Region 3’s Corner

Region 3 is an organizational designation of Overeaters Anonymous that encompasses OA groups and intergroups in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma. Its primary purpose is to carry the message of the OA Program of Recovery to those who still suffer by representing the groups and intergroups of Region 3 to the wider OA Fellowship.

Region 3’s Website

Relapse Prevention

Only YOU Can Prevent Relapse!

RELAPSE is a condition where a compulsive overeater returns to destructive eating habits after a period of abstinence as defined by the individual. Relapse is experienced to some degree by many OAs.

On a physical level, it can take the form of binge eating, eating foods which trigger the binge cycle, binging and vomiting, or fasting, starvation, compulsive exercising, and use of chemical substance to rid the body of excess food.

On an emotional level it can include returning to former negative, destructive attitudes and behaviors, the loss of faith in a power greater than the self and the reappearance of character defects that dominate the individual’s behavior.

Relapse often begins with the assumption that one is normal, cured, and no longer in need of the practices and knowledge that were gained in the 12 steps of the program.
This may not manifest itself on a conscious level, but some of the first portents of danger are:

Symptoms Leading to Relapse

  • Argumentative
  • Frustration
  • Cockiness
  • Grief
  • Complacency
  • Impatience
  • Defiance
  • “It can’t happen to me”
  • Denial
  • Letting up on disciplines
  • Depression
  • Use of mood-altering chemicals
  • Exhaustion
  • Dishonest
  • Forgetting gratitude
  • Eating my binge foods
  • Wanting too much
  • Expecting too much from others

Warning Signs of Relapse

  • Using or avoiding food to smother feelings.
  • Avoiding meetings and other OAs.
  • Irritation with the program principles and tools.
  • Using the scale, clothes size, etc. as a measure of recovery.
  • The feeling of “not belonging” in OA.
  • Making excuses for negative behavior and denial of obvious changes in body size, i.e., “it shrank at the cleaners: it’s just water weight: the scale’s broken” (even at the doctor’s office), etc.
  • A feeling of mastery over self and superiority over others.

This message is from the Region 3  Twelfth-Step-Within Committee (TSW), reaching out to those who still suffer and to address relapse and recovery!

Keep Coming Back, It Works When You Work It,

And You’re Worth It!