An alcoholic can choose to remove all alcohol from her house, can choose not to go into a liquor store, and can choose to stay out of bars. In essence, she can virtually eliminate alcohol from her immediate surroundings. I know that doesn't remove the desire or the craving, and I am by no means minimizing the struggle. The alcoholic will eventually have to learn to survive in a world where alcohol is present. But stop and think for a minute. The alcoholic has the ability to completely stop drinking alcohol, get it completely out of her system. I, as a compulsive overeater, do not have that choice. If I stop eating, I starve and die.
The struggle I'm having is that first meal, that first bite. Just like the alcoholic's first drink, it can lead to a binge, which leads to me wanting to purge. So, the struggle the COE has is that she must eat, but not overdo; she has to indulge, but only a little. Do you see the dilemma here?
I was chatting last night with another COE at an on-line OA meeting. When I mentioned this to her, she said she thought that an addiction to food was the worst addiction one could have. I would imagine everyone struggling with an addiction, be it alcohol, drugs, or food, thinks theirs is the worst one out there. I guess all we can do is take it day by day ... or, as they say, "one day at a time."