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For the Newcomer

Whatever your problem with food, we welcome you. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating (or not eating!) compulsively: overeating, grazing (eating throughout the day), restricting, throwing up or binging, whatever! Overeaters Anonymous is free. We support ourselves through voluntary member contributions.  There is hope! Many of us have found hope and no longer abuse food!

Preamble: Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine, we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

More about OA: The OA program is based on the 12 steps and 12 traditions as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. One day at a time we use the steps, traditions, meetings, and the tools of recovery. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message to those who still suffer. Don’t worry! You are not alone. To learn more about our program and decide if it is right for you, review OA’s 15 questions and attend some meetings.

Sound Bites from Overeaters Anonymous: Scroll down from this link to access the Sound Bites, a series of interviews with OA members who share their experience, strength and hope. They are a terrific way to find out about OA if you are new, starting with Episode 1: Introducing Overeaters Anonymous. NOTE: Naomi Lippel mentioned on the marquee is a non-OA member employed by our OA WSO.

News and Announcements

  • Upcoming Events (Flyers for all events available here)
    • Two-part workshop in Green Valley, August 25, 10:30 – 3:00. Making Amends in the morning; Relapse, Recovery, and Prevention in the afternoon.
    • 2018 Fall Region III Convention and Assembly, October 12-14, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • “Let’s get real about food and make it through the holidays” workshop, October 13, 10:30 – 12:15, St. James Methodist Church
    • Southern Arizona OA Retreat in St. David October 26-28, 2018. Registration now open! 
    • OA Central New Mexico is hosting a silent retreat October 26-28 near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • OA now has a Virtual Region. Visit oavirtualservices.org for more information on virtual meetings and services.
  • Arizona Spotlight Podcast: “When We Are in Our Addiction, We Are Not Living” featuring two local OA members.
  • Been Slipping and Sliding? Try this wonderful new reading and writing tool and work it with a Sponsor, a Sponsee, or a Program Buddy. Now available for download here.
  • If you have experience as an Intergroup Rep and want to do a valuable service, contact an IR or Board member. Job descriptions and qualifications here.
  • Local Newspaper Article  about eating disorders, for which a Tucson OA member was interviewed
  • Audio files of OA Southern Arizona Workshops in February and April 0f 2014 are now available under “Find a Meeting” on our website.  Check them out.
  • Newsletter delivery: If you are not receiving the Desert Recovery newsletter via email and would like to, please send an email to newsletter@oasouthernaz.org