Revised/expanded definition of abstinence…"Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.”
When I first heard the newly defined definition of abstinence I was taken aback a bit. It triggered something in me and it took some time to process and figure out what the angst was. I projected this outwards towards other members or newcomers…as in what about those that are new, would this scare them off? Or, what about members who have health issues and may never get to an ideal weight? After taking some time to process it all, I believe my Higher Power is speaking to me in regards to taking a good look at my abstinence and my plan of eating. It's not about other members, it's about me! Am I being totally honest in regards to my abstinence? Is it time to re-evaluate my plan of eating? Is my abstinence as clean and rock solid as it could be? I'm taking a hard look at all of these questions and working through this with my sponsor. My number one focus in this program is abstinence and I can achieve the help and the guidance by keeping close/daily contact with my sponsor (and being honest!), working the steps and using the tools of this program. Today I'm grateful for the new definition and can thank God for those that serve who have come to this conclusion.
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual OA member and do no represent OA as a whole.