A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group


February 2002
Volume 4, Issue 2



ser*en*dip*i*ty ~ (noun) First appeared 1754:
the faculty or phenomenon of finding
valuable or agreeable things not sought for.


FEATURED ARTICLES

From Our Editor
Founders Corner
From Our Administrators
Current Service Opportunities
From the Loops: Spotlight of the Month
Recovery Meditations
Letters to the Editor
Relapse and Recovery
Danny's Corner
From the Recovery Group Members
From the Literature
The Recovery Group IRC Meeting Schedule
Overeaters Anonymous Contacts
Recovery Group Contacts
Serenity Prayer



~ FROM OUR EDITOR ~

Dear friends in recovery,

Welcome to the February edition of Serendipity!


On this day of love, Valentine's Day, I can't think of any act of love greater than sharing your recovery with other compulsive eaters. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful place in cyberspace to meet, to talk, to gain experience, strength and hope from each other. We are lucky that we have this newsletter, and our recovery meditations, as "home-grown" resources. But to continue this work, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Shares for the newsletter, and meditations for the meditation project, are dwindling, and we need more! We can't do this without all of you. Please, consider taking a few minutes of your time to contribute a share of your experience, strength and hope through the newsletter. And take a few more minutes and write about something meaningful in your recovery as a meditation -- there are samples of meditations sent to the loops every day! It's not hard, you don't have to be a writer -- you just have to find a quote that's meaningful to you and write from the heart! The benefits you get from this service, from sharing your recovery with others in the fellowship, will far outweigh the effort you put into it! We have so many members -- our resources are so great -- PLEASE think about sharing what you have been given with others through Serendipity and the Meditations Project!

Next month in Serendipity we are celebrating the recognition of on-line recovery in the fourth edition of the Big Book. This is a huge step forward for something we all know works. We are looking for ESH shares for the March edition of the newsletter that emphasize how important on-line recovery and meetings have become to all of us. Any shares you can provide will help us out!

All submissions to Serendipity should be sent to:
SerendipityNewsletter@yahoogroups.com

All submissions to the Meditations Project should be sent to:
RecoveryMeditations@lists.TheRecoveryGroup.org

Thank you for your service!

Peace, my dear friends.

Love in recovery,
Suzanne, Editor
SERENDIPITY



SERENDIPITY SUBSCRIPTIONS



~ FOUNDERS CORNER ~




Dear Recovery Friends,

Over the past year in Serendipity, I have written about how the Twelve Traditions are implemented in the Recovery Group. These traditions are the guidelines of TRG and the more we learn about them and honor them, the better community we will have.

An organization such as ours will only work if those who are members live our mission and carry our message. You have noticed that we don't have signs hanging out all over the place advertising The Recovery Group and our Trusted Servants don't march up and down Main Street carrying placards. The Recovery Administrators don't go on TV talk shows identifying themselves and our members don't write books and magazine articles about their loops and meetings. Why is this .... don't we want people to know about us? Of course we do; however, our name is The Recovery Group ~ Compulsive Eaters Anonymous. Anonymous! And even for recruitment purposes our anonymity in the public forum is far more important than recruiting.

The Eleventh Tradition says: "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films." We have found that each member here can attract another member just by living a Twelve-Step oriented life and by honoring the traditions of our beloved fellowship.

Happy February to all.

@-}-}-}------
Love in recovery,
Mari




~ FROM OUR ADMINISTRATORS ~

Dear Friends in Recovery ~

This new year in TRG has begun with an abundance of recovery sharing! Many new members joining our online meetings and loops. The WTS loop began a new quarter of Working The Steps, and a new loop for those who speak French is beginning to grow. The Abstinent Kitchen and Food-for-Recovery loops have merged and developed a whole new look, becoming Recovery Kitchen. Surely, there is ever increasing life and joy found among us as we share this miracle of recovery!

In gratitude, we take a moment to thank the many people who share their recovery through service to the many people of TRG. The dedicated meeting leaders, coordinators, Greeters, 12th Step Within, and Webservant TS reach out to others each and every day. The many people who work on our Meditations, Serendipity, The Web Site and Technical Support provide us with creative new views of recovery to enjoy and pass along to others.

At this time of year, many people have let go of their New Years Resolutions. As we live out our own recovery, we know that it is much more than a resolution. We have found a new way of living! As we continue to live out our recovery One Day at A Time, we are invited to experience the wonder of those early recovery writers who said "It works - it really does." (AABB, p. 88)

We are grateful for all members of our online recovery community. Together we each continue to receive this gift of recovery, and in gratitude we can share it with others. Your presence is important to each new person who arrives here seeking recovery!

