Community Resources

This page lists resources recommended by Secular Overeaters Community members. If you have a resource to share, send a description to secularovereaters@gmail.com to include on this page and in our monthly newsletter.

Books

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food
In this book, Susan Albers, Psy.D., has compiled a list of strategies and tips used by her clients who have found alternative ways to comfort themselves without food. Read more about it in the review by Georgie B on the Book Recommendations page.

Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for a 12 Step Life
A book, by Joe C, that has daily reflections for “nonbelievers, freethinkers, and everyone.” Published in 2014 by Rebellion Dogs Publishing.

The Mentalization Guidebook
This book by Janne Oestergaard Hagelquist is primarily for mental health professionals, but has examples and exercises that can apply to one’s own life. It takes a deep dive into the concept of mentalization and how it relates to trauma and how to use it to help cope with life’s challenges. – Recommended by Karolina

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
This book, by Russell Brand, was published in 2017. The audio version was recommended on the Secular Overeaters private Facebook group. An excerpt and worksheets are available for free on Russell Brand’s website (scroll down the page to the “Recovery” section).

Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery 
This book (2020), by Jamie Marich, provides a trauma-informed approach to working the 12 steps. There is also a daily reader and a workbook. Recommended on the Secular Overeaters Facebook group.

Turning Off The Tap: Overcoming The Real Reasons We Overeat
This book, by Sara Best, is about how the brain drives habits like emotional eating and overeating, and provides practical tools to help you reprogram and rewire those patterns. Recommended on the Secular Overeaters Facebook group.

Websites

Greater Good is UC Berkeley’s center for positive psychology. They email articles with a variety of tips for dealing with life based on current research, at no charge. – Recommended by Kevin

Proactive Twelve Steps: A Mindful Program for Lasting Change [Website]
An approach to recovery that seeks to describe the twelve steps in a down-to-earth way that shows how they promote healing. 

Articles

A technical article on the science of food addiction.

A psychiatrist’s explanation of how addictions form in the brain.

Podcasts

In this episode, Jenne M. and Jim D. talk about their struggles with food addiction, the difficulty they experienced as atheists in OA, their experiences starting secular OA meetings, and the secularovereaters.org website.

Miscellaneous

The popular handout, AA Agnostica: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps, has been translated for Spanish speakers by fellow Elizabeth B. 

Mom [TV Comedy]
This CBS TV show, which ran from 2013-2021, focuses on women in recovery (available on a variety of streaming services). Recommended on the Secular Overeaters Facebook group.

This free self-guided course was recommended on the Secular Overeaters Facebook group. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a blend of meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement.
Tradition 10: The spiritual principle is Neutrality