OA’s Nine Tools of Recovery

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.