As Administrators for TRG, we are available to receive any ideas, questions, or concerns you may have.
Please contact us:
TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org

In Recovery ~
Cate, Pate and John ~
The Recovery Group Administrators ~
TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org


~ CURRENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES ~



Hello Friends in Recovery ~

Today we are sharing with you the service opportunities that are currently available to you within the TRG community. Please review these opportunities carefully, and give yourself a chance to share your recovery with countless others through your service!

NEEDED: LOOP COORDINATORS

  • Coordinators Needed for the following Special Interest Loops:
  • AA and Recovery
  • Disabilities and Recovery
  • German and Recovery
  • Isolation and Homebound
  • OA Anon
  • Recovery Kitchen
To offer your service or for more information ~ Please Contact :
TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org

NEEDED: MEETING LEADER

Meeting leader needed for the Friday 10:30AM meeting
Any person wanting to lead meetings please contact:
Vicki ~ vickiw@gci.net

NEEDED: SPONSORS

To join our list on online sponsors - and to share your recovery
through sponsoring - please contact:
Maureen ~ sarkar@cableonda.net

NEEDED: TELEPHONE ANGELS

To join our list of telephone angels - and share your recovery
with others through this service - please contact:
Jessica ~ jlevine19@nyc.rr.com




~ LOOP SPOTLIGHT ~


FEATURE LOOP ~ Anorexia and Bulimia

The Recovery Group has a loop called Anorexia and Bulimia which is available for people who experience these forms of the compulsive eating disease. There are currently 180 members on this loop, and we recently welcomed Vicki as its new coordinator.

For a little more information about what this loop has to offer you, here is a review of the information on our website.

Welcome to the Anorexia and Bulimia Loop! We are glad that you are considering joining us on our Journey in Recovery...a journey that asks much from us in the name of recovery, but we are never asked to walk the journey alone.

We are very excited to welcome you to our family here. Our goal is to establish what we call a "safe place" ... a place where you can share your thoughts, feelings, and dreams. A place where you can be YOU, and not be judged or critiqued. We are here not to point fingers or to lecture; we are here to give and receive support; to share are experience, strength, and hope; to affirm our successes and to grow with our challenges.

If anything, our main mission is tell you that RECOVERY DOES HAPPEN!! No one ... no, not even you, is exempt from that promise. Many of us truly believed that we must have had a genetic flaw stunting any chances we may have had in obtaining inner peace and of living a life free of obsession and pain. Gratefully, however, we were proven wrong.

We invite you to share your story as you become comfortable in doing so. Your experience, strength and hope helps others as well as yourself. With that, we leave you with just one word:

BELIEVE...

To join the Anorexia and Bulimia loop:
AnorexiaAndBulimia-subscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org

For more information on anorexia:
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/special/anorexia.html

For more information on bulimia:
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/special/eatingdisorders.html



FEATURE LOOP ~ COKids

Dear Loopies,

My name is Sharon W. and I'd like to introduce myself as the new Coordinator of the COKids Loop. I actually came upon this service job quite by coincidence! I was looking for a support system for my daughter online and came across COKids on the Recovery Group Homepage. I have been involved in several of the Recovery group loops over the last 5 years and they have helped me so much. When Mari wrote me and explained that the group was inactive and they needed someone to coordinate and get it going again, I knew the job was for me.

I was overweight as a child and know the pain in my daughter's eyes when she talks to me about being overweight, being teased in school and being afraid. I relive it with her. But, she is so much more fortunate than I, as she has parents who know about addiction; who know about recovery and the peace and joy it can bring . My children are very lucky to know what they know now, even if it's just a small seed being planted. As parents we can't magically turn our child into a non-COE ... but we can be there for them and set a good example for them and let them know that there are things that can be done to give them a better quality of life.

Do you have a child who is overweight, who is a compulsive overeater, who is showing signs of bulimia or anorexia? Or do you know someone else who does? I know as a parent and a recovering compulsive overeater myself, I need to talk about my children, about my feelings about their food and weight problems and how it affects my own recovery and my own life. I need to learn from others how to help them with what I can and how to let the rest go one day at a time.

