Shelley N. Fischer
Monday, May 14, 2012
Overeaters Anonymous- 12 Steps to New Life
I decided because I don’t drink and have never had a drug addiction that I wanted to find a 12- step program that would be relatable to something I felt could help me in my life now. I decided that the program would be Overeaters Anonymous. I have known for a long time that I have an addictive nature, as I tend to become very focused on something I like and buy or accumulate as much as I can whether I need it or not. I did not want to say, however, I was addicted to food for a long time. I would rationalize my binges on sugary things as a “BIG sweet tooth” and blame my parents for it, inherited you know! The past few years it has gotten to be a problem at times. I have come to the realization, it is not my parents who created the problem but me. I am the one who loves anything sweet and cannot seem to stop at just one piece of candy but a whole bag. I am the one who continues to buy them in mass quantities and to sit at night in front of my computer and finish them off. I am the one, when depressed, or sad, or angry, who goes to buy more and eats until the bags are gone. Then I have major migraines from the coming off the sugar high, and I say I am NEVER going to do that again, only to do it again. I found a meeting last week, held at a church on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. With that, I decided that is where I would start. Truthfully, it was just for the class assignment. Not for my problems but to do my assignment well. I got to the church about two minutes before it started. I meant to be there earlier, but forgetting I am no longer living in a town where it takes 10 minutes maximum to get anywhere, it took 30 minutes. There were six women and one man sitting around a large table, talking and laughing together as old friends and acquaintances. They were warm and welcoming in their greeting to me and,...