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What is Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous? Current Definition: “Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors. Abstinence is the #1 action in my life, so that GOD can be in the center. Abstinence keeps OA Recovery has given me a relationship with The Mystery of Life!. Using OA's definition of abstinence, I had to decide what I could refrain from, one day at a time, no matter where I was or what was happening.
I do not envy those who do. It is not fruits or carrots that brought us to OA!
In OA, my job is to serve other people. Before OA, there was never enough to satisfy me; in OA, abstinence satisfies me now. Through OA Recovery, I experience more days of grace.
My life must illustrate OA Recovery. Before OA, I had a hole in my soul not a whole soul. OA has taught me how to keep company with my feelings rather than eat over them. My old life before OA, depended upon hanging onto my defects and my old survival skills.
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Find the blessings in this disease through the OA Fellowship. In OA, I am learning to take care of myself and others. Before OA, I had a head full of knowledge and a heart full of nothing.
Codependency was a sport in my family. I need boundaries around food or I would bury myself alive with food. OA is a camaraderie and fellowship among people who understand. OA Meetings keep us connected to our own kind. FOOD kept me neutral so I would not feel pain or joy. The honesty is healing me. The old solution before OA was to feed the voice.
OA is not drive-through recovery. When I want to eat between meals, then, something is going on; and it is not hunger.
The mental twist is what leads to the first compulsive bite. A queer mental condition surrounds the first compulsive bite.
To pass it on to others plays an important role and a vital part in our own recovery. Courage and compassion are needed when I miss the mark. OA is the bright spot of our lives: The objective of OA's definition of abstinence is that the compulsive eater refrain not from eating, but rather, from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors, and work towards or maintain a healthy body weight.
Thus, OA calls for the compulsive eater to define his or her own plan of eating which enables the compulsive eater to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors, while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
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The program suggests that members identify the foods that "trigger" overeating. Since individuals are responsible to define their own plan of eating, they are able to change their plan of eating if their needs and understanding of their compulsions change, without that change constituting a breach of abstinence. Members are encouraged to seek counsel with other individuals before making such changes, generally including a member or members of the OA fellowship, to validate that the reasons are sound and not unwittingly a decision based on underlying compulsion.
Small changes have been made to make these applicable to eating disorders, but such adaptation has been minimal. To take the twelve steps and practice the twelve traditions, OA program literature recommends using eight "Tools of Recovery.
These tools are considered critical to obtaining and maintaining abstinence. A sponsor provides guidance through the OA program and support where necessary, but gradually encourages autonomy in the sponsee.
A sponsor strives to make his or her job obsolete. Some of these caution against foods containing excessive sugarcaffeine and white flour. The researchers conducting the analysis suggested that new members begin with a somewhat rigid plan which becomes increasingly flexible by the end of a year in the program.
For example, a person who knows that eating after a certain time in the evening triggers compulsive food behavior might include in their plan of eating a commitment to abstain from eating after that time of night; a person who knows that snacking between meals triggers compulsive food behavior would probably include in their plan of eating a commitment to abstain from chewing or sucking between meals.
The survey had found that Both figures are generally in line with estimates made by the American Psychological Association that the male to female ratio of those with eating disorders ranges from 1: The researcher stated that the typical OA member in Washington was white and highly educated.
This reflects the trend for increasing numbers of females to be employed outside of the home. Researchers have therefore concluded that application of OA practices might directly help promote abstinence and reduce the frequency of relapse in those with binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
Researchers have noted the high level of honesty at OA meetings and pointed out that working the Twelve Steps reinforces this quality.
In particular, an increased sense of spirituality was correlated with improvement in eating attitudes, fewer body shape concerns, and better psychological and social functioning. However, measures of religiosity and particular religious affiliations have never been found to correlate with treatment outcomes.
Paradoxically, bulimics were also found to attend fewer meetings, and had less of a commitment to write their thoughts and feelings down daily. However, the frequency of relapse for bulimics and binge eaters was not significantly different. The differences may be explained by the predictable nature of the bulimic cycle. Other research has found binge eaters in OA had better success than bulimics. Most OA members who have reported negative experiences in the program are anorexic.How I Make an Abstinent Breaksfast
This could be caused by OA's focus on problems of eating too much rather than too little. Some OA practices, such as refraining from eating certain kinds of foods, are antithetical in the case of anorexics. OA's emphasis on group commitment and psychological and spiritual development provided a framework for developing positive, adaptive and self-nurturing treatment opportunities.
Accordingly, several researchers have identified worldview transformation in members of various self-help groups dealing with addiction issues. Such research describes "worldview" as four domains: In OA, members changed their beliefs that "it is bad to eat" to "one must eat to stay alive and should not feel guilty about it"; "one is simply overweight and needs to lose pounds" to "one has underlying psychological and interpersonal problems"; "one must deprecate oneself, deprive oneself, please other people" to "it is okay to express positive feelings about oneself and take care of one's needs"; "food is the answer to all problems, the source of solace" to "psychological and emotional needs should be fulfilled in relationships with people"; "I am a person who eats uncontrollably" to "I am someone who has limitations and does not eat what is harmful for me.
Binge eating has been described as a "futile attempt to restock depleted emotional stores, when attempts at doing everything perfectly have failed. Paradoxically, an OA member's experience of themselves was also characterized by strong feelings of personal failure, dependence, despair, stress, nervousness, low self-esteem, powerlessness, lack of control, self-pity, frustration and loneliness.