What’s New?

The latest issue of A Step Ahead is now available to download. Get the PDF as an interactive color version or in printer-friendly black and white. Featured in this issue:


  • WSBC 2018 updates and deadlines
  • Important messages from OA’s board treasurer and chair
  • Info about the new Translation Fund and application deadlines
  • Nine new or revised recovery resources from the WSO
  • OA Literature Bargains


Read it today and then share the OA news!

Updated and ready to download, these revised OA guidelines have practical suggestions for members, groups, and service bodies. Be inspired to reach out to OA members or potential newcomers by hosting an event, creating a newsletter, or sharing your story of recovery through Lifeline. Plus: Don’t miss OA’s new Speaker Statement included in Guidelines for OA Events. Check out the new, revised guidelines by clicking:

Guidelines for OA Newsletters

Lifeline Writers’ Guidelines

Guidelines for OA Events

"Developed through long and sometimes painful experience, the Twelve Traditions embody spiritual Principles for living. Those who have studied them carefully have found that these Traditions can be applied effectively to all human relationships, both inside and outside OA. With this in mind, we turn our attention to the Traditions, trusting that, as we come to understand them better, we will be better able to keep OA strong and healthy and ourselves spiritually fit in the face of all challenges.” – The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous 2017.

As part of our work on our Strategic Plan under the topic of Growing OA Unity Worldwide a committee has been working on a set of brief presentations that will introduce and then cover each of our twelve traditions.

Check out our Podcasts page for all of the videos.
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.

1. What is a sponsor
2. Why should you get a sponsor, and how can you get a sponsor?
3. Why be a Sponsor? Why be a Sponsee?
4. When can you start sponsoring? When can you start being sponsored?
5. What are the sponsorship job descriptions–from sponsor to sponsee and back?
6. How can you break down the barriers for both parties?
7. What are some different sponsoring styles?
8. How do you work the Twelve Steps with a sponsee?
9. How do you work the Twelve Traditions with a sponsee?
Deadlines for monthly featured topics are three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Please indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article based on the deadlines in parentheses. Typed letters by email, mail, or fax are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges, and sexuality of its writers. This issue write about:
  • Unity Day
  • Lessons from Our Group Conscience
  • My Suggestion for OA

All registered OA groups and service bodies have permission to translate and reprint OA print material currently on the OA website (downloadable PDF files or text) without written permission. For requirements and a list of additional OA material that can be translated and reprinted without written permission, see the Copyright Requests page.

OA Seventh Tradition Cycle—Giving and Receiving

See the many ways your contributions support your recovery by funding the OA program at every service level of OA. Download and share OA Seventh Tradition Cycle—Giving and Receiving. This new release from the Conference Finance Committee shows how every contribution, no matter the amount, helps OA to carry the message.