New to OA

Abstinence & Recovery

In OA we practice the 12 steps and 12 traditions, however most of us find it harder, and for some impossible to recover without becoming abstinent.

Definition of Abstinence

Abstinence in OA is the act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Recovery is the removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.  Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.

Suggestions for Newcomers

We suggest that newcomers and persons interested in Overeaters Anonymous:

  • Attend at least 6 meetings to find out more
  • Talk to other OA members
  • Obtain a sponsor to help them take the 12 steps and define a personal ‘bottom line’ abstinence.  OA as a whole has no opinion on the best plan of eating.