Podcasts

 Virtual Workshops

Listen to recordings of virtual workshops on a variety of topics, including The Importance of Working All 12 Steps, OA Literature: The Heart and Soul of OA and Our Primary Purpose. Members share their experience, strength, and hope to bring the Twelve-Step program of Overeaters Anonymous to life.

Sponsorship Success

Questions about sponsorship? Listen to “Sponsorship Success”: a nine-part podcast series by members from various regions sharing their experience, strength, and hope with using the Tool of sponsorship. Learn more about: What is a Sponsor? Why should I get a sponsor? Why be a sponsor? What is the sponsor “job description”? What are different sponsoring styles? And more. PLUS, download the Sponsorship Success questionnaire—thought provoking questions for writing exercises, discussion, or meditation that complement each podcast.

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  • Does your sponsor fit the description on page 18 of Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition (Big Book)?
  • What tasks does your sponsor request of you, and do you comply with those requests?

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  • What is your greatest fear about getting a sponsor?
  • Is it okay to ask others how they got their sponsors?

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• What would your recovery look like without a sponsor and/or sponsees?
• If you do not currently have a sponsor, what can you tell that voice in your head that says you don’t need one?

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How can you break down the barriers for both parties?
  • What is your biggest barrier to becoming a sponsor?
  • What is your biggest barrier to getting a sponsor?

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Service and My Recovery

Principles of Tradition Twelve– Spirituality, and Concept Twelve - Respect

“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. – Tradition Twelve

“The spiritual foundation for OA service ensures that: (a) no OA committee or service body shall ever become the seat of perilous wealth or power; (b) sufficient operation funds, plus an ample reserve, shall be OA’s prudent financial principle; (c) no service action shall ever be personally punitive or an incitement to public controversy; and (f) no OA service committee or service board shall ever perform any acts of government, and each shall always remain democratic in thought and action..”– Concept Twelve The principle of Tradition Twelve is Spirituality. Concept Twelve has six principles associated with it; Selflessness, Realism, Representation, Dialogue, Compassion and Respect. The focus of this workshop is on Respect. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how spirituality and respect are important in their service work. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Eleven– Anonymity, and Concept Eleven - Humility

“Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication. – Tradition Eleven “Trustee administration of the World Service Office should always be assisted by the best standing committees, executive staffs and consultants.”– Concept Eleven The principle of Tradition Eleven is Anonymity and Concept Eleven is Humility. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how anonymity and humility are important in their service work. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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“Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into public controversy. – Tradition Ten

“Service responsibility is balanced by carefully defined service authority; therefore, duplication of efforts is avoided.”– Concept Ten The principle of Tradition Ten is Neutrality and Concept Ten is Clarity. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how neutrality and clarity are important in their service work. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Nine – Structure, and Concept Nine - Ability

“OA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” – Tradition Nine “Able, trusted servants, together with sound and appropriate methods of choosing them, are indispensable for effective functioning at all service levels.”– Concept Nine The principle of Tradition Nine is Structure and Concept Nine is Ability. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how structure and ability are important in their service work. For additional study, review  The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Eight – Fellowship, and Concept Eight - Delegation “Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” – Tradition Eight “The Board of Trustees has delegated to its Executive Committee the responsibility to administer the OA World Service Office.”– Concept Eight The principle of Tradition Eight is Fellowship and Concept Eight is Delegation. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how fellowship and delegation are important in their service work. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Seven –Responsibility, and Concept Seven - Balance

“Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” – Tradition Seven “The Board of Trustees has legal rights and responsibilities accorded to them by OA Bylaws, Subpart A; the rights and responsibilities of the World Service Business Conference are accorded to it by Tradition and by OA Bylaws, Subpart B.”– Concept Seven The principle of Tradition Seven is Responsibility and Concept Seven is Balance.  The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how responsibility and balance are important in both their service work and in their lives. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Six –Solidarity, and Concept Six - Responsibility

“An OA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.” – Tradition Six “The World Service Business Conference has entrusted the Board of Trustees with the primary responsibility for the administration of Overeaters Anonymous.”– Concept Six The principle of Tradition Six is Solidarity and Concept Six is Responsibility.  The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how solidarity and responsibility are important in both their service work and in their lives. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Five – Purpose, and Concept Five - Consideration

“Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.” – Tradition Five “Individuals have the right of appeal and petition in order to ensure that their opinions and personal grievances will be carefully considered.”– Concept Five The principle of Tradition Five is Purpose and Concept Five is Consideration. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how purpose and consideration are important in both their service work and in their lives. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Four – Autonomy, and Concept Four - Equality

“Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.” – Tradition Four

“The right of participation ensures equality of opportunity for all in the decision—making process.”– Concept Four

The principle of Tradition Four is Autonomy and Concept Four is Equality. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how autonomy and equality are important in both their service work and in their lives. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principles of Tradition Three - Identity and Concept Three - Trust

“The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively – Tradition Three “The right of decision, based on trust, makes effective leadership possible.” – Concept Three The principle of Tradition Three is identiy and Concept Three is trust.  The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how identity and trust are important in both their service work and in their lives. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA ServiceThe Lifeline Sampler is referenced by one of the speakers as a resource on this topic as well.

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Principles of Tradition Two – trust, and Concept Two - conscience

“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. – Tradition Two “The OA groups have delegated to the World Service Business Conference the active maintenance of our world services; thus, the World Service Business Conference is the voice, authority and effective conscience of OA as a whole.” – Concept Two The principle of Tradition Two is trust and Concept Two is conscience. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how trust and conscience are important in both their service work and in their working with others. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

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Principle of Tradition One and Concept One – Unity “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.”

Tradition One – “The ultimate responsibility and authority of OA world services reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.” – Concept One The principle of Tradition One and Concept One is Unity. The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how unity is important in both their service work and in their working with others. For additional study, review The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service

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Take a Walk Down the Traditions (Videos)


The Importance of Working all Twelve Steps

In this series of workshops, members share on the importance of working ALL Twelve 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.

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“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….”  (p. 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 The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, The Twelve -Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous,  Voices of Recovery, (January 1), and the story, “Freedom of Choice” (Abstinence, 2nd Edition).

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“Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” This week’s workshop leader discusses each aspect of Step Two, sharing her experience, strength and hope. “Ours is a spiritual program, not a religious one.” (p. 13, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.)  Step Two “is a bridge” between Step One and Step Three, and the “hoop you have to jump through is a lot wider than you think.”  Give the OA program a chance to work for you. References include the “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous” (Step 2), Voices of Recovery (January 9th and 10th), For Today (March 28th), Lifeline Magazine – February 2011 and February 2014 and AA's The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Step 2).

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“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” This week’s workshop leaders discuss the critical importance of Step Three to their recovery. The OA program tells us emphatically that "Once we compulsive overeaters truly take the Third Step we cannot fail to recover" (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 27). Step Three allows us to accept help from a higher power, and in Step Three we decide to "follow spiritual guidance in making every decision" (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 19). References include the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous (Step Three), the Doctor's Opinion and the Third Step prayer ( p.63) in the book AA, and AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Step Three).

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“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” In this fourth installment in the workshop series “The Importance of Working All Twelve Steps," leaders discuss how working the first three steps is preparation for the Fourth Step, how important the Fourth Step is and specifics about working the Fourth Step. Also referenced is the variety of OA literature available to help members take Step Four (Fifteen Questions, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous , Fourth Step Inventory Guide, AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Twelve Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous, Sponsoring through the Twelve Steps, Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book and Twelve-Stepping a Problem). “Those of us who have completed Step Four have found that taking this searching and fearless moral inventory was one of the most loving things we ever did for ourselves.” The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous p.29

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“Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” The Step Five workshop speakers share about how the promises of Step Five came true for them. One speaker qualifies on working the first four Steps to arrive at Step 5; the who, what, where, when, how and why of doing a Fifth Step; and the necessity of working this Step. “We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.” (Alcoholics Anonymous p.72) The second speaker tells her OA story and the importance of working all the Steps. She shares about multiple techniques her sponsor showed her to inventory, how to be fearless when taking the Fifth Step and the relief she felt after completing it. “As we complete Step Five, we may feel many emotions, among them humility, elation and relief. We often feel nearer than ever before to our Higher Power and more loving and trusting of other people. Whether we feel these things or not, we can rest assured that we are nearer to God and more capable of trusting others.” (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous p. 51) Referenced Material: Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous

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“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” The Step Six workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and the vital part Step Six, “one of the most difficult of the Twelve Steps” (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 53),  plays in that recovery process. One of the speakers discusses why she found it so hard to be entirely ready to part with her defects, explains the concept of the payoff that kept her holding on to them and the key of an attitude of willingness: “Having such an attitude we cannot fail” (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 58). The other speaker provides guidance on how to take our Fourth Step defects and resentments and discover the assets many of these defects actually were until our compulsive eating turned them into defects. She helps explain how the Steps help us recapture the assets that were part of ourselves, so we can live happy, joyous and free, without the fear that we will be nothing without these defects. Referenced Material: The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous

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“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” The seventh in the series of “The Importance of Working All Twelve Steps” workshops discusses what to do with the defects of character discovered in Step Six. Two members tell their stories and talk about how OA–approved literature (Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) , The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, and Sponsoring through the Twelve Steps) helped them take the Seventh Step. Memorable quotes from The Twelve Step and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous were: “… our goal is … simply to draw closer to being the people God intends us to be” (p.61), “Real humility about our character defects carries with it acceptance” (p.61), and “Our simple prayers, humbly spoken, are answered in wonderful ways as we open our lives to God’s transforming power, and we find that God does for us what we could never do for ourselves” (p.65). Questions from the pamphlet Sponsoring through the Twelve Steps were provided to help members who might be stuck in Step Seven.

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“Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” Continuing the series, “The Importance of working all Twelve Steps,” the leaders share their personal experiences as sponsor and sponsee in dealing with Step Eight. Emphasis is placed on the concept of making amends—changes—and not just saying I’m sorry. Also stressed is the importance of working with a sponsor, in order to determine if amends are needed, and if so what should be said or done. While Step Eight encourages forgiveness, it also requires the individual to focus on what his or her part was in the situation . . . to clear off their side of the street, regardless of how the amends are received. Both speakers stress the freedom and relief felt in making the list and becoming willing, without any thought or concern about the future steps. Individual sharing is excellent as members relate their own positive experiences, including the need to add one’s own name to the list and then become willing to making amends to oneself.

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"Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” The series continues with discussion of Step Nine. Both speakers describe their own personal experience with doing Step Nine, giving specific examples of amends they have made. In addition, they emphasize the need to make amends in order to refrain from returning to compulsive eating, and to be released of the negative feelings or turmoil created by holding on to the amends. Also discussed is reviewing the list and practicing amends with a sponsor, remembering the principles of forgiveness and love for others, and that the focus of the amends should be on one’s own role and behavior, being specific and actually making amends and changes. Suggestions are also provided for making amends to people who have died or are no longer in one’s life. The second part of Step Nine is also stressed, ensuring that no further injury or insult occur due to inappropriate amends.

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"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it." This week the speakers share their stories of their experience, strength, and hope. Both speakers describe their personal experience with Step Ten. Perseverance is the spiritual principle of this Step. Continuing to do a personal inventory daily helps us identify character defects and feelings that come up unexpectedly and see if we need to make amends to anyone. Working with a sponsor also helps us with the process of Step Ten. We cannot rest on our laurels if we are to continue our journey of recovery on a daily basis.

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“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact we God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." The principle of Step Eleven is Spiritual Awareness. Step Eleven workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how they work Step Eleven. Their stories tell how they use their spiritual relationship with a Higher Power in everyday life situations. “God can, I can’t, I think I’ll let Him.” The literature referenced was the Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book), The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, and the Twelve-Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous—the questions asked come from the workbook.

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"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." The principle of Step Twelve is Service. The Step Twelve workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how giving service in all its forms has enriched their lives. The literature referenced was the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, and The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.

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OA Literature

What is “Twelfth-Step-Within”? Carrying OA’s message of recovery to those who still suffer within the OA Fellowship and addressing relapse, relapse prevention, and member retention. These topics are addressed in The Twelfth-Step-Within Handbook and by the Conference Twelfth-Step-Within Committee. This member shares how she was a chronic relapser for many years and how the principles discussed in this handbook have helped her get and stay abstinent for more than 10 years. She mentions many of the OA resources in this valuable handbook including ways to carry the message, sponsorship suggestions, ideas for a Twelfth-Step-Within packet, suggestions for workshops and retreats, a suggested Recovery from Relapse meeting format, and talks in detail about using her favorite part of The Twelfth-Step-Within Handbook, the 30 “Slipping and Sliding” questions. This handbook is available at the OA Bookstore.

