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 (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.)
“Person to Person – Carrying the Message” is the topic for this OA literature workshop. A member maintaining a 200+ pound weight loss shares her journey in recovery and how the OA literature, Steps, Traditions, Tools and a sponsor guide her recovery. She discusses sponsoring, the difference between a suggestion and advice, and how her sponsor’s suggestion to pray and has helped her with the dilemmas of life. To unselfishly share our experience, strength, and hope is the message of the pamphlet “Person to Person: Carrying the Message, Our Special Gift.”
In this workshop, the speaker tells her story and talks about her personal commitment to abstinence one day at a time and the actions she takes to ward off the deadly disease of compulsive eating. The pamphlets “A Commitment to Abstinence” and Maintaining a Healthy Weight” are explored as she shares on the importance of enjoying the gifts of recovery and how continuing to work the 12-Step program of recovery has given her an alternative to using food to cope with life.
This workshop is focused on how using OA’s Tools of Recovery helps us achieve and maintain abstinence. Two members share about their eating history and how using the nine Tools of Overeaters Anonymous—Plan of Eating, Sponsorship, Meetings, Telephone, Writing, Literature, Action Plan, Anonymity and Service—has enriched and supported their recovery. They explore questions like: What does it mean to use the tools with intent? Do I demonstrate my priorities in the way I use the tools? and How do I use the tools to work my program of recovery?
Three OA members share their varied journeys to develop their Plans of Eating, and how a plan guided them to eat in a calm, balanced, rational way, separating eating from emotions. A Plan of Eating is one of OA’s nine tools. These members describe how the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous coupled with the Plan of Eating and other tools helped them get and stay abstinent.
Using the pamphlet A Guide for Sponsors as a framework, a members describes how sponsoring and being sponsored has enriched her program and been vital to her own long-term recovery and the long-term viability of OA. She addresses how to be a sponsor, why sponsor, when should a sponsor-sponsee relationship change and other thought-provoking topics.
Appendices of the Overeaters Anonymous book, 2nd edition (Disease of the Mind, Body and Spirit). Members share how these vital appendices explain how our disease needs to be treated on all three levels and share how they built on this knowledge and recovered using the Twelve Steps of OA.
The pamphlets Plan of Eating and Dignity of Choice are discussed to help clarify the meaning and importance of abstinence and of having a plan of eating to help implement abstinence. A member shares personal testimony on how she recovered using a plan of eating and the Twelve-Step Program of OA.
Another new year, another new year’s resolution. This year will be the year I lose the weight. This will be the year I start exercising regularly. This will be the year I give up sweets. This will be the year I stop lying to myself, my friends and my family about what and how much I actually eat. Have you ever heard yourself make these promises, maybe even wrote them down and posted them on the refrigerator, only to be back in your old patterns within days or weeks? Join us as we talk to OA members who have been there and found another way in OA.
The Twelfth Step in OA’s recovery program says “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Recovering in OA is about more than getting to a healthy weight, though that is definitely one of the outcomes you can expect when you work the OA program. Physical, emotional and spiritual recovery will impact your life in ways you never imagined: from healed relationships, to a sense of joy and purpose; from letting go of past traumas and resentments, to a freedom and sense of serenity and ease in your everyday life. Join us as we talk with OA members about how their recovery in OA has given them lives beyond their wildest dreams.
What can I expect at an OA meeting? A critical tool of the OA program, meetings are where you find others who have suffered with food and weight obsession as you have, and have found a path to recovery for the long term. There you will experience acceptance, compassion, hope, and lifelong support as you work your way through the Twelve Steps of OA, so you never have to feel alone and isolated in your disease again. In this show we will talk about what happens at an OA meeting and how the fellowship there is crucial to maintaining your recovery and abstinence from compulsive eating.