The WSO staff creates Lifeline from OA members’ letters. Monthly topics are suggestions. You may write about any subject important to your recovery from compulsive eating. Send your letters to Lifeline, PO Box 44020, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4020 or email.
- Stepping Out, Service with a Smile, Living Traditions and Taking the Spiritual Path: we always need stories related to these themes.
- Newcomers Corner: newcomers, share your OA experiences and concerns.
- OA Around the World: give us a history of OA in your country or area; current information on the number of service boards, intergroups and groups; significant accomplishments; and two or three short pieces from local members. Please send your history today!
- Generally Speaking (general OA topics) andHow OA Changed My Life
- Main Attraction: share your successes with public information and attraction.
- Ask-It Basket, For Discussion and Web Links
- Share It runs only if sufficient material is available.
Lifeline accepts letters, artwork and photos (no faces, please) for publication. Credit lines and rights to submitted work apply equally to articles, artwork and photos. The WSO does not return submitted materials. Lifeline may edit articles and crop photos. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges and sexuality of its writers.
Please submit articles at least three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Deadlines appear in parentheses next to topics. Indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article. Typed letters by mail, fax or e-mail are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Thank you.
January (Deadline: 9/15/13)
How OA Changed My Life
Describe your life before and after being in OA. Include your physical state before and after OA.
By order of importance (with one being most and 10 being least), list 10 things that helped you in one of the following areas and explain briefly why: achieving abstinence; maintaining a healthy weight; recovering from relapse; growing closer to or finding a Higher Power; mending relationships; achieving emotional recovery; carrying the message; overcoming isolation; developing a positive body image; creating a workable, sustainable action plan; overcoming character defects; maintaining abstinence in difficult situations; developing strong meetings; attracting, keeping newcomers; developing self-esteem; sponsoring effectively; achieving serenity. Include such things as an action, Step, piece of OA literature, Tradition, service position, sponsor, etc. Lifeline will publish one list each month. (Deadline: Ongoing)
February (Deadline: 10/15/13)
Reaching a New Generation
How can OA harness 21st-century tools to attract newcomers? How does your group attract and keep newcomers? How do newcomers differ from longtimers, and can those differences be used to modify and enhance the group’s dynamics?
Why Can’t Newcomers Commit?
What makes it difficult for a newcomer to commit to program? Why and how did you make the decision to commit? What has your group, a sponsor or a fellow member done to ease your difficulty?
Newcomer’s View: Experience, Strength and Hope From New OA Members
What brought you to OA? What difficulties did you face in OA? What helped overcome them? What made you stay?
March/April (Deadline: 11/15/13)
In All Our Affairs: The Benefits of Using the Twelve Steps in All Areas of Life, Not Just Compulsive Eating
What Step had the greatest effect on your life? How have you applied the Steps to all areas of your life? How did your life change after applying the Steps to all areas?
May (Deadline: 1/15/14)
OA Literature: My Favorite OA Pamphlet or Book
Explain why one piece of OA literature became your favorite piece. How has that piece changed your life? What piece of literature helped you most to become abstinent or achieve emotional recovery? What piece helped you find your Higher Power? What literature do you like to have at your fingertips at all times?
Outside Issues: How Does Your Group Keep Them Out of Meetings?
What worked and didn’t work to keep outside issues out of your meetings? What do you consider to be outside issues and why?
June (Deadline: 2/15/14)
Making the Traditions Personal
How have you applied the Traditions to everyday life? What Tradition has been most helpful in changing your behavior with others? What is the hardest Tradition to apply to your life? Are the Traditions more difficult to work in the 21st century?
July (Deadline: 3/15/14)
Write on any topic meaningful to you.
August (Deadline: 4/15/14)
The Promises in OA
OA members often refer to “the Promises” in the Big Book. They may interpret these Promises in many ways and apply them to their OA recovery. How do you interpret the Promises, and what one or more of those Promises calls out to you?
Living the Promises
How have those Promises come true in your life? What Promise brought the greatest change to your life? Does achieving the Promises help you maintain your abstinence? Explain how. Have you yet to achieve one promise, why not, and what can you do to achieve it?
September/October (Deadline: 5/15/14)
B.I.N.G.E. Because I’m Not Good Enough
Why and when did you decide you were not good enough? When did you start to binge? What triggers a binge? What in OA made you turn the corner and stop bingeing? How do you maintain your abstinence?
Dealing With Cravings
What Steps, tools or other OA methods help you deal with cravings? Are cravings ever really gone? If not, what is the best way to avoid getting them?
Emotional Sobriety: What Does It Mean?
What does emotional sobriety mean to you? What did OA teach you about emotional recovery? What was your biggest surprise to find in your emotional make-up?
Restoration to Sanity
What Steps or tools help most to reach sanity? How have you maintained it?
November (Deadline: 7/15/14)
What Helped My Program the Most?
What aspect of the OA program has helped you the most to maintain physical recovery? Emotional recovery? Spiritual recovery? Elimination of character defects? Ability to reach out to others?
The Basics: What It Takes
What constitute the basics in OA? What are some ways to approach the basics? How do you overcome stumbling blocks when working the basics?
Working Toward or Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight: How Does That Apply to Me?
What moves you forward to a healthy body weight? What holds you back? How can you change what holds you back?
December (Deadline: 8/15/14)
Service: Raise Your Hand; Raise Your Recovery
How has service aided your progress to recovery? How has it helped you maintain your recovery? Which service position has been the most challenging, how did you meet the challenges, and what did you learn?
How has being abstinent helped you to be a better sponsor? How does not being abstinent impede your ability to sponsor? As a sponsee who has experienced both an abstinent and nonabstinent sponsor, how would you describe the impact of an abstinent versus a nonabstinent sponsor?
The Concepts of Service: How They Helped Me and Improved My Program
What are the Concepts of Service, and how have they helped your life? How have they furthered your program? Which Concept has had the greatest impact?