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“In OA you are among people who truly understand you, a part of something special. Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home!” (Before You Take that First Compulsive Bite, Remember.) This member shares how she found a home in Overeaters Anonymous in 1989 and has stayed abstinent by working the Twelve Steps and doing service for OA.The wallet card Think First and pamphlet Before You Take That First Compulsive Bite, Remember are two of her favorite pieces of OA literature. As she discusses the suggestions offered in this literature to avoid eating compulsively, she shares her own experience. “Thought does not have to equal action” is one of the ideas explored. These invaluable, inexpensive pieces of OA literature are available at the OA Bookstore.

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“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.

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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 the OA Bookstore and as e-books.

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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; getting help with reading and writing.

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Working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor is an important key to recovery in Overeaters Anonymous. In this workshop, an insulin dependent diabetic shares how she got abstinent and stays in recovery using the Twelve Steps and the tool of Sponsorship. She lists many OA resources for sponsoring and talks in detail about using her favorite piece of OA sponsorship literature, Sponsoring Through the Twelve Steps. This and other OA literature are available at the OA Bookstore:

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After sharing the basics of her story, this OA member weaves her experience, strength and hope into two OA pamphlets. The story, "It’s Only Fat between My Ears," in the OA Members Come in All Sizes pamphlet prompts her to share about her gastric bypass and how it didn't solve her problem. In her words: “They could rearrange whatever they want in my stomach, but the disease is in my head and that’s what the Twelve Steps helped me with.” She also discusses how all the nine tools in Tools of Recovery help her live and work the Twelve Steps. Her love of OA shines through in this workshop!

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The common solution offered in the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous is the theme of this workshop. A member shares her story and intertwines how OA’s focus on diversity in recovery made it possible for her to recover. The pamphlet A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery, which mentions four aspects of diversity (program, cultural, gender and life), focuses on how members found help and support in Overeaters Anonymous despite their differences. “Focus on what unites us; not our differences” captures the message of this workshop!

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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.

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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.

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Using the pamphlet A Guide for Sponsors as a framework, a member 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.

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The pamphlets A 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.

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Primary Purpose

As this member tells her story of recovery from relapse, she talks about how the kindness and repeated calls from a fellow member when she was isolating brought her back into OA. Pertinent OA literature and the Twelfth on the Twelfth Campaign are described as she shares how they may help members in relapse. Her passion for carrying the message is demonstrated throughout this workshop as she keeps it real about relapse, losing 150 pounds and her 41 years in OA.

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After sharing her story and some of the changes she made to find recovery, this long time member outlines the twelve freedoms she discovered in The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous. Included are freedom from: food obsession, insanity and hopelessness; the bondage of self; dishonesty; isolation; the fear of change; self-reliance; blame; fear of people; complacency; loneliness; and lack of purpose. These freedoms are correlated with pages in this valuable piece of OA literature. Later in the podcast she talks about the personal freedoms she gained from working all Twelve Steps.

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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.

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The Strong Meeting Checklist, available on the OA website, 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 of carrying the message to others.

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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 Twelve 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.

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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)

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"Uniquely useful" is how this member describes the opportunity to sponsor when she tells her OA story. After listing OA literature that discusses sponsoring, she tells what she learned from her long time sponsor about sponsorship. Topics include: what a sponsor is and is not; why sponsor; how to pick a sponsor; and how and when to become a sponsor. In addition she shares her perspective on commonly asked questions about temporary sponsorship, frequency of contact, the number of members to sponsor, when to decline sponsoring, how to treat a slip or relapse and other practical considerations of sponsoring.

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In this workshop, we explore sponsorship. While telling her story, a member shares how her sponsor relationships have evolved. She discusses how, when and why she changed sponsors and the benefits of being both a sponsor and a sponsee. Together we can recover.

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Using the Abstinence PowerPoint Presentation as a framework, this Region Chair explains how she came to discover her plan of eating and behaviors that undermined her recovery. She discusses the statement…”We are either abstinent or we are not!” and explores the idea that a plan of eating is more than what you eat. Body image, Higher Power, sponsorship, service, meetings and action plan are examined. Lastly, she talks about the reason abstinence is so important to her. If you want to view the Abstinence PowerPoint, click here.

