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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:
  • Recovery and Relationships
  • Sexuality and Intimacy in Recovery
You can also submit a Lifeline story directly through OAlifeline.org by clicking here.

Use Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight for support in preserving your abstinence and “maintenance” weight. Revised with new stories from members experiencing different manifestations of our disease, the updated pamphlet also has more than a dozen suggestions from individual members for maintaining a healthy weight and now includes OA’s Statement on Abstinence and Recovery. Find the new Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight (#310) in the OA bookstore.

New for groups and service bodies, the OA Business Glossary lists and defines OA business, conference, and parliamentary procedure terms for effective and efficient communication across the Fellowship.

Laugh and learn how to carry the message to health care professionals with “The Wanda Know Show,” a new skit and workshop brought to you by the OA board. In forty-five minutes, participants and audience members alike will be entertained, educated, and better equipped to talk to their doctors, nurses, therapists, and any other referring professional about the hope of recovery from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors that OA can offer to the clients and patients in their care. Make “The Wanda Know Show” part of your next OA event. Download it today and share!

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.