Virtual Workshops

In 2014 the Virtual Services Committee invited the Board of Trustees and the Region Chairs of Overeaters Anonymous to share insights on some of their favorite OA literature and on topics that made a difference in their recovery from compulsive eating. In the series OA Literature-The Heart and Soul of OA, you will hear how OA and its literature helped members move from the pain of the disease to the passion for recovery and carrying the message. In the series Our Primary Purpose, you will hear about the Disease of Mind, Body and Spirit; Plans of Eating, Tools, Abstinence, How to sponsor; the 12 Principles, 12 Steps, 12 Freedoms, Strong Meetings and Recovery from Relapse. Members share their experience strength and hope to bring the Twelve-Step program of Overeaters Anonymous to life.

Sound Bites from Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-Step Solution to Compulsive Eating

"Sound Bites from Overeaters Anonymous (OA)" was an Internet radio show that aired October 17, 2012 to January 9, 2013 on VoiceAmerica.com. It is dedicated to educating you about recovery from compulsive eating using OA's 12-step program, so you recognize the symptoms and find the support you need and a program that works to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. In OA, you'll find acceptance and understanding; support and companionship from others who have similar challenges; and a transformation to physical, emotional and spiritual well being. In this 13-episode series, you will hear the experience, strength and hope of people who struggled and found recovery and a new life in Overeaters Anonymous. (In keeping with Tradition 6, OA does not endorse nor is affiliated with Voice America.)

Interviews, Readings, and Meetings

Hear interviews with members in recovery from compulsive eating, readings of some of OA's literature, and recordings of OA meetings.


Virtual Workshops

Step One – January 11, 2015


“We admitted we were powerless over food – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Workshop leaders emphasize the importance of the Steps by reading the Introduction to the Twelve Steps “…Since our program is based on the Twelve Steps, we would like to offer here a study of those Steps, sharing how we follow them to recover from compulsive eating. We hope in this way to provide help for those who still suffer from our disease….”  (pg. ix: The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.) The speakers discuss each aspect of Step One, sharing their experience, strength, and hope on how Step One relates to their beginning and ongoing recovery. References “OA 12 & 12”12-Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous,  Voices of Recovery, (January 1), and the story, “Freedom of Choice” (Abstinence, 2nd Edition).

The Importance of Working All 12 Steps – Workshop Series – Second Sundays of 2015


In this series of workshops, members share on the importance of working ALL 12 Steps and how working the Steps changed their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Introduction/Step Zero

This introductory workshop focuses on the nature of the disease of compulsive eating and what it takes to be willing to go to any length to recover. Some call this Step Zero. When examining the essence of compulsive eating/food addiction, literature used includes the book Alcoholics Anonymous, a.k.a. the Big Book (The Doctor’s Opinion; Chapter 5–How it Works; and Chapter 6–Into Action) and Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition (Foreword; Appendix A–The Role of a Plan of Eating in Recovery from Compulsive Eating; Appendix B–A Disease of the Mind; Appendix C–A Disease of the Body; and Appendix D–A Disease of the Spirit). Members talk about what gave them the gift of desperation, and journal questions are offered to help members prepare to work the 12 Steps as the workshop continues.

TRAILER – Second Sundays of 2015 – The Importance of Working All 12 Steps


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More virtual workshops will continue in 2015.  Starting with Step Zero and Step One in January and working through all 12 Steps, members will share how working the Steps changed their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. Check the OA Datebook Calendar for more information.

October 19 ­ Our Primary Purpose: Using the Twelve Steps on Life Problems


The Twelve Steps are our Program of Recovery. In this workshop, two members relate how working the Steps allowed them to turn obstacles into opportunities for growth when life presented them with problems. One OA member shares about how, through working all Twelve Steps, she discovered her Higher Power, rebuilt her relationship with her son, and dealt with surgery on a tumor. Another member relates how she used each step to work through a life problem concerning a relative living in her home and how she made the decision to return the child to her parents. Both powerfully demonstrate how through using the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous, compulsive eaters can deal with any life issue without turning to food.

October 5 ­ OA Literature: Just for Today & Pocket Reference for OA Members


“If you remove your body from the truth, when you are ready the truth is nowhere to be found. But if you continue to bring your body to the truth, then when you are ready the truth is waiting there for you. And that truth—our promise of recovery—is in every OA meeting when we join hands, pray together, and joyously, lovingly encourage one another: Keep coming back!” This quote, from the Pocket Reference for OA Members, is the theme for this member’s story of recovery. She also shares the many ways the Just For Today wallet card encouraged her to move forward in her recovery . . . one day at a time.

October 12 ­ Our Primary Purpose: Strong Meetings


The Strong Meeting Checklist, available on the OA website (http://www.oa.org/pdfs/strongmtgchecklist1.pdf), is the focus of this workshop. The speaker shares her story, talks about the practical aspects of the checklist and emphasizes the importance of having strong meetings to effectively carry the message and keep newcomers returning. As she discusses each point of the Strong Meeting Checklist, she details of how these ideas are important to OA’s Primary Purpose.

September 7 ­ OA Literature: For Today, Voices of Recovery & the Companion Workbooks


A great workshop discussing some of OA’s most popular books: For Today and Voices of Recovery and the companion workbook for each. Each workbook provides thought-provoking questions for every reading in For Today and Voices of Recovery. The daily readers and workbooks are available at bookstore.oa.org and as e-books.

September 14 ­ Our Primary Purpose: Promises


After telling her story of losing 140 pounds (63 kg.) and gaining spiritual fitness, this member talks about the many promises described in the OA literature and how they have come true for her. The focus of this workshop is the importance of working and continuing to work the 12 Steps to attain and maintain the Promises of Recovery. What a glorious promise to have the obsession lifted and have freedom from the compulsion to eat compulsively. The 12 Promises of Compulsive Eating are also enumerated.

August 10 – Our Primary Purpose: Principles of the 12 Steps


After telling her story of recovery, this member shares how she is living a principled life as a result of practicing the 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous. She talks about how using each of the 12 principles daily (Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Self-discipline, Love, Perseverance, Spiritual Awareness and Service) has given her a fulfilling and wonderful life. (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, pages 103-106)

August 3 – OA Literature: Welcome Back & Members in Relapse


This member shares recovery from numerous relapses on the anniversary of her last binge in 1983. “Welcome Back” had special meaning for her as it was the first OA literature addressing recovery from relapse. “Members in Relapse” offers practical suggestions from relapse survivors on what helped them feel supported. Topics: relapse is not a failure; willpower is not enough; a food plan without Steps is a diet; getting past past black and white thinking and perfectionism; abstaining in spite of life challenges; one hour of abstinence a week at the meeting is a start; call even if bingeing; help from reading and writing.