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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?

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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.

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Appendices of the book Overeaters Anonymous, Second and Third Editions (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.

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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 keeping with Tradition 6, OA does not endorse nor is affiliated with Voice America.)

Compulsive eating, or food addiction, can wreak havoc in your life in so many ways. It affects your weight and your health, your relationships, your job, and your self-confidence and self-worth. In our first episode of this series, we will explore the symptoms of this disease and talk with Overeaters Anonymous members who, after years of misery, yo-yo dieting, obesity and other health issues, have found recovery using OA’s 12 steps and group support, not only achieving weight loss and long-term maintenance of a healthy weight; but transforming their lives in ways they never could have imagined.

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The Twelve Steps are the heart of the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) recovery program. They offer a new way of life that enables the compulsive eater to live without the need for excess food. The ideas expressed in the Twelve Steps, which originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, reflect practical experience and application of spiritual insights recorded by thinkers throughout the ages. Their greatest importance lies in the fact that they work! They enable compulsive eaters and millions of other Twelve-Steppers to lead happy, productive lives, and they represent the foundation upon which OA is built. In this episode, we will talk with members about the difference OA’s 12-step program has made for them in their journey to recovery from compulsive eating, and we will also talk to Dr. Marty Lerner, psychologist and CEO of an eating disorder clinic in Florida, about how he has seen the OA program work for his clients.

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How is it different than a diet? In Overeaters Anonymous (OA), one of our key tools of recovery is a plan of eating. It helps us abstain from compulsive eating, guides us in our dietary decisions, and defines what, when, how, where and why we eat. OA does not dictate specific requirements for a plan of eating. We develop a personal plan of eating based on an honest appraisal of our past experience. A plan of eating helps us deal with the physical aspects of our disease and achieve physical recovery. From this vantage point, we can more effectively follow OA’s Twelve-Step program of recovery and move beyond the food to a happier, healthier and more spiritual life. Today we will be talking with OA members about their plan of eating and how it is different than the diets they tried in the past. We will also talk to Registered Dietitian Theresa Wright, who runs an nutrition center in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, about how she sees OA’s program as effective in its approach to a plan of eating.

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Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a program based on the Twelve Steps adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, with the words “food” and “compulsive overeaters” replacing “alcohol” and “alcoholics." In OA we talk about abstinence from eating compulsively, which is like being sober from drinking alcohol or doing drugs. To help members stay abstinent and keep working the steps, OA suggests a number of tools: a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity and service. In this episode, three guests who have recovered from compulsive eating in OA will talk about how these tools have been key to their recovery and long-term abstinence from compulsive eating.

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The holiday season brings excitement, nostalgic traditions and lots of social and family activities that tend to revolve around food. For those who battle compulsive eating, the added stress of the holidays and additional focus on food can trigger overeating. This often leads to shame, guilt, depression and unwanted pounds. For individuals struggling with compulsive eating, especially during the holidays, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide much-needed support and a path to recovery. Join us today as we talk to members of OA who have maintained significant long-term weight loss and have learned how to manage the holidays in a way that doesn’t trigger compulsive eating and compulsive behaviors around food.

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Is There Hope For Me in OA? It is not unusual to find people in Overeaters Anonymous (OA) who are now at a healthy weight, and have been for many years, but were once 100 pounds or more overweight. They often suffered debilitating physical illnesses from their weight, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of mobility due to painful back and joints. And they may have suffered loneliness, rejection, fear, and isolation due to their size as well. In this episode, OA members who have lost well over 100 pounds—and kept if off —share how they did it, what their lives are like now, and show that there is hope for you, even if you have 100 pounds or more to lose.

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The Overeaters Anonymous program of recovery from compulsive eating is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with the words “alcohol” and “alcoholic” replaced by the words “food” and “compulsive overeater.” In this show we talk with OA members who have reached and are maintaining a healthy weight. Our focus will be on the Twelve Steps: what they mean, how they work, and, most importantly, how these OA members have used the steps to find recovery from eating compulsively.

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In OA, members experience recovery from compulsive eating on three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. In today’s show, we explore what physical recovery has meant to OA members in terms of their weight and health, and how the OA program has helped them achieve improved health and vitality.

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Another level of recovery from compulsive eating is emotional. In this episode, hear from OA members who have made great strides emotionally in their recovery process, from greater self-esteem to improved relationships and an overall sense of happiness and satisfaction with life.