If you already belong to this loop, we'd love to hear from you. Tell us your story - why you joined the loop and what you hope to gain from this support and fellowship. If you have not joined us yet and have a child you are concerned about, please join us now. Sometimes others who live the same problems can help when no one else can.

I look forward to hearing from all of you and to walking this journey together.

In Recovery,
Sharon W., Coordinator
DrSharon@adelphia.net
The COKids Loop
The Recovery Group
www.TheRecoveryGroup.org

COKids ~ Come Join Us

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Co-Kids is a loop for parents, grandparents,
teachers, therapists and all who love children.
To join us visit our website at:
http://www.therecoverygroup.org/cokids/index.html





~ RECOVERY MEDITATIONS ~
PLEASE READ!

One Day at a Time
We are badly in need of original meditations for Recovery Meditations. The Recovery Group has thousands of members around the world, and yet we do not yet have enough meditations to complete our first 365 days. PLEASE BECOME A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL PROJECT! If you enjoy the daily meditations sent to the loops each day, get into the act!! Send your original meditation, in the format of those sent to the loops, to
RecoveryMeditations@lists.TheRecoveryGroup.org

If every member of TRG submits just one meditation, and there is no reason this cannot happen, we will have enough to complete our work in progress and move on to a second volume of love, experience, strength and hope ........

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TODAY!





~ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ~

*PLEASE* send your letters to the editor of Serendipity to SerendipityNewsletter@yahoogroups.com

Without your input, we have no gauge of how we are doing here at SERENDIPITY -- Newsletter of The Recovery Group!



~ RELAPSE AND RECOVERY ~

Tell the Secrets

About six years ago, I went through a three- to four-year relapse. The main lesson I learned from the experience was how important it is to stay connected with others in the Fellowship when we're in trouble. I didn't do that. I continued to go to meetings, talk there and even do service. But I was not "rigorously honest" about what was going on inside me. I was not sharing the real me with others, in or out of the Fellowship. I didn't make many phone calls, and I didn't talk about my food with anyone. I was hiding. The slogan "we are as sick as our secrets" has always been meaningful for me. This is what was going on with me in my relapse; I was living with my secrets.

This is how our disease works, telling us we're okay when we're not. Denial is a powerful element in keeping us stuck. The solution: tell the secrets and let someone know about your feelings, your pain and your food. Shine the light on your dark corners. The light is God, coming through safe, supportive and loving people. Then the healing can begin.

If you are in relapse or haven't become abstinent, tell someone one of your secrets. Be as honest as you can with at least one other person, whether it's your sponsor or another supportive and safe recovering person. Just take that first baby step and you'll be on your way to healing, abstinence and recovery.

May God be with us as together we "trudge the Road of Happy Destiny" ("Big Book," page 164).

Reprinted from Lifeline, October 2001, Volume 29, No. 10 (edited and reprinted from The Butterflyer newsletter, Chicago Western Intergroup, November 1998)


~ DANNY'S CORNER ~

~ Sharing When It Works ~

Dear God,

Good morning and broad smiles from me this morning. The sun shines through my window as does the light You bring to me through my fellows. As I had my morning coffee (first mug) and read the early posts, two things popped up and smacked me in the kisser. One was that being on a high from being surrounded by the fellowship can and sometimes is dangerous to our abstinence. However the answer to this dilemma is merely clinging all the more to both the fellowship and You by allowing all of us to share that burden. The other was seeing several of my fellows going on with their lives through much change and upheaval all while being spiritually fit.

I have seen such bravery these past few days, and am happy to say my own bout with compulsive madness has passed, and You have relieved me of that bondage, thanks. We all too often hear only of the struggle and not enough of the victories in our world. Many feel as though their victory is fragile or speaking of it would seem arrogant or a boast, while neither is true, because the victory comes from You and should be shouted from the rooftops of our hearts.

Yes, I am being rather poetic this morning, and it feels good. All of the things I offered to You, those things I could do nothing about, have been resolved without me, thanks. The woman You sent to run my life lies sleeping in our bed, safe and peaceful, secure in her surroundings, knowing her protector is here. Me too.

Send whomever or whatever You will to me today, along with the wisdom and power to do Your will not mine. Watch over my family, friends, fellow loopies, those who still diet, and the people I just don't like.

AND WHY NOT......Danny





~ FROM THE RECOVERY GROUP MEMBERS ~


Progress Not Perfection


I wish I knew why, after all these years in program, I'm still not always able to get my food right, and how I could have put on some of the weight that I had lost. Why is it that I still struggle with abstinence when others have years of back to back abstinence? I guess the truth is that my journey has been different from others, and one of my very worst character defects is perfectionism, so it becomes the easiest thing for me to compare myself to others, or have these unrealistic expectations of myself and my recovery, which I am never able to meet up with.

