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I came to understand my abstinence through working with my first OA sponsor in Step One, looking at what foods and food behaviors I was powerless over and when my life was unmanageable as it related to food. The most obvious problem was my nighttime bingeing, and at first my bottom-line abstinence was not bingeing at night, using the 3-0-1 plan. “No nighttime bingeing” is still my bottom-line abstinence, and I am so grateful that my last binge happened more than twenty years ago—and less than a month after I first joined OA. “Abstinence” versus “food plan” was confusing for

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