- Other Addictions
Submitted by: Bo Brown
My name is Janis and I am a compulsive overeater. I have been in recovery for five years and I have been abstinent from overeating for four years. I really think that my Higher Power is responsible for leading me into recovery. Recovery has given me so much. It was not about the food. The food was my solution. Food helped me cope with everything in my life. I turned to it when I was happy, sad, mad, glad etc. I turned to food no matter what the emotion was. Today I do not have to do that anymore. I have the 12 steps, a sponsor, and a group of people I can call. So when life is good or when life is bad, I have people I can share things with and get things out so I do not have to turn to the food.
This is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I am 56 years old and the journey takes you as long as your journey takes you. I did not come into recovery until the age of 51. My life is so much better now than it was years ago. I have great connection with my Higher Power and faith today.
My advice to those seeking recovery is to not be scared. I was scared to death and feared working the steps. However, in my limited mind, I did not realize what was there for me. I am so glad that God had me hang out and keep going before I found this program. Recovery is great and your life can be so much more than you ever imagined!