In the last year, especially, when I have had a great deal of chronic back pain and subsequent depression, I almost went into relapse, and isolated a lot. I hardly phoned OA friends and was on the pity pot a great deal of the time. But one of the things that really helped me was that I always kept coming back. I still went to my f2f meeting; I still read loop mail and sometimes even shared. But I felt that my life was a mess and the sloppier my abstinence, when I had it, became, the more I would beat up on myself for not getting it right once again!

Somehow or other, the willingness has slowly come back to try and take some shaky steps back to the freedom I always have when my abstinence is back intact. I found two new sponsors - one online and one f2f - and it was through these two special people that some of the answers have come. All the time that I had been angry at myself for my failures, I had actually failed to see the progress I had made. Only in speaking to another person, could I see that even when I had had slips, I still hadn't crossed that line and eaten certain trigger foods that I hadn't eaten in a long time. It was as though I had recoiled from them as if it were a hot flame, as it says in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Surely that was progress! Even when I felt very angry and resentful at my ex husband when my grandson was born, and perhaps my body language showed that, I was able to be civil to him for my son's sake, which I had never been able to do before. My relationships are definitely better, although not perfect, and I don't always have to be right. I am able to tell my children that I love them, something that I had never been able to do before program. No matter how dishonest I have felt my food become, I am still able to tell another person that I am struggling, rather than being in denial and living in shame and guilt over what I ate, as I used to do before program.



One of the exercises that my one sponsor gave me was to write a list of debits and credits, ie the positives and the negatives in my life, and surprisingly enough, there were a whole lot of positive things that I was doing which more than balanced up with the negatives, that I kept using as a whip to beat up on myself. I think all this is teaching me that I just need to be more gentle on myself, remembering that this disease doesn't get better overnight. All I need to do for today is to do the footwork and leave the rest to my Higher Power. If I do what has helped countless other compulsive overeaters, I will get better one day at a time.

Unfortunately it'll be in God's time, not mine, but it will happen if I work at it.

Sharon S




Rewards of Abstinence



  • Confidence instead of desperation.
  • Assurance versus hopelessness.
  • Fortitude instead of trepidation.
  • Tranquility versus chaos.
  • Self-respect instead of self-loathing.
  • Simple human dignity versus pity and contempt of all associates.
  • Self-assurance instead of bewilderment.
  • The ability to face self versus a guilt-loaded mind.
  • True friends instead of desperate loneliness.
  • A clean pattern of living versus an aimless existence.
  • Ability to choose not to overeat instead of the need to eat.
  • A home and happy family life versus a house and a desperate family.

-Anonymous




Happy, Joyous and Free



It is early morning . . . I sit here gazing at the snow covered landscape that God has provided and smile at chubby squirrels who frolic on the branches. I am content. Warm, comfortable in my little apartment. It is the perfect time for reflexion and gratitude.

Hello everyone, I am Danielle and I am a compulsive overeater. Today's musings have taken me back over the almost 50 years of my life.... The last half of my life has been interesting to say the least and I am mostly pleased with what I see, thanks to this program and the wisdom it has afforded me. I have tried to be the best Danielle I can be, and to always do the "next right thing"....

I remember waking and being full of hatred and resentment mostly for myself frequently for the people who surrounded me. As I would ponder the days miracle diet and how by "next summer, winter, fall, spring" I would be thin, I would already be a failure in my mind. Hating the "fat clothes" hanging in my closet, and hating the fat person who would be wearing them. I raged against the unfairness of my life, the cheating husband, the poverty, the fact that the "whole world had it better than I." I lived on my pity pot. I loved that pity pot and wore the victin cloak convincingly. Every morning would be greeted with anxiety and depression. I was close personal friends with, amongst many others, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and a gosh awful protein diet where I would pour what can only be described as "barf in a cup" as I forced it down my throat in my search for happiness. Easier to deal with than what was really going on. Of course I failed, never was thin, and hated myself all the more.

Suicidal ideation became my hobby. How and when. What people would say at my funeral - I would show them.... I had even decided on what should be written on my tombstone..... "See I told you I was sick" .... Bitter to the end. I would shed tears at the sheer poignancy of the scene. My, how I took myself seriously.

