~ FROM OUR ODAT ADMINISTRATION ~
The ODAT/Discovery Loops
A couple of weeks ago, due to personal family reasons, I sadly had to
step down as Chairperson of the ODAT Committee. Although no longer
Chair, I am still very much an Administrator for The ODAT loops,
answering mail, queries, and helping to keep the loops safe and as
free as possible from spam and inappropriate mailings, and I have said
I will assist so that there is someone to share the load.
It has been wonderful to see everyone pull together and work together
to help provide as many compulsive eaters a chance to practice their
program within the Recovery Loops. It has been a joy to see one of the
ODAT new loops, DepressionODAT thrive and become popular over the last
few weeks. Well done to Sharon, the loop Coordinator, and her team of
fine Trusted Servants.
All in all, I believe we have a fine team all round, and we truly do
practice what we say when we say we will extend our hand to the
compulsive eater still suffering. You truly are a wonderful bunch of
people and it's an honour to serve with you and be among you.
Love, and in fellowship,
Administrator, ODAT Committee
~ THE RECOVERY LOOPS COORDINATOR ~
First, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Dodee and I am a
compulsive eater. I'm also the Coordinator for the Recovery Loops.
This is a very new position for me and I'm still learning the ropes.
The Recovery Loops are "general sharing" loops, as opposed to the
"special interest" loops of ODAT. They include OA loops in Italian,
German and French. There are loops for Newcomers, OA Friends and those
recovering from bulimia and anorexia. There are loops for people
studying the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous), for those who are
attending 90 meetings in 90 days and for those who are Working the
Working the Steps is a little different from the others in that the
only posts to go to the loop are ones on working the steps. In fact,
a new step study began about four weeks ago. If you'd like to work
the steps with online friends, you may join by visiting WTS ~ Working
The Steps [http://recovery.hiwaay.net/wts/index.html].
It's been fun to branch out a little in TRG and meet more people who
are living the Steps and Traditions to the best of their ability.
There are also service positions available on many of the Recovery
Loops. Is your HP giving you a little nudge about service? If so,
there are small jobs for you to try to get your feet wet. Just let us
know you are thinking about it, and we will help you find a fit.
One day at a time since April (30th) of '87,
Coordinator of Recovery Loops
FROM OUR RECOVERY GROUP SPONSOR PROGRAM
The moment we begin recovery from our devastating disease, compulsive
overeating, we are told that we never have to be alone again. This is
true. We not only have a wonderful new community that we belong to,
but we also get to choose someone, a sponsor, to guide us through the
12 Step healing process. We learn a whole new way of thinking and
be-ing in the world.
The Recovery Group has a sponsor program that is nothing short of
superb! We have dedicated people who are very aware that they cannot
keep what they have unless they give it away, knowing, that as they
give it away, it INCREASES. A paradox! A miracle! Sponsoring is a
blessing for all involved.
To find out about the Recovery Sponsor Program go to:
If you wish to become a Recovery Sponsor please write to:
With love and great Joy in service,
Dreena, Sponsor Coordinator
The Recovery Group Sponsor Program Trusted Servants
~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~
GERMAN AND RECOVERY
If you speak German, or know of a compulsive eater who speaks German,
please read the following from the Coordinator of our German and
To join this loop, please send a blank email to:
You may also visit our beautiful German website at:
If you would like more information, please contact:
In loving service to all ~
German and Recovery Trusted Servants
Ich bin die Koordinatorin von GermanAndRecovery, und ich würde mich
freuen, Dich in unserer Gruppe zu begrüßen - oder, wenn Du bereits ein
Mitglied dort bist, möchte ich Dich einladen, Dich mehr einzubringen.
Diese Gruppe ist speziell für Dich, und wir teilen unsere Erfahrung,
Kraft und Hoffnung auf deutsch.
Ich stamme aus einer deutschen Familie; und ich weiß, daß ich mit einer
Verbindung zwischen Essen und der Liebe, die meine Familie für mich
hatte, aufgewachsen bin. Daher schien es der beste Weg für sie zu sein,
ihre Liebe zu mir auszudrücken, indem sie mir meine Lieblingsessen
fütterten. Wenn ich die Nahrung zurückwies, dachte ich, ich weise auch
sie zurück. Selbstverständlich durchschaue ich das jetzt, und schon
die Jahre über spürte ich es.
Vielleicht wurde das Essen für Dich erst in späteren Jahren ein Problem;
vielleicht hattest oder hast Du andere Probleme mit Essen. Wenn dies
der Fall ist, komm und tritt unserer Gruppe bei!
