How and Why does a 12-Step Program Work for Compulsive Eating?

The Twelve Steps are the heart of the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) recovery program. They offer a new way of life that enables the compulsive eater to live without the need for excess food. The ideas expressed in the Twelve Steps, which originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, reflect practical experience and application of spiritual insights recorded by thinkers throughout the ages. Their greatest importance lies in the fact that they work! They enable compulsive eaters and millions of other Twelve-Steppers to lead happy, productive lives, and they represent the foundation upon which OA is built. In this episode, we will talk with members about the difference OA’s 12-step program has made for them in their journey to recovery from compulsive eating, and we will also talk to Dr. Marty Lerner, psychologist and CEO of an eating disorder clinic in Florida, about how he has seen the OA program work for his clients.