Abstinence Resources

In Overeaters Anonymous, abstinence is defined as the act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Recovery is defined as removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program. (WSBC Policy 1988b [amended 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2019])

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Use the Strong Abstinence Checklist and Writing Exercise every day to support your commitment to abstinence. 

The Simplicity Project is a simple idea to help YOU stay abstinent! Got program? Got an index card and a pen? Write the essentials of your program on the front and back of an index card, then carry that card with you wherever you go. Take the card out and read it anytime you need to reaffirm your program.

The Abstinence Literature Resource Guide was created to be specifically helpful for obtaining and maintaining abstinence. Use literature every day to support you in keeping your abstinence, and share the list with newcomers and sponsees to help them understand and find abstinence.


Abstinence Podcast

OA Literature: A Commitment to Abstinence & Maintaining a Healthy Weight Podcast