The Recovery Group
GermanAndRecoveryemail@example.com, (just send
a blank email)
Translated, this is:
I am the Coordinator of German and Recovery and I would love to welcome
you to our loop, or, if you are already a member, to participate more.
This loop is especially for you and we participate in the German
Coming from a German family I know I have grown up with a connection
between Food and the love my family has for me; it seems to be the
best way they can express that love, is to feed me my favourite foods.
If I reject the food, I get the impression they feel I am rejecting
them. Of course I understand this, as I have felt this too sometimes
over the years.
Maybe this is something that became a problem for you in later years.
Maybe you had, or have, other problems with food. If that is the case,
please do join us, by sending a blank email to:
A Trusted Servant of TRG
The Recovery Group
~ FOR OUR TEENS ~
Sophy Burnham once said "Angels are full of warmth and joy, and they
always say the same thing - don't be afraid." Fear ... as far back as
I can remember I was afraid of everything. I was so very scared when
I was hurt sexually over and over from 4 years old; afraid people
would find out and think it was my fault. He said 'they' would believe
him and not me. Well, I believed him, anyway. In the end, he got found
out, and they believed me at last.
Then I was afraid to go to school. I couldn't speak much English and
it's hard to make friends when you are scared and can't speak English.
At least when I was in Germany people understood me and I could be
free. But, I learned to speak English and things got much better.
I was seriously afraid of senior school; I hated it. I had just a
couple of friends and if they weren't there, I would hang out in the
bathrooms there, or stay on the edge of the playground. But, I got
older, and began to have a bit more confidence, and things got better.
Over and over in my life I have been so scared; of boys, of going out,
of staying in ... all sorts of strange things no normal person would
be fearful of.
Then I started working hard on my program, and I found I wasn't afraid.
I had a Higher Power (HP) now, and I began to feel warm inside. I
thought of all of you, and I felt really good about myself. If I'm
afraid now it's because I didn't take a chance today on being confident
that my HP will look after me today, no matter how bad things get.
So, tonight I remember: if I feel afraid, all I have to do is close my
eyes a moment and picture my HP wrapping me in wings of light and
holding me close, keeping me safe.
*Editor's note: For information, please see:
To join TeensODAT, send a blank email to:
THE RECOVERY LOOP
One of the very first support loops in the Recovery Group was the
Recovery Loop. WTS had already been started and Step Studies were
available. Journey to Recovery began soon after that, and it became a
melting pot for compulsive eaters all over the world to talk about just
about anything. There was a need for a support group that resembled,
in every way possible, a face-to-face OA meeting. And so, the Recovery
Loop was created.
Members join the Recovery Loop to work a complete program which will
include face-to-face meetings if possible, a sponsor, a plan of eating,
working the Steps and lots of good recovery literature. Each day
members open up their hearts to each other and share their experience,
strength and hope about the disease of compulsive eating they share
with one another. Realizing that emotional and spiritual recovery is
as important as the physical, Recovery Loop members strive to reach
their goals in all three.
More about the mission of the Recovery Loop can be found on its website:
To join The Recovery Loop, please send an email to:
(No subject is necessary)
Body of email: Subscribe Recovery FirstName LastInitial
RECOVERY MEDITATIONS ONE DAY AT A TIME
One of the most special projects ever undertaken by the Recovery Group
is the Recovery Meditations project. Realizing the importance of
starting the day with an inspirational message, the members of the
Recovery Group were invited to contribute an original meditation.
What we received were many beautiful and original pieces and the project
will remain ongoing until we have received 365 of them. We currently have over
200. When we reach 365, we would like to have them published along with a
calendar and, perhaps, an audio tape.
Recovery Meditations are distributed each morning to all members of the
Recovery Group and to a subscription list of almost a thousand
individual members. In addition, each meditation has its own web page
and we are very proud of each of these little vignettes.
All the meditations are linked to:
We also have a Recovery Meditations calendar and a beautiful photograph
or painting accompanies the meditations for that month. For example,
November has an awesome photo of the Grand Canyon and prints out great.
Some titles for November are: Hope, Hitting Bottom, The Promises,
Honesty, Patience, Boundaries, Courage, Perfection, etc. Each
meditation begins with a quotation from a famous person followed by
the experience, strength and hope of the author relating to that
quotation. All end with a meditation beginning with "One day at a
If you would like to contribute your own meditation, please send it to