Just Food

I went to an online abstinence workshop and this article from Lifeline was mentioned so I figured I would share it. Have a wonderful abstinent day:)

Just Food


“Food is not my best friend, my confidante or my lover. Food does not fix broken promises, broken hearts or broken dishwashers. It doesn’t clean my house, organize my life or organize my mind. Food won’t hold my hand and walk me through the dark when I’m afraid or whisper good advice in my ear when I’m about to screw up. Food does not carry a tissue in its back pocket to wipe away tears, nor does food have a shoulder to lean on when I just can’t go another step. It does not fix any of my problems.

Food is not my advocate when I am treated unfairly or my spokesperson when I can’t speak for myself. Food does not make right old wrongs, does not erase childhood trauma or make past abuse finally okay. It does not eliminate long-standing grudges, old mistakes or pain. Food does not make the disappointment go away or play games with me when the boredom sets in. Food does not help me deal with a job I hate, a person I hate or my own self-hate. Food does not give me things, will not make me prettier or smarter or thinner (especially not thinner).

Food will cover up the truth, food will distort reality, and food will pretend to do all the things that food really can’t do.

Food, I am learning my friends, is just that. It’s just food.”
                                                  – Bianca W., Woodstock, Georgia USA. Lifeline Magazine November 2012


I was listening to one of my favorite speakers and have a few takeaways (he’s an AA speaker:

  1. Grow where you’re planted. (I’ve also heard bloom where you’re planted)
  2. You are not responsible for your disease but you’re responsible for your recovery.
  3. With 12 steps you have just now tapped into a source of power much greater than yourself.
  4. This is the only club you can be a member of where the worse off you are you get here the better your chances of staying.
  5. The God (HP) in me reaches out to the God (HP)in you.
  6. The Big Book is not the treasure, it’s the map.
  7. We don’t treat a spiritual disease with mechanical means.

8. If you’re sitting in  here and you think this program is just about not drinking and not using, you’re short changing the program and short changing yourself. If you just don’t drink and you just don’t use, you might stop going to jail on the weekends. If you just don’t drink and you just don’t use, you might make it home with a whole paycheck. If you just don’t drink and you just don’t use, you might make it to work Monday morning. But what this program has to offer. is a whole lot more than that.

What this program is really about is obtaining and maintaining access to a source of power that does for me what I cannot do for myself. What this program is really about, is obtaining and maintaining access to a source of power that can do anything but fail. What this program is really about taking people like us broken down people alcoholics and addicts who don’t have dreams or hopes anymore. It takes people like us and sticks us in one room together and I stick one hand in your hand and the other hand in God’s hand (HP). This program is about growth and change. If there’s going to be any change in my life, it begins and ends with me.