Paleoanth, thank you for starting this thread. I too am a recovering alcoholic with longterm sobriety...just celebrated 19 years July 6...had my last drink on July 5, 1987. I am practically an antique.
Ever since I was a youngster, I knew that carbs were NOT my friends and that I could not eat like normal people. Later on I used cigarettes to control my compulsion to eat and keep my weight down. Well, I quit smoking 99 days ago and my weight ballooned, along with all the symptoms of hyperinsulinemia. I am dealing with the recovery from nicotine and food by using the steps...and the Heller's CALP, which works for me. It requires total surrender, total honesty.
And to help those who are still struggling with surrender, here are the Promises of AA, which apply to any addiction, obsession, or compulsion. I suggest reading The Promises every single day and keeping them taped up where you can see them. During the times that I cannot think my way out of wanting to do a destructive behaviour, where deep breathing, prayer, and calling my sponsor seem too hard, I read The Promises, and they remind me of what I would be throwing away if I indulged.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are
half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret
the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we
will know peace. No matter how far down the scale
we have gone, we will see how our experience
can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness
and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest
in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will
change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity
will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not
do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us
- sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.
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From 'Alcoholics Anonymous' - 4th. Edition - Page 83 - 84