Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-H.O.W.
Pennsylvania-West Virginia-Ohio-Virginia Intergroup
Frequently Asked Questions
What is compulsive eating?
A compulsion is an irresistible urge to do an irrational act.  If you stuff yourself with food to try deal with an emotion such as fear, loneliness or anger, and if you are overweight as a consequence, then you might be a compulsive eater. For more information, please consider clicking this link for a brief quizAm I a Compulsive Eater? 

What is the purpose of CEA-H.O.W.?

Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

Does it cost me anything to join CEA-H.O.W.?

There are no dues or fees for members.

What is Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-H.O.W.?

The letters H.O.W. stand for honesty, open-mindedness and willingness.  We are a 12-step group recovering from compulsive eating.  We use the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book" and the "12 Steps and 12 Traditions" book as tools of examination and release.  When we substitute the words "compulsive eater" for "alcoholic" and "food" for "alcohol," we feel we identify absolutely.

What is the difference between CEA-H.O.W. and other 12-step food programs?

CEA-H.O.W. offers a disciplined and structured approach to those of us whose compulsion has reached a critical level.  The CEA-H.O.W. steps, traditions, and tools of recovery are not suggested; rather, we accept them as requirements for our recovery. 

What happens at CEA-H.O.W. meetings?

Wonderful things! At every meeting, you will hear members share their experience, strength, and hope. You will hear how members have used the tools of the program and the 12 steps to overcome life's difficulties and stay out of the food. Sponsors will introduce themselves and qualify as to the length of their abstinence and weight loss. As a newcomer, you can come as you are, sit, relax, and listen to see if you like what you hear.

How do I start?

You've already started! Please look at our local CEA-H.O.W. meeting list on this site and consider visiting us.  If you need more information or directions, please contact us. Thank you for allowing us to help you.

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