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SCRAPBECCA Posts: 3,657
5/2/13 12:17 P

I attend RFA, Recovey from Food Addiction. It has saved my life.

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5/2/13 12:00 P

I have looked into this; however, was detered by the specific programs I found. All seemed somewhat geared towards "god-fearing" people where the very first step is to hand it over to the Lord and accept that He will guide you through your journey. I am not a religious person and do not feel that God made me fat/unhealthy and certainly will not help me get skinny/healthy. I do understand that some people would benefit in turning to God for strength to fix their own problem and guidance through the journey, but it's just not for me.

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5/2/13 10:46 A

Remember the second word in any 12 step meeting. Anonymous... what is said there, stays there. Please respect this so others will keep coming back.

ALM0226 Posts: 158
11/30/12 10:06 P

I had my first OA mtg. And I'm gonna go again....very formal in opening and closing the meeting but l related to the people pretty well

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,180
11/29/12 11:52 A

My Mom does Food Addicts. They are VERY STRICT.

ALM0226 Posts: 158
11/28/12 7:55 P

4mehealth, let me know how your meeting goes on Thursday.

Thank you all for the feedback...guess it depends on who your group is...and I won't know if I don't give it a shot.

I'll let you know late Friday evening what it was like for those of you who are considering it...also, gonna check out the other group...FAA?

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11/27/12 2:22 P

I have and continue to seriously consider it. I'm also considering FAA, food addicts anonymous. I heard that OA does have you give up all white flour and refined sugar. Though that also may depend on what chapter you join. You also have to have a sponsor and it sounds like you have to ask someone to sponsor you? But I am not sure so don't hold me to it. I would seriously like to hear more from actual people who have been.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
11/27/12 10:43 A

I too have been researching OA and had decided to try my first meeting this Thursday night. Why don't we both go and compare what we've experienced?

11/27/12 8:32 A

I found the first OA group I joined helpful. But when we moved, the group in my area was not. The members in the second group were "going to do something about weight" just as soon as they learned to love themselves "just the way I am right now."

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with their thinking, nor that it's right. I'm saying it wasn't what I needed.

You might want to determined exactly what you'd like to get from such a group before you go to the meeting. That way, you can feel free to join immediately if your needs and expectations are met--or to look elsewhere if they aren't.

Best of success to you.

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11/26/12 10:12 P

I used to go to OA meetings. The group is made up of different types of people. I was bulimic at the time and I was trying to get support to stop binge eating because I was tired of purging. It is run much like an AA meeting...12 steps, just substituting words (addictions). The premise is that addiction is addiction and its not "what you're eating, it's what's eating you"'s about finding inner strength and a belief in a higher power, admitting that you are powerless, and finding inner serenity to guide your days...the problem with 12 step food addiction groups is that you can't totally abstain from food. However, i think the main goal is for the person to find ways to fill themselves emotionally rather than with food.

ALM0226 Posts: 158
11/26/12 6:36 P

So anyone ever try OA? In doing some research I fell across OA and am gonna go to my first meeting this Friday......I looked at what characteristics most over eaters exhibit and I fit the bill for most of I figure maybe some in person group support may help?

If you have gone to this support group can you share your experiences?


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