Twelfth Step Within

The Twelfth-Step-Within Committee was created to reach out to those in the Fellowship who still suffer and to address the relapse and recovery of our members. The committee’s purpose is to strengthen Overeaters Anonymous by sharing information and ideas that generate recovery within the Fellowship.

Those who give Twelfth-Step-Within service encourage existing OA members to become or remain abstinent, to work the Twelve Steps, and to give service to the best of their ability. Doing this service increases the quantity and quality of recovery in our Fellowship, thereby assisting our own spiritual journey.

Twelfth Step Within does not focus on attracting new members; it explicitly supports the ones we already have. Anyone who is abstinent and working his or her own recovery can do this service. No special qualifications are necessary; only willingness is needed.

We can all help carry the message of recovery through abstinence and working the Steps by (1) being well ourselves; (2) giving service, sponsorship and friendship; (3) encouraging membership retention; and (4) attending meetings and OA events. If you need help or encouragement to implement the following suggestions, please contact your intergroup/service board or region.

The following is an overview of what you, your group or your service body can do to be available to members in relapse. Please refer to the Twelfth-Step-Within Handbook for information and ideas, workshop formats, and more.

  1. Hold workshops, marathons and retreats
  2. Sponsor personally or by mail/email
  3. Focus on membership retention

Provide literature that addresses Twelfth-Step-Within concerns, such as:


Twelfth-Step-Within Ideas

The Twelfth-Step-Within Committee would like your help in providing some of the best ideas for preventing relapse, keeping members interested in recovery and sharing the message that recovery from compulsive eating and behaviors is possible. Please download the TSW flyer and distribute to your groups.

Twelfth-Step-Within Ideas That Work

1. Abstinence
The Simplicity Project
Twelve Steps to a Slip
• Best Service
• Focus on Solution
• Food School

2. Communication
• OA Radio Ad Media Blitz
• Speaker through Skype; Greetings from Around the World
• Phone Tree
• Conference Calls

3. Fellowship/Humor
• OA Bingo
• The Price is Right, OA Style
• Mad Libs
• Trivia
• Rule 62/Boogoloo Committee/Our Lunches

4. Newcomers
• Newcomer Welcome Coin
• Welcoming Newcomers

5. Service/Special Events
• Candle Lighting Ceremony
• Traveling Hopefuls
• Thanksgiving Gratitude
• OA Holiday Workshop

6. Recovery/Carrying the Message
• Working the Steps
• Learning How to Meditate (Step Eleven)
• Preventing Relapse

7. Twelfth-Step-Within Day
• Portland’s Twelfth-Step-Within Day
• Keep It Simple . . . Ideas for Twelfth-Step-Within Day
• Sacramento Twelfth-Step-Within Day

8. Membership Retention
• We Care Box
• At Meetings and Between Meetings
• Call Five and Keep ‘Em Alive



Send us your ideas that work!