I have received a few requests for there to be a Brain over Binge discussion forum, where readers can go and talk to each other about ideas from the book or other recovery-related issues.
I’ve looked at a few different options for this and decided to start with something extremely simple. I am excited about the forum, and I hope it becomes a helpful place for those seeking recovery. You can now begin posting (forum linked at the bottom of this page); but before you visit, please finish reading the rest of this post.
Right now, there are only 2 general boards: one titled “Binge eating recovery,” and the other titled “Success Stories.” Please start new threads on the binge eating recovery board to discuss topics of your particular interest relating to recovery, and post on the success stories board if you want to share your own experience with overcoming binge eating.
The forum is very basic at this time because I’m opening it on a trial basis. The reason for this is that I have a couple reservations about opening a forum, and I want to test it out before committing to it long-term and making improvements.
My first concern is that I currently do not have time to moderate the forum. Usually, the only time I have to be at my computer to blog and/or respond to emails is after my kids go to bed at night; and even then, my time is limited due to having to run errands/clean up from the day/prepare for the next day/and hopefully get a little time to spend with my husband. I will check in on the forum from time to time to make sure content is pro-recovery and appropriate; but if there is an issue with this, I might have to suspend the board until I can get some help with moderation.
My second concern is that, while I think discussion of ideas and sharing advice and recovery stories can be extremely helpful to many people; I think sometimes forums can risk promoting dependence on others for cessation of binge eating. My book is one of self-recovery, and even though a forum is certainly not incompatible with that, I do worry a little that the forum might unintentionally encourage dependence. With that in mind, please try to keep posts solution-oriented. I know that it can sometimes help to share negative experiences to know that you are not alone with this awful problem and to ask for support/advice, but please work to keep posts moving toward solutions for recovery.
Despite those concerns, I do think a forum has potential for helping people, and I hope the Brain over Binge forum does just that. I hope it’s a place that binge eaters and those who are recovered can go to give/receive support and advice, and encourage each other to overcome binge eating for good.
Here is the link to the forum: http://brainoverbinge.proboards.com/