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"In all honesty"- and with great respect.
on November 20, 2012
Dear Reader, and undoubtedly, fellow traveler through the mists of addiction and the life of recovery; "Greetings" from a very lucky fellow.
Many years ago (circa. 1985) I met Bill Bluestein, who understood the difference between what passed for the 12-Step Program as OA practiced it then - and the 12 steps, as practiced in AA. In other words, he knew the true meaning of the steps, and why so very few people recovered in OA.
Thanks to Bill's understanding, I became one of the few people I have ever met, who became free of the compulsion/obsession (addction) with food.
Bottom Line: If you apply the 12 steps as AA outlines them, you can be freed of the compulsion with food. As we used to say: "Simple, but not easy."
I feel for Jan's writing, and appreciate the answer given here; and you can find 'my story' in "Maintenance", Bill Bluestein- IF you can find that book (I just did, on Amazon!- but it IS Out-of-print, yet still around.) Likewise, "Compulsive Overeater"- the first text Bill B. wrote- which IS still in print, and available via Amazon.
Please note: Bill's lovely wife's name was: Enid - and this book is written by Elizabeth L.; is someone else's sincere contribution. I'm not qualified to comment on it- but do know the power of Bluestein's solid gold understanding of 'the Steps.' If you read his book(s) and the 'Big Book' of AA, and the "12 Steps and 12 Traditions" of AA, know this; You can be set free from the hell of addiction. You Can Be Set Free. Blessings, and "Hello"s to anyone who goes back that far(!) - "Ha!" I've been blessed to be 'sober' with food since then! Ahhh- in Bluestein's "Maintenance" you'll find "Curt's Story"- that'd be 'lucky me.'