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  • The Twelve Steps of OA
  • Overcoming Isolation; Reaching Out for Help and Hope
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All OA meetings are a source of experience, strength, and hope, but small meetings may face challenges unique to their size or location. OA’s new Guidelines for Small Meetings: Help and Hope offer inspiration, practical suggestions, and resources to support members in building fellowship and strong groups—at any size.
New French and Spanish translations of the latest OA workshop, Amazing Recovery—Passport to Unity, can help more international members and groups explore our Fellowship’s unity. Fellows around the globe can “Experience the unity we all depend on for continued recovery” by hosting this interactive two-hour exercise that teaches OA “travelers” to focus on similarities rather than differences. Download materials today for the Amazing Recovery—Passport to Unity workshop—in English, Spanish, and French—at org/documents under “Workshops and Skits.” Faire l'expérience de l'unité dont nous dépendons tous pour un rétablissement durable. Experimentar la unidad de la cual dependemos para continuar con nuestra recuperación.
To maintain unity and honor our Traditions, it is suggested that OA groups use, sell, and display only OA-approved books and pamphlets. Use the revised OA-Approved Literature List to help your group keep its literature table up to date.
OA’s helpful relapse-prevention document “Been Slipping and Sliding? A Reading and Writing Tool” is now updated with page references for the OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. Download and support your abstinence with these thirty prompts to help you work your program.
Created by the PI/PO Committee, this comprehensive directory lists the many, many, many resources available to members, groups, and service bodies carrying “this message to compulsive overeaters.” Free and downloadable, the PI Resource List has link information for multiple resource categories, including guidelines, PI posters, podcasts, OA’s Facebook pages, and more. Save, share, and reach out!
The new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition is now available. Composed of questions based on OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition—this new Workbook has updated references, including page number references, to the new OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. PLUS: The full list of questions found in the Step Four chapter of the new OA Twelve and Twelve are presented in the new Workbook—all in a single, comprehensive Workbook. Find the new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition (#992) in the OA bookstore.  Also available from the OA bookstore as a downloadable, interactive PDF e-Workbook.
Enrich your understanding of OA’s Twelve Step recovery program. Read and share the Forewords and Appendices from our beloved Brown Book, written by mental, physical, and spiritual health professionals familiar with OA’s benefits. Understand more deeply why compulsive eaters around the world have found a path of recovery by working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous; then, use these pages to carry the message to referring professionals, interested newcomers, and others.
Use this handy reference chart to integrate our new book, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition, into your workshop and study sessions using the Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide. Now, you can refer to our new Second Edition as you journey through the Steps with the Workshop and Study Guide to discover proven ways to incorporate the Twelve Steps of OA into a way of living.