STEP ONE ~ INTRODUCTION
My name is Shlomo and I am a food addict and compulsive overeater. I am very grateful for the opportunity to begin the new year by leading the stepwork for the next 3 months.
First a few words about myself. I began going to OA meetings
regularly and working the steps about six years ago. This program literally saved my life since I was very obese, had all kinds of illnesses as a result of my compulsive overeating, and was not expected to live very long. I knew I had a problem and I tried to get
treatment before OA. I went through everything they offer us on the outside except
operations, and nothing helped. Physically I could lose some weight
for a period of time but I always gained it back with interest. Emotionally
I was a wreck. Depressed, discouraged, and not wanting to continue living.
Outwardly, except for the physical obesity, everything looked fine. I
have a nice family and nice job. There was nothing on the outside that was
wrong. But inside myself everything was wrong, and I didn't know what to do
because everything I tried to do to get help with my problem just failed.
Then came OA and the 12 step program. It really helped and it still does. I became abstinent, and I lost the excess weight. My physical health improved, and what is most important, my emotional health improved. By embracing the spiritual solution offered by
the 12 step program, I found my solution and my recovery.
I did not do it alone, and I still cannot do it alone. I am helped
by you friends who have the same addiction and compulsive eating problem.
I am helped by my sponsors, by using the tools, by giving service, by
sponsoring, and most important by my Higher Power, whom I discovered by
working the program and being a member of this wonderful fellowship.
This program taught me how to live my life while abstinent, without
the crutches of food. The hole in my soul is now filled with my H.P., with the love of the
fellowship, and with progress and spiritual growth, as we all trudge
the Road of Happy Destiny.
Now back to what we are going to do here the next three months.
"Each day somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one compulsive
eater talks with another compulsive eater, sharing experience
strength and hope (ESH)." From the forward to the third edition, Big
Book (BB) page xviii. During the following three months I will share my ESH on working the steps. I will share in the simplest and most practical way I can, since
these steps were originally written for hopeless drunks (alcoholics),
and were meant to be simple to apply. Some steps will take more than
a week and some less, but at the end of this period we will take all
12 steps and have a spiritual awakening. We will be in recovery, and be
ready to continue progressing and growing by living steps 10-12 regularly
on a daily basis.
Now to some recommendations:
1. GET A SPONSOR.
Working the steps by myself is like operating on myself. So the first priority is to have a sponsor to work the steps with. Those who still don't have a sponsor, please get one as soon as possible. You can email the current WTS Step Sponsor Coordinator, who will send you the WTS Step Sponsor list so you can choose an online
WTS Step Sponsor for the 12 weeks you are studying the Steps with us. Or you can join our Recovery Group loop, Sponsors and Recovery, to find a permanent online sponsor. If you have any problems in that area, please send an email privately to the current WTS Step Leader or the current WTS Coordinator.
2. A LIST OF MINIMUM RECOMMENDED READING.
The book "Alcoholics Anonymous" nicknamed the "Big Book."
This is the textbook of the 12 step program. The explanations
on how to take and live the steps are given there.
You can read this book online on the URL:
When reading change "alcohol" to "food" and "drinking" to "compulsive
eating." This makes it easier to relate to the book.
Other recommended books on the program are "The 12 Steps and 12
Traditions" by OA and by AA.
Now to some informative URLs:
Click on "Big Book definitions" on the left.
You will get some word definition from a 1939 dictionary. This
is important to know since the Big Book's first edition came out in
1939, and the meaning of words, including the words in the steps, change
This URL has a list of acronyms that are used in posts and sometimes
are not understood by others. So if you come across such things as ESH,
GOMU, :-) ... you can find them here.
Now to our FIRST SHARING SUBJECT:
Please share on how compulsive eating affected your life, and how you
tried to deal with it before joining program. What is happening now
after joining program?
Have a nice day.
Shlomo, Step Leader
WTS 2002 Study, 1st Quarter