12 Step Program For Weight Loss

OAAt the heart of any 12 step program is a realization that one’s life has spiraled out of control. Help is needed. Those who struggle with their weight can feel just as helpless as others and the structure of a 12 step program, along with the support provided in a group, can mean the difference between success and continued failure.

Obesity has been shown time and time again to be a life threatening disease. Worse, it’s reached epidemic proportions in the US. It ought to be obvious by now that all the plans and diet fads aren’t really stopping the trend. This is best explained by realizing the issue is a behavioral one – change behavior and any calorie restriction will work; fail to change the behavior and none will. The second element, just as important, is that maintenance is as critical as initial weight loss.

12 Step programs for weight loss can be found at Over-eaters Anonymous and Food Addicts Anonymous (now, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous) are two. Both have excellent websites with information and tests you can take to see if their programs fit you.

The best recommendation is to find a couple of meetings near where you live (in either organization) and go. You won’t be ridiculed. These people know where you are at. You also won’t be “sold” on a diet plan.

The purpose of attending different meetings is to see how well you fit with a particular group. Even though all will generally follow the same 12 steps, the people making up a group give it a unique character and each is run independently. You will find one that resonates with you best.

The actual steps revolve around accepting you have a problem (and seeking help), followed by dealing with all the problems being overweight has caused. The last step is to pass along your new understanding and success to others.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The 12Step.com helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, 12Step.com could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows 12Step.com to offer free resources and information to those in need by calling the free hotline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

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