10th Step Inventory Checklist for Food Addicts

by Kay Sheppard, LMHC

According to A.A. literature, there are three forms of the 10th Step inventory checklist: in the evening before bed, on the spot when needed, and the ones taken with our sponsor.

Whichever form we use, the 10th Step is a powerful tool in avoiding relapse. This inventory gives us the information we need to avoid developing self-destructive patterns that will lead us back into the disease.

Here are a number of threats to recovery. Add your own relapse warning signs to develop a daily inventory checklist.

  • Weekly home meeting
  • Additional meetings ____ times weekly
  • Food plan/abstinence: plan, report, commit; weigh and measure
  • Sponsor contact
  • Literature
  • Journal
  • Gratitude list
  • Step 10 checklist
  • Telephone contacts
  • Pray daily
  • Weigh once a month
  • Exercise 45 minutes maximum
  • Service
  • Ask for help

Finally, check on these:

  • Overwork
  • Ego problems
  • Fatigue
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Making time for me
  • HALT (Am I too hungry, angry, lonely, tired?)
  • Depression
  • Late for meetings
  • Judging, criticizing, and blaming others
  • Unnecessary spending
  • Dangerous people and places
  • Compulsive eating
  • Spontaneous eating
  • Under-eating
  • Overeating
  • Eating trigger food
  • Addictive eating: sugar, flour, wheat

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