Long term abstinence is one of those popular subjects that needs frequent airing.
After all my years of listening, to this I will say:
1. rigorous honesty, as a necessary virtue, this should extend beyond food to our life in general. There is a major gap between rigorous honesty and expediency level, which many of us lived on (note past tense).
2. reverence for the program, and recovery
3. holding abstinence as sacred or as stewardship of the body.
I was entrusted with this body to look after it. It also helps to have a clear but flexible definition(s) of abstinence, perhaps even overkill. No sugar, no ground grains, no omega 6 rich oils, no processed foods, three moderate meals per day at home plus a fruit or two if needed... generally, and as close as practical away from home, and long days. Aim for perhaps 90% or more, aka 19 of 21 meals per week, unless you are a 19 or 20 meals per week type.
4. one day at a time, frequent contact with indwelling god concept,
AM, before and after each meal, PM, (stoic frequency, 8/day)
5. spiritual development, extending far beyond coming to believe,
to the point that god is real as any object,
and here are some mps on this subject:
I do venture into other camps as reconnaissance, not as considering
defection. This is from the hard ass bunch that split of OA, because OA
would not follow them, but their program does work for some.
They were the tough love group at one time.
Be well, breath deeply, smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer. Daoish, or Epicurean.