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The third level of recovery from the disease of compulsive eating is that of spiritual recovery. The Twelve Steps of OA have spiritual principles embodied within them, so recovery will take you beyond your obsession with food into a lifelong journey of spiritual growth, which makes long-term weight loss and maintenance possible. Join us to discuss what spiritual recovery means to OA members maintaining a healthy weight and how their lives have been transformed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Listen to this compelling and moving story from OA member Matt S., who was the banquet keynote speaker at the 2015 World Service Business Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 27 – May 2, 2015.

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This 5-minute inspiring collection of interviews depicts the journeys of several OA members from despair to recovery and serenity. Helpful for newcomers, returning members and long-timers alike. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office at 505-891-2664.

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OA member Bob discusses the circumstances that brought him to OA and how his involvement with OA has improved his life. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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OA member Mary discusses what motivated her to seek out OA and how her involvement with OA has helped her. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at 505-891-2664.

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OA member AJ discusses her relationship with food, what brought her to OA and how her involvement with OA has helped her in the recovery process. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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This podcast is in Spanish. For an English transcript, click here. Podcast Nº 12 de Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos: Entrevista con Ana. En esta edición, Ana, miembro de OA, nos habla sobre su relación con la comida y las circunstancias que la trajeron a OA.  Para más información sobre Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos, por favor escribe un email a la Oficina Mundial de Servicios en los Estados Unidos: info@oa.org.

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This podcast is in Spanish. For an English transcript, click here. Podcast Nº 13 de Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos: Entrevista con Carolina. En esta edición, Carolina, miembro de Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos (CCA/OA), nos habla sobre su relación con la comida y las circunstancias que la trajeron a OA.  Para más información sobre Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos, por favor escribe un email a la Oficina Mundial de Servicios en los Estados Unidos: info@oa.org.

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This is a reading of the pamphlet Tools of Recovery. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office at 505-891-2664.

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This podcast is a recording of a Saturday afternoon OA meeting held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office at 505-891-2664.

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This is a reading of the pamphlet To the Teen. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office at 505-891-2664.

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In this edition, 21-year-old Kaitlin talks about her relationship with food and her recovery in Overeaters Anonymous from bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive eating. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at 505-891-2664.

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This podcast is in French. An English transcript is available please click here or go to /podcast/ Dans cet épisode, un membre de OA, Alison, parle de ses experiences avec sa maladie et son rétablissement dans Outremangeurs Anonymes. Pour plus d'information, visitez le site www.oa.org ou appelez le Bureau de Service Mondial aux Etats-Unis au 505-891-2664

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OA member Charles talks about his relationship with food and his recovery from compulsive eating in Overeaters Anonymous. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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This is a partial reading of the pamphlet OA Members Come in All Sizes: Welcome, Whatever Your Problem with Food. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at area code 505-891-2664.

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This is a reading of the pamphlet To the Man Who Wants to Stop Compulsive Overeating, Welcome. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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This is a reading of a member-written story called "Welcome Home" from the OA book Lifeline Sampler. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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This podcast is in Spanish. For an English transcript, click here. Podcast Nº 14 de Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos: Entrevista con María. En esta edición, María, miembro de OA, nos habla sobre su relación con la comida y las circunstancias que la trajeron a OA.  Para más información sobre Comedores Compulsivos Anónimos, por favor escribe un email a la Oficina Mundial de Servicios en los Estados Unidos: info@oa.org.

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OA member Esti from Israel talks about her involvement and Overeaters Anonymous. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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OA member Joe talks about his relationship with food and Overeaters Anonymous. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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OA member Dodie talks about her relationship with food and the circumstances that brought her to OA. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at e 505-891-2664.

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OA member Bob from Canada discusses the circumstances that brought him to OA and his experiences. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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OA member Kathleen from England discusses the circumstances that brought her to OA and her experiences in the program.  For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at 505-891-2664.

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Listen to a Friday morning OA meeting. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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OA member Beth from New Zealand discusses the circumstances that brought her to OA and her experiences. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at  505-891-2664.

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Former Managing Director, Naomi Lippel and OA member and 2008 Chairman, Dodie H. discuss what OA is and how it can help. For more information on Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the World Service Office in the United States at 505-891-2664.

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