Every binge I have had in OA is so much better than any I had before OA. Not leaving the rooms

means I am in recovery. Abstinence and recovery are different. If you are reading this, you are in recovery. Recovery gives me a chance to use some of the many lifesaving skills I have learned. Often these tools lessen the pain of relapse and can stop a binge.

Does abstinence take my recovery to higher levels? Absolutely, but God always meets me exactly where I am. Thankfully most of the people in the rooms do the same. God has greater things available for me, and my fellow members are saddened that I am unable to find the miracle just yet. This journey allows me to learn patience, it allows the people that walk with me to practice patience, and it allows me to thrive knowing God’s patience has no limits.

We are all in recovery. No one is doing any better than another. We are all on a level playing field as we meet with the desire to stop eating compulsively. Together we support one another as we work to tap into the well of abundance God has in store for us. If you cannot stop eating, you belong. If you have stopped eating compulsively, help us remember we belong. When pain is shared, it is less burdensome. We cannot do this alone. We each have a very important role whether abstaining or not. Yes, I am a recovering compulsive overeater still too frightened to put down the food. As long as I trudge this path I am recovering and I thank OA for not letting me do this alone.

–  Jill S.

(June, 2015)