I have had a spiritual awakening as a result of working the Steps while being abstinent one day at a time. I know this because I am much different today than when I was either trying to control the food or else stuffing my face. The Big Book refers often to a spiritual experience or spiritual awakening; for me, that awakening resulted in a “personality change sufficient to bring about recovery” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., p. 567). Today, I am not compulsively overeating or fighting a compulsion to eat, nor am I worrying about when my next meal will come

To continue reading this story, subscribe or log in below. For US$23, subscribers get one year of access to new Lifeline stories published ten times per year, plus our complete archive of hundreds of stories published since January 2016.

Existing Users Log In
   
New User Registration
*Required field
  • Stepping Up to Recovery

    I cannot believe I have been abstinent long enough to have made it to Step Twelve. When I …
  • What Keeps Me

    Service is what keeps me in the program. There is no “as if” in it; my life truly does dep…
  • Abstinent, Loving Witness

    Active addiction leads to denial, and asking more of a sponsee than I do myself is a red f…
Load More Related Articles
  • Giving and Living

    When I arrived at my first OA meeting in August 1999, a member greeted me at the door. Whe…
  • Stepping Up to Recovery

    I cannot believe I have been abstinent long enough to have made it to Step Twelve. When I …
  • What Keeps Me

    Service is what keeps me in the program. There is no “as if” in it; my life truly does dep…
Load More By admin
  • Honest to God

    Surrender is such a simple yet profound concept. When thought about, it seems so impossibl…
  • Actions That Help

    I came into program pretty mad at an HP who seemed not to care about me and let all the ba…
  • Adopting a Loving Attitude

    Mid-afternoon triggers one of my compulsive food behaviors—munching. Every day, hungry or …
Load More In Higher Power
Comments are closed.

Check Also

Giving and Living

When I arrived at my first OA meeting in August 1999, a member greeted me at the door. Whe…