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After reading about the new definitions for “abstinence” and “recovery” approved by the World Service Business Conference 2019, I had a couple of questions: 1) What were the original definitions? 2) What were the reasons for changing the definitions? The 1988 WSBC approved this first Statement on Abstinence and Recovery: “According to the dictionary, the word ‘abstain’ means to refrain from. Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of refraining from compulsive eating. “Recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.” In 2002, this statement was changed to: “According to the dictionary, the word ‘abstain’ means to

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