There's now a support group and 12-step program for people trying to go vegan. Meat and Dairy Eaters Anonymous will host its first weekly meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at 16th and Q streets NW.
The group was co-founded by a woman named Jane (the group's anonymous so she didn't want to share her last name), who has been sober from alcohol for 20 years and "sober from meat and dairy" for 18 years. Jane lives in New York but started the group in D.C. because of the meeting space provided by PETA here.
"For me, overcoming addiction or staying sober one day at a time is a spiritual journey," Jane says. "And veganism is also a spiritual journey."
Jane says she was inspired to start the group with her partner after running into a lot of people who wanted to switch to a plant-based diet but didn't have a support system and were struggling with cravings. "The parallels to alcohol, to me, were staggering," she says. Read more Meat and Dairy Eaters Anonymous Is Alcoholics Anonymous For Vegans