WTS ~ WORKING THE STEPS

2008

Step One
We admitted we were powerless over food
that our lives had become unmanageable.



STEP ONE, PART THREE

Hi everyone,
My name is Shlomo and I am a food addict and compulsive overeater. Let us continue with explaining our disease.

Our disease is progressive - it gets worse with time. This means that as time passes our physical cravings after eating triggers get stronger, but even more than that. Our list of triggers never gets smaller in fact it gets bigger and some foods that were safe to eat in the past may turn to triggers as time passes. Therefore I have to be on guard and check my food for foods that were safe but now make me want to eat more and then add them to my trigger food list. This is an ongoing process that will continue all my lifetime. Getting complacent about that may cause me to relapse even if I work the steps, since when I eat triggers , new or old, they will cause me cravings no matter how hard I work the steps.

The disease progresses not only physically but mentally too. My obsessive thoughts get stronger with time too. This actually means that in order to recover I have to be more and more diligent in working the steps and applying them in my life.

Our disease is chronic. This means we are stuck with it for life, and there is no cure that will enable us to eat like normal people.

Our disease is fatal, which means that untreated it will kill us. An example of another progressive chronic and fatal disease is Diabetes type one. It also has no cure, but it can be treated and stabilized by daily insulin treatment. Food addiction has no cure but can be treated by daily spiritual action of working the 12 steps.

We are ready to try the spiritual treatment when we reach bottom. Reaching bottom is an internal affair. External circumstances may drive us to reach bottom but they of themselves, no matter how terrible, are not the bottom. The bottom is the feeling of utter helplessness and despair that we feel deep inside when we come to the internal realization that food is our God and master and there is nothing we can do about it. We are in complete and total defeat and no human power, be it ours or others, can help us. So actually the real bottom is the same for everyone although the external circumstances may be varied and be entirely different for each of us.

ASSIGNMENTS

A. Read the chapter THERE IS A SOLUTION

Mark the following sentences and paragraphs that show and describe the following.
1. How others don't understand our problem.
2. The difference between a hard drinker (one who just eats too much ) and an alcoholic (a food addict).
3. Our obsession caused our willpower around food to be nonexistent.
4. Professional human help does not solve our problem.

Reflect on each of those and share how they manifested in your life.

B. Read the chapter MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM

Mark the following sentences and paragraphs that show and describe the following.
1. The great obsession of the abnormal eater.
2. The first step in recovery (this is a pre-step before the first of the twelve).
3. Once a food addict always a food addict.
4. Examples of obsessive thinking in Jim and Fred's stories which show that at certain times the food addict has no effective mental defense against the first bite.
5. The jaywalker example.

Reflect on each of those and share how they manifested in your life.

Shlomo




 
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