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: Stories focused on the month’s featured Step.
- Service with a Smile: Stories focused on the Tool of service.
- Living Traditions: Stories focused on the month’s featured Tradition.
- Taking the Spiritual Path: Perspectives about a higher power.
- Newcomers Corner: Newcomers’ experiences and concerns.
- OA Around the World: Stories of the history of OA in your country or area.
- Generally Speaking: Shares on any topic meaningful to OA members.
- How OA Changed My Life: Shares on changes before and after recovery.
- Main Attraction: Stories about public information and attraction.
- Ask-It Basket: Member questions about OA.
- Share It: Letters to the editor of Lifeline.
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.
APRIL (Deadline: 12/15/15)
New Body, New Life
How have you adjusted to life at a healthy body weight? How has physical recovery changed you? How has your body image changed in recovery? How has your experience of intimate relationships changed?
MAY/JUNE (Deadline: 1/15/16)
The Right Tool for the Job
How do you use the nine Tools in your daily life? What is your experience using the action plan Tool? How does the plan of eating Tool help you with restaurants, special occasions, or travel? Which Tool do you use the most? Which Tool do you struggle with the most?
JULY (Deadline: 3/15/16)
Write on any topic that has meaning for you
AUGUST (Deadline: 4/15/16)
Struggles, Stresses, and Setbacks
How do you handle “life on life’s terms” in recovery? What has been your recovery experience during major life challenges such as death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs, or moving? How have you maintained abstinence while grieving? How did you learn to keep coming back no matter what? If you relapsed, how did you get back on track? What has helped you remain abstinent over the days, weeks, months, or years?
SEPTEMBER (Deadline: 5/15/16)
Changing Me, Not the Program
How do you use program to “build a bridge and get over it”? What steps have you had to take to “get over” yourself? How did Step Two help you “resign from the debating society” (AA Twelve and Twelve, p. 26) and get on with recovery?
Anorexia and Bulimia
Share your experience, strength, and hope related to using OA and the Twelve Steps to recover from anorexia or bulimia.
OCTOBER (Deadline: 6/15/16)
Get Motivated with Slogans
How do slogans fit into your recovery routine? How do slogans help you with compulsive urges? How do slogans help with cravings? What slogans help you get unstuck and move toward recovery?
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER (Deadline: 7/15/16)
Calling My Higher Power
How did you make contact with your Higher Power? What is your experience with the diversity of spiritual approaches in OA? What struggles have you faced when defining your HP? How do you maintain constant contact with your HP? What is your meditation routine? What gems can you share from meditation workshops? What have been the results of meditation in your life?
International Day Experiencing Abstinence
International Day Experiencing Abstinence is November 19. IDEA encourages OA members worldwide to begin or reaffirm their abstinence from compulsive eating. To celebrate the day, share your experience, strength, and hope related to starting and maintaining abstinence.
Celebrate the Season
How are the holidays in recovery different? Share your strategies and inspiration for shifting focus away from the food and into the Twelve Steps.
Twelfth Step Within Day (December 12)
When abstinent OA members carry the message to those in OA who still suffer, this is giving the Twelfth Step Within. Share your story about giving or receiving this special service.