Food Compulsions Anonymous is a twelve step program for recovery from compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, food obsession, and other eating addictions. We apply the twelve steps to the spiritual root of food compulsions. We address their physical cause by abstaining from foods that trigger addiction.
If you have a problem with compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, obsession with food, or other food addictions, there is a solution. It is the twelve steps. You can learn about them at our meetings. In Food Compulsions Anonymous (FCA) meetings, we study the steps that we may, together, achieve—and keep—food sobriety.
It saved our lives when we identified our relationship with food as basically that of an alcoholic’s with alcohol. Here are two examples:
1) Just as many alcoholics find themselves unable to refrain from drinking, we found ourselves unable to stop our self-destructive eating patterns. No matter how hard we tried, how great our resolve, how strong we were in other areas of our lives, how savvy we might have been regarding inner-change, how devoted some of us were to our religious or spiritual lives, we could not completely overcome our problems with food.
2) Certain foods impact us the way alcohol impacts alcoholics, in the sense that they are not only mind-altering, they also trigger destructive behavior with food. (Learn more about this at our meetings, and by talking to individual members, to see if it applies to you.)
We found a solution. We base our recovery from food problems on the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, applying Alcoholic’s Anonymous’s model of alcoholism to food addiction, both in terms of the nature of our disease and its solution. This approach was the difference between life and death for us.
Historically speaking, the most effective method for treating alcoholism is the 12 steps. Since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), many 12 step programs have sprung up to treat different addictions, such as gambling, drug abuse, and compulsive overeating. Interpretation of the 12 steps might vary in these different programs but, for us, the original interpretation of the 12 steps, as expressed in Alcoholics Anonymous literature, was the only way we could stop the nightmarish food compulsions we suffered.
In keeping with this, we carry the sole message of the 12 steps to anyone suffering from food addiction. Some food addicts have been helped by recovery houses, therapy, self-help, or religion. But they are not a substitute for the twelve steps, just as the twelve steps are not a substitute for them. Our meetings do not draw on those approaches.
When AA was founded, one of the motivators for the creation of the twelve steps was that psychology and religion rarely cured addiction. The 12 step program is a modality unto itself: It is a spiritual, but not religious, process; it shows deep understanding of the alcoholic psyche, but is not psychological per se. As Dr. Bob (a founder of A.A.) said, “Let’s not louse it all up with Freudian complexes and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with our actual A.A. work. Our 12 Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words love and service.”
If you want help, you are welcome to attend a meeting.
You’re free to listen silently, ask questions, or share your own experience of recovery through the steps.
If you are unsure about whether your problem is like ours, or whether our solution will work for you, you’re welcome to attend meetings to find out.
There are never fees to participate in FCA. We are not affiliated with any organization, religion, or other group. We are not professionals in the field of addiction, just food addicts trying to help one another.
You will not be asked to abide by any rules. We do not try to “convert” anyone to our approach; we share it only with those interested in applying it to their own food problems.
You never have to struggle alone again.
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