By Phillip Z.
What percentage people have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the concept that of a better strength. In A Skeptic's advisor to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper figuring out of a better energy. He examines what could seem like "unsettling" suggestions to us together with surrendering one's will and existence to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the non secular trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.
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She smiled, took my hand, and told me that OA did not charge any fee. She explained that people who regularly attended meetings were asked to make contributions to cover rent and expenses, but that newcomers were not asked to contribute. Page 17 She suggested I attend several meetings before deciding if OA was for me. She added that if I wished, I could use my money to purchase program literature that would explain Overeaters Anonymous and provide a basis on which I could decide if the program was right for me.
On the contrary, with the exception of my weight, I was quite happy and excited with the way my life was going. I had a pleasant and enriching family life, a thriving practice as a psychotherapist, and a community of good friends. Nevertheless, whatever emotional factors led to my condition, the fact remained that I had become clinically obese, more than fifty pounds over the current medically recommended weight for my height. I gave some thought to trying to diet but could muster little enthusiasm.
I felt terrified and confused. I had hoped this time I would be able to keep the weight off. But that deep sense of dread and hopelessness that I had tried to put out of my mind throughout the months of successful dieting was proving to be an accurate prognostication. My loss of control with food became greater as I gained thirty-five pounds in less than two months. I stopped going to the diet program and did not return the messages my counselor left on my answering machine. I had failed again.