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The 9 Tools of Recovery

In working OA’s Twelve-Step program of recovery, there are nine vital tools to aid us in maintaining abstinence:

A Plan of Eating 

A plan of eating helps us abstain from compulsive eating. (See the pamphlet Dignity of Choice.) This Tool helps us deal with the physical aspects of our disease and achieve physical recovery. 



Many members call, text, or email their sponsors and other OA members daily. Telephone or electronic contact also provides an immediate outlet for those hard-to-handle highs and lows we may experience.


We read OA-approved books, pamphlets, and Lifeline magazine. Reading literature daily reinforces how to live the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. 


Putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper helps us to better understand our actions and reactions in a way that is often not revealed to us by simply thinking or talking about them. 


Meetings give us an opportunity to identify our common problem, confirm our common solution through the Twelve Steps, and share the gifts we receive through this program. In addition to face-to-face meetings, OA offers telephone and online meetings.


Any form of service that helps reach a fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery. Members can give service by getting to meetings, sharing at meetings, talking to newcomers, making outreach calls, becoming a service member of your local meeting, i.e., treasurer, timer, secretary, Intergroup rep, etc. Beyond the group level, a member can serve as intergroup representative, committee chair, region representative, or Conference delegate. 

As OA’s responsibility pledge states: “Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this, I am responsible.” 


Anonymity guarantees we will place principles before personalities and assures us that only we have the right to make our membership known within our community. Anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication means that we never allow our faces or last names to be used once we identify ourselves as OA members. Within the Fellowship, anonymity means that whatever we share with another OA member will be held in respect and confidence. What we hear at meetings should remain there. 



We ask a sponsor to help us through our program of recovery on all three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Find a sponsor who has what you want and ask that person how he or she is achieving it. 


Action Plan 

An action plan is the process of identifying and implementing attainable actions that are necessary to support our individual abstinence. Just like our plan of eating, it may vary widely among members and may need to be adjusted to bring structure, balance, and manageability into our lives.

Are You Struggling with Abstinence?

Whether you want to avoid relapse, you’ve been slipping, or you’re struggling to break free from relapse, there are resources available that can help. Click below for a reading list as well as questions that may help get you back on track. This tool can also be used as a worksheet for sponsors and sponsees. As an additional aid, on you will find Recovery from Relapse meetings in both virtual and hybrid formats. For your convenience, below are hyperlinks that will take you directly to those meetings, hosted on the days of the week specified.

Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday
Saturday, Sunday

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