Recovery Meditations ~ Compulsions ~ One Day at a Time ~ May 31, 2011


Compulsive urges to overeat, gorge or purge are inadequate coping mechanisms.

Compulsion is loss of control and continuation of the behavior despite the consequences.

Gloria Arenson


Compulsive overeating is not a moral dilemma; it is not a right or wrong; nor is it a black and white event. I learned at a pre-verbal stage that compulsive overeating is a coping mechanism. When I cried to be held, I was fed; when I cried because I was wet, I was fed; when I cried because I was in pain, I was fed; when life was good, I was fed. Is it any wonder I reach for food when life is happening around me?

This program teaches me different ways to cope with life. The Steps teach me how to act on life rather than react to it. I did not choose this disease, but I do choose recovery. Through the help of my Higher Power, the program, and other program members I can recover. I can live in the solution one day at a time and one meal at a time.

One Day at a Time . . .

I will have a program. I choose recovery, health, love and life.