Lifeline is back! Lifeline is on track to keep coming back! It has been a year since our beloved print magazine was discontinued, and since then, there has been a dedicated effort to reinvent Lifeline—this time as a bright beacon of recovery on oa.org.
Lifeline: Stories of Recovery will be our new blog where we can share our experience, strength, and hope both to inspire each other and to attract the still-suffering compulsive eater who is searching online for a solution. As we shift to a digital format, Lifeline: Stories of Recovery will mark a new chapter for our sharing by welcoming text, images, audio, and video submissions from members while taking care in processing these submissions to maintain anonymity. https://oa.org/lifeline/
Get the 2022 Courier and Share It with Your Health and Wellness Professionals
OA’s Professional Community Courier is an outreach tool that can help you carry the message to doctors, nurses, therapists, clergy, and other health and wellness professionals to educate them about how OA can supplement the treatment they provide. Courier articles are written by professionals who have witnessed OA recovery at work in their patients and clients, so the Courier is a great way to attract other professionals. Download it now from the OA Document Library under the category “Outreach to Professionals,” and talk to your professional outreach committee about carrying the message.
Get the latest, in-depth news coming from OA world service in the First Quarter 2021 Issue of A Step Ahead. In this issue:
Breaking news about WSBC 2022
The return of Lifeline!
Messages from our Chair and Treasurer
How the pandemic inspired OA to overcome the language barrier to WSBC
A letter to the Fellowship from OA young people
What’s New from WSO
A RISE Recovery Inspires Shared Experiences
MARCH 6, 1pm – 4pm & MARCH 20, 1pm – 4pm
Overeaters Anonymous of Central Colorado: Click Here
Northern Virginia Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous: Click Here
Mill Creek OA 100 Pounder Speaker Meeting: Click Here
“Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.”
Overeaters Anonymous Definition of Abstinence
"All things are possible until they are proven impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now"
- Pearl S. Buck
"If I set sights on short with the thought that weight loss is enough, I may never live life to its fullest, enjoying its pleasures and gifts. I was not meant to live in spiritual poverty. God's gifts are mine for the taking, to be kept only by sharing them with others.
If today it seems impossible to be free of my most deeply-rooted faults, I accept that reality only for today. Tomorrow takes care of itself, and there is every reason to believe all things are possible. Have I not received gifts I once thought were possible?
For Today: If abstinence with peace of mind and physical wellbeing is possible, can anything be impossible?"
Reference: For Today. (2013). Overeaters Anonymous. p. 61
OA Lifeline Stories
OA Lifeline: From Self-Help to Sanity
"I walked into my first OA meeting a little over two and a half years ago. It had taken me almost forty years to recognize that my eating disorder and compulsive food behaviors were out of control. I’d spent my entire adult life climbing the ladder of success, but when I reached the top, I realized it was leaning against the wrong wall. Outwardly, I appeared successful, but I knew inside something was missing."
"My twenty-ninth birthday in OA is approaching, and it is cause for renewed reflection about my program. I spoke to my sponsor a week ago and mentioned to her that I was thinking of not taking a candle this year. Other OA members on their birthdays pitch about life changes: weddings, kids, jobs, financial gain, or acquisition of cars. I was kind of complaining to my sponsor that there is nothing really new in my life."