About Emotional Sobriety And Food


The next step is emotional sobriety



Are you looking for peace of mind?

Are you looking for conscious contact with the God of your understanding?

Are you looking to live a life of sane and happy usefulness?

If so, please join us as we read and discuss the AA Big Book and other program literature.

We are a group of women who meet:

Sundays: 5:30 – 6:30 AM EST.

Telephone Conference Number: 712-775-7031 

Access Code: 397-681-282

Playback Recording Number: 712-775-7029

Access Code: 397-681-282

Our phone line also has international telephone numbers and screen sharing capacity.

The purpose of our workshop is to deepen our program by learning new ways to expand our application of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and to help us awaken to the powerful spiritual principles embodied in the 12 Steps.

As compulsive over eaters/ food addicts, our focus is on emotional sobriety and food.

Having had a spiritual awakening as THE result of these steps, the goal of this blog is to be of service to the 12 Step community and try to “carry the message to those who still suffer, and practice these principles in all our affairs.”

Thank you for joining us as we “trudge the Road OF Happy Destiny.” (AA Big Book: 164:3)

For references purposes, here is a copy of our most recent group format:

Emotional Sobriety group format 10-5-14

Emotional Sobriety group format 10-5-14 

Here is a shorter version with 2 different meditations:

Format for meeting3-13-2016

Format for meeting3-13-2016


  1. How does one begin? I have been in and out of OA
    since 1989 and have periods of abstinence but have never hade more than a year
    Of abstinence. I am just coming out of relapse and want to start over and
    work on my emotional soberity. I have always been an emotional eater and
    want to find a way to work through my emotions
    without reaching for food for the answer.

    Thank you for any help or suggestions you have for me.


    • Edith, what a great question! I want to refer you to this wonderful site: https://foodaddiction.com/types-of-eaters/. The writer discusses the differences between food addiction and emotional eating. They are connected, but not the same thing.

      Program is based on the idea that I have an abnormal reaction to certain foods. As long as I abstain from eating foods that trigger a craving, then I can keep the mental obsession in abeyance, and maintain abstinence.

      Fundamentally, in order to work a program of recovery, I need to:
      Follow my food plan, take the steps and take others through the steps, and live in steps 10, 11, and 12.

      Living in Steps 10, 11 and 12 means: daily inventory, prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding and being of service to others.

      Really, program is very simple.

      I personally find that it is very important to use all the tools: meetings, sponsorship, reading, writing, phone calls, etc.. It is very grounding and centering.

      Emotional Sobriety is the gift that comes from living in the last 3 steps.

      However, learning how to work through emotions, without escaping into food or other self-numbing behaviors may be beyond the scope of program. I hate to say it, but, sometimes, program is not enough. That could be why it has been so difficult for you to maintain your abstinence.

      I hope this helps!

      Thank you so much for your comment! I really had to think about it.

      In love and service,

  2. Hi there. I am just coming back after relapse and stumbled on your site a couple of months back ~ I want to get back , knee deep in the solution and back to my relationship with God. I noticed that your meeting was for people who have worked through the steps ~ which i have historically done ,but am currently only 3 days abstinent. I am anxious to get my path clear again through inventory, amends and God… Just making sure that its ok to join your group and that it still is going on Sunday mornings ? Thanks so much.

  3. thank you for the amazing 5 one hour meeting doing all 12 steps.

    I did pray as you suggested, for a knowledgeable partner, and it was an excellent partnership.

    Because of doing the 12 steps,, I rejoined OA with a really good sponsor. I was off the wagon, but we learn, its progress, not perfection!

    Is it possible to post all the participants, so we can call each other for outreach calls?

    I really am indebted to you as a sholeach, and a new kesher to Hashem!

    good Shabbos.

    Rachel L.

  4. Thank you so much for posting all your recordings, I am finding them so helpful. I am in Arizona and cannot listen live. Your sharing is so amazing, I am learning so much. Thank you, Thank you!

  5. I am new to this group. I live on the west coast and do not wake up early enough to attend in person, however I have been listening to recordings. Wish I could attend in person!

      • Bs”d really appreciate all your hard work to create this lovely, helpful site!

        FYI-I started a “Secret” oa group on Facebook if people want to join-must be recognized/approved by moderators. Is anonymous &/but if your account has your real surname, obviously that will be seen.

        Great to have resources & caring support of us all!

        Thanks so much for your service!!👍🎈🎉🎈

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