Overeaters Anonymous of Greater OKC will host a writing workshop on body image from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., February 6, at All Souls Family Center, which is in the north parking lot of All Souls Episcopal Church, in Oklahoma City. Using several of the 12 steps, patterns around body image will be uncovered, explored, accepted and released.
The pain of feelings is usually the reason any type of addictive behavior is picked up. It can seem easier to deal with the familiar pain of addiction than the overwhelming and seemingly hopeless pain of the feelings. This is why diets don’t work long term. Shame associated with body image is one of the things compulsive overeaters have eaten about. This workshop is an example of using the steps to recover from this, and to not be driven back to food.
Members of Overeaters Anonymous are recovering from disordered eating. In addition to learning how to make healthy food choices and engage in healthy eating behaviors, recovery entails learning to live in our body and life with the feelings, patterns, habits, beliefs and past that we’ve created. The 12 steps are a way of living with the person we are, the person that had been covered up both physically and emotionally by the overeating and the obsession with food and weight control. It’s a method of identifying our habits and traits and choosing which to keep and which to release. It’s a lifelong process.
Donations encouraged. Attendees can bring lunch and enjoy free coffee and tea. Bottled water and sugar-free sodas are available for purchase. Location: NW 63rd and Pennsylvania Ave., OKC. For more information, call 405-367-9505 or visit OAOKC.org.