 and 3 can best be summed up by the word: trust. We can believe in our heads, and sometimes even in our hearts, that our HP has the power to grant us the gift of abstinence, but every one of us has experienced the pain of thinking that we have "turned it over" with all of our hearts, yet find ourselves picking up the food, or indulging in some other addict behavior.

So, when we stand ready to say the third step prayer, it takes faith and TRUST to give ourselves wholly to the experience of meaning that prayer, and living that prayer. Can we take our concept of HP (to some of us, a brand new concept; to some, the same HP we have trusted for many years) and put our trust in that concept? Why should it be different, this 99th "last time?" Why should we have faith NOW, today?

It is through the meetings, and the Program, and working the steps to this point that we come to the place where we DO trust our concept of HP. Remember: we only have to trust HP for TODAY's abstinence. None of us knows whether we will be abstinent tomorrow. But we can and do ask for the gift of abstinence, for today. With the step work we have done, we have admitted our powerlessness over the ravages of our disease. And we have made a spiritual journey (of whatever length); have seen evidence in others that trusting HP DOES work, one day at a time.

So we take that leap of faith, for today.
And then the adventure begins . . .

Blessings in Recovery


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