We offer this story and others forthcoming to help newcomers who may not yet be familiar with OA literature, such as The Brown Book, that share members’ stories. We also offer these stories to help current members who may want to read a story from someone closer to home.
Identifying with someone’s story and glimpsing the promise of recovery in it are powerful. As AA’s Big Book says,
We hope no one will consider these self-revealing accounts in bad taste. Our hope is that many [food-addicted] men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, “Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.”