The other day I was speaking with a therapist regarding her work with eating disorder patients. This therapist is located about 100 miles north of LA in a fairly well known city. A city with a few therapists specializing in eating disorders. So this next question caught me off guard. She asked, “Do you know a 12 step group for anorexics?”. I replied, “Um, well I mean Overeaters Anonymous is for Anorexics as well, even though they don’t overeat right?”. Suddenly all my years of feeling like an eating disorder expert myself (with 18 years battling the disease and my recovery) felt like a sham.
I hung up the phone and thought come on surely somebody has thought of this! So I did a little work on my Google machine. And alas I found this site www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org. Where it appears some very smart individuals have created the group that people need! A 12 step group that isn’t geared just to Overeaters (and who even likes that word?).
I am going to put this little discovery on my Facebook and Twitter page to raise awareness and I ask you to do the same. In this world of amazing resources sometimes even we miss little things that could be beneficial to someone around us. I called that therapist back and her client is on the site checking it out! They might need a new group in the town she is in. But I am working on it!