This loop is for people who suffer from both compulsive overeating and some kind of emotional health issue that interferes with their life to a dramatic degree or has in the past. We use the 12-step program of Overeaters Anonymous and literature of Alcoholics Anonymous to recover from our compulsive overeating, while helping each other deal with the mental health issues which are such a huge and difficult part of our lives. The only requirement to join this loop is the desire to stop compulsively overeating. Like all 12-step programs, we work on our recovery on three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. This loop provides a safe haven for those whose emotional recovery is an ongoing challenge and requires an extra measure of support, compassion, encouragement, and understanding. We welcome all newcomers!
We are fellow sufferers in a self-help loop, not mental health or medical professionals. Members are responsible for their own recovery and mental health. Messages represent individual members only, not OA or 12step4coes.
Our email loop has some basic guidelines that all members must follow. Please, read the following guidelines and be sure to follow them when you begin to share on our loop:
Guideline 1: Due to the sensitive nature of mental health issues, this loop is EXTREMELY CONFIDENTIAL. Messages can only be read as private emails sent to individual members. No messages will be posted on the website for members or anyone else to read. All messages must be treated as extremely confidential by all members in every way. Members may wish to set up an anonymous email address from a service such as Hotmail (www.hotmail.com) or Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) to further protect their identity.
Guideline 2: On this loop we share our experience, strength, hope and inspiration with fellow compulsive overeaters. Our purpose is to encourage, upbuild and strengthen our recovery from compulsive overeating, through sharing positive messages of truth, courage and the overcoming of adversity. Feel free to share both your problems and their solutions. Please remember to always use courtesy and respect.
Guideline 3: Although ours is a spiritual program, each member of our group interprets this spiritual side in his/her own way. Therefore, in order to protect the spiritual program of all our members, we use the terms God, God of my understanding, or higher power, when referring to our spiritual work.
Guideline 4: Negative messages that attack or put down other members of this loop are called "flaming" and are not allowed. If you have something personal to discuss with someone, please email them privately. Members who choose to "flame" on our loop will lose their privilege to share on the loop. Thanks for helping make our loop a safe place for all of us to share.
If you would like to join our loop, type in your email address below and click on the Yahoo Groups button at the right. We look forward to meeting you in our email loop!
Welcome to Emotional Health Issues And COE!