What is SCAA?
Sugar and Carb Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from sugar and carb addiction. We are a 12 Step–based recovery group. The 12 Steps, originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, offer a solution to our addiction by working a spiritual program and working on ourselves with the help of the group and a sponsor.
What are the requirements to join SCAA?
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop abusing sugar and carbs.
How can SCAA help me?
SCAA can offer fellowship, information, and support for your sugar and carb addiction. By attending meetings and working the 12 Steps, many of us find relief from our obsession with sugar and carbs, free to live life on life’s terms without turning to our addiction as a coping mechanism.
Why all this alcoholism talk? Isn’t this about food?
Yes, our focus is sugar and carb addiction. You will often hear us talk about alcohol and alcoholism when we read literature from Alcoholics Anonymous, the original 12 Step program. You can think "sugar and carbs" when we read “alcohol” in this literature.
What happens if I relapse?
We will meet you where you are. If you relapse, talk to your sponsor and/or another member, and get right back in. Your sponsor can also help you develop a relapse prevention plan to help you stay the course. No matter what, you are always welcome here!
Is there a cost to join?
No. SCAA is self supporting through our own contributions, which help pay for the cost of maintaining the group. You are welcome to contribute but not obligated.
Do I need to buy anything?
No. Most of us find it helpful to purchase copies of the books Alcoholics Anonymous (known as "the Big Book") and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (known as "the 12 & 12"), since these books are often used at meetings and with your sponsor. However, you can read both these books for free on the AA website.
Is there a food plan?
There is no official food plan you must follow. Most of us find that abstaining from sugar, flour, and grains works best for us. We tend to follow a low-carb diet, focusing on protein, fat, and low-carb vegetables. Working with your sponsor and healthcare professional, you can design a plan that works for you.
Why sugar and carbs?
Sugar has been proven to be addictive. Carbohydrates are chains of glucose, and when we eat them our bodies convert them to simple glucose, so we generally don’t differentiate between sugar and carbs. Glucose raises our blood sugar and insulin, which can lead to weight gain, metabolic disease, inflammation, brain fog, and many other disorders. Your healthcare professional is best qualified to explain this further, as we are focused on the solution we have found through working the 12 Steps.
What does abstinence mean?
We each define our own abstinence, usually with the help of a sponsor and sometimes a healthcare professional. It generally meaning abstaining from the foods and food behaviors that we have identified as problems.
Is this a religious program?
No, but we are a spiritual program. Most of us have an individual conception of a power greater than ourselves, which helps us stay abstinent. This need not be a religious deity, although it can be if that works for you.
What if I’m an atheist?
No problem! Many of our members identify as atheists or agnostics. For some of us, the group is our higher power. Others find spirituality in nature or other nonreligious ideas. You decide what “higher power” means to you.
What is a sponsor?
A sponsor is a sugar and carb addict who guides you through the program and the 12 Steps.
Do I have to get a sponsor?
You are not required to get a sponsor, but we highly encourage you to. If you’re new, you might consider getting a temporary sponsor to get you started until you get to know us and find a member who feels like a right fit to sponsor you.
How do I find a sponsor?
You can ask us for a list of available sponsors. During the introduction to each meeting, we also ask available sponsors to identify themselves and add that information to the chat in the meeting.
How often should I go to meetings?
That is up to you. Most of us find that, at least at the beginning, three or more meetings a week is a good rhythm.
What are the requirements to share at meetings?
There are no requirements to speak at SCAA meetings, although we do ask that you stay on the topic presented at the beginning of the meeting. If you have a desire to stop abusing sugar and carbs, you are a member of SCAA and are welcome to share at any meeting.
What is crosstalk?
Crosstalk is giving advice, criticizing, asking questions, or interrupting the person speaking during an SCAA meeting. However, it is not crosstalk to acknowledge another speaker or talk about how you relate to their share when it is your turn to speak.
What is a beginners’ meeting?
A beginners’ meeting focuses on the first three steps and has time at the end dedicated to answering questions from newcomers. All are welcome at these meetings.
What’s a Big Book meeting?
A Big Book meeting focuses on the book Alcoholics Anonymous. During the meeting, we read from the book and discuss the reading as we work our way through it. All are welcome at these meetings.
What’s a Step meeting?
A step meeting usually studies a particular step using the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. All are welcome at these meetings.
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