Especially for the Newcomer
Helpful Information, Personal Stories, Love and Support.
If you are reading this, you have no doubt reached place in your life where you are desperate for help with compulsive overeating! For many of us in OA, we have been in that place - a place where we feel like if something doesn't help soon, we may die. We tried every diet, pill, weight loss program, undereating, exercising and depriving ourselves, only to find we could not fix our obsessive thoughts about food and eating. Some of us came and left, only to return many years later after more eating, gaining weight and heartache. Some of us stayed since our very first meeting, and we realized we were not alone. We have a disease, and with help, while it can never be cured, can be arrested. We felt we were home!
By working this program, you can become the person you truly want to be and improve your life! And, while it may seem like a simple program, it is often not easy to do - you will find that it's not so much about what you are eating but about what is eating you. You will shed not only weight, but so much more! To you we say, Welcome to OA, Welcome Home!
Recovery Insurance Policy
Together we can do what we could never do alone . . . This Recovery Insurance Policy is a pledge between two OA members to support and be accountable to one another. No member is immune to relapse or to quitting OA. This agreement is an “insurance policy” against both possibilities. If you think this agreement could be helpful for you, fill out your name and other information as the “I” on one side of the form and have another OA member complete the other half. Cut the forms apart and exchange sides. Place the agreement in a prominent spot to remind you of your commitment to recovery and to service. This Recovery Insurance Policy is no guarantee of recovery, but it may keep you from leaving OA before the miracle happens.