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International. 10,000 chapters. Founded 1948. Members use professionally-prepared materials on menu planning, food exchanges, motivation and exercise. Promotes a sensible approach to managing weight as a life choice. Weekly meetings emphasize recognition and support. Newsletter, tools for weight management and chapter development. New chapters may be started by a minimum of four people. Support group locations available online. Dues $26 (USA); $30 (Canada).
4575 S. 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
International. 6500 groups. Founded 1960. A 12-step fellowship of men and women who meet to help one another understand and overcome compulsive eating. Groups and literature for young persons and teens. Monthly magazine, literature and group development guidelines.
P.O. Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4020
International. Founded 1987. 146 affiliated groups worldwide. Founded 1987. 12-Step. Fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Primary purpose is to maintain abstinence from sugar, flour and wheat. Pen pals, online chatroom, e-mail loop, phone meetings, conferences, information and referral. Assistance in starting groups. Online listing of local support groups.
Food Addicts Anonymous
529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Ste 301A
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
International. 700 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Christ-centered. Support for anyone affected by addictions, as well as their families and friends. Uses 12-steps of A.A. and applies them to the Scriptures. Uses Jesus Christ as the 'higher power'. Supplements involvement in other 12-step groups. Newsletter, group development guidelines and conferences.
Overcomers Outreach, Inc.
12828 Acheson Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601
International. 600 affiliated groups. Founded 1985. 12-Step. Fellowship to share experience, strength and hope in order to help themselves and others who suffer from the self-destruction of compulsive eating. The H.O.W. Concept (Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness) is a disciplined and structured 12-step approach to compulsive eating which includes meetings, literature and structure to help sufferers of all manifestations of compulsive eating help themselves. No dues or fees.
Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-H.O.W.
3371 Glendale Blvd., Ste. 104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Voice: 323-660-4333 (Mon.-Fri., 10am-3pm PST)
National. 6 affiliated chapters. 12-Step. Recovery program for men and women recovering from all forms of eating and body image addictions. Includes anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating, exercise bulimics, etc. Focuses on internal growth and reclaiming bodies rather than weight or appearance.
Eating Addictions Anonymous
1501 Allison St. NW
Washington, DC 20011-7015
International. Founded 2000. Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. Focuses on the solution; not the problem. Endorses sound nutrition. Literature, information and referrals. Assistance in starting groups. Offers local support group referrals online.
P.O. Box 55876
Phoenix, AZ 85078-5876
International. Founded 1998. 12-Step. Fellowship addressing all forms of food addiction, e.g. undereating, overeating and bulimia through purging and/or exercise. FA members are all ages and walks of life. Literature, phone support, assistance in starting new groups and online listing of meetings.
Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous
400 West Cummings Park, Suite 1700
Woburn, MA 01801
International. Founded 1979. Network of recovering alcoholic women in religious orders. Helps Roman Catholic women who are, or have been, members of religious orders and are alcohol or chemically dependent, compulsive eaters, compulsive gamblers, etc. Information, referrals, assistance in meeting other members, phone support, conferences, retreats and e-mail support.
7777 Lake St. Ste. 115
River Forest, IL 60305-1734
12-Step. International. 50 chapters. 12-Step. Spiritual recovery group for anyone seeking a solution for any kind of addiction, problem or behavior. Families and friends welcome. Face-to-face and telephone meetings available. For information visit website and click on the 'Meetings' tab or 'Contact Us' tab. Free 'How To Begin...' guides and 'Start A Group' kit can be downloaded from the website.
R.A. Universal Services
P.O. Box 1212
East Northport, NY 11731
12-Step. International. Founded 2003. Mutual support for all addictions including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, smoking and gambling.
AAA World GSO
40 Wickstead Way
Thornhill, ON L3T 5E4
12-Step. Christian-based. Support for individuals who desire freedom from any addiction including alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking, gambling, overeating, co-dependency, etc.
LDS Family Services
724 East 2100 South, Ste B
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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