I was convinced that God was a judgemental, stern man, who was disgusted with me, and had far better things to do with his time than look after some worthless creature such as I.

And then I walked in through these doors. What a bunch of kooks you all seemed to be. Hugging and talking about some mysterious Higher Power. Accepting everyone no matter what size. In my intellectual superiority it was clear to me that I coudn't possibly be one of you. And there was no diet! How the heck was I supposed to lose weight without a diet?????

Luckily God believed in me at a time when I didn't believe in Him. So, thanks to a comedy of errors, and in spite of myself, I stayed.

I listened a lot but heard nothing, the inner voice was laughing at you. I had never belonged anywhere and felt that I certainly didn't belong here.

So I did what people said I should do, played the game and yes lost the weight. I was a star. A popular speaker and a well-liked sponsor. I revelled in the notoriety and basked in the glow of your admiration. And I went to bed believing I was the worse fraud ever. I had become an expert in justification, and called this "acting as if."

One particularly difficult day (we all have them), I announced that I was going to take shower. This proclamation was met with . . . nothing. The dog had thrown up, one of the children was teething, the other had a stomach virus with all that entails, and the eldest, well she was a teenager and I had been ducking hormones all day. I had dropped a plant, slipped and landed on my butt, and was in a particularly frenzied state.

So off to the shower to hide. As I disrobed, the middle child started knocking on the door. "Mama I want you!" Couldn't my #@# husband even do this one thing right??????

I verrrrrry dramatically raised my hands to the sky and said "Ok God, if you're so hot. . . you take this 'cause I can't do it anymore."

That's when the miracle occured. A calm came over me, as if I was being enveloped in a warm soothing oil. I can't describe it any other way, it was warm, it was soft and it poured over me from my head to my toes. God had somehow annointed me. All of the stress of the day, all of the anxiety of a lifetime had left. I felt a calm which had been unparalleled in my life. I took my shower and came out of that bathroom a different person.

And the hard work began. I started attending meetings in earnest. I read the books, studied them, and applied the principles to my life. When the feelings became too much to bear, I started seeing a therapist. It took almost a decade to get to the bottom of things.

I was thin, healthy psychologically, heck I was cured . . . and no longer needed the Program. LOL. I guess I hadn't dealt with that whole EGO thing yet.

I walked out of the rooms and now know that I was basically signing my own death warrant. We, the children and I, survived years of hard times. We got through by the skin of our teeth. God first threw little pebbles at me . . . you know, losing the house and having to move . . . I could handle that . . . who needed God?

Then the boulders began hitting. My daughter's best friend was murdered violently while she slept. My child was broken and turned to drugs and alcohol, which of course led to violence. And it was all I had to hold her together - us together. I was layed off, we lost our house, my father died, etc. etc. But we survived!

Recently I was sitting here, feeling very depressed. All of my weight and then some had come back (I weighed well over 300 lbs! and even at 5'9" I could no longer "carry it well." I was isolating and had gone back to suicidal fantasies. The children are grown and living on their own, my family is sober (for the most part) and combined have more than 30 years of sobriety and service in the Program.

Rather than let my thoughts get the better of me, I asked myself when was the last time I had felt good about me and my life? I realised that I needed a meeting. Hadn't been to one in more than 5 years. But knew that I needed one now!!!!

Thank God for the Internet. I wanted to find out when and where. What I found was you. I jumped in with both feet. Attended an on-line meeting right then and there, and became abstinent. Struggled with my definition, since I had aged and changed, become an insulin dependent diabetic, but worked the bugs out, and fell in love with OA again.

So here I am, happy to be alive, seeing the beauty in my life and appreciating every single one of you. So grateful to be here that I - who is rarely at a loss for words - can't find the words to express it adequately.

I am abstinent and have already shed a lot of weight, safely and happily, I have a wonderful sponsor, have made some wonderful new friends and am back to greeting the world with a smile when I awaken.

Life is good, one day at a time . . . thanks to OA and all of you.

With love and appreciation,

Danielle





H.O.W.

My name is Linda Lu, I live in Soldotna, Alaska. On October 29, 2001 I started the H.O.W. food plan. It has been an adventure ... that I pray I will continue for the rest of my life. One of the first things I noticed was less joint pain. The next was clearer thinking. And then at the end of thirty days, I noticed I lost 20 pounds. [tears of joy]

Well, it is almost 90 days now, and it is just getting better. I have started using the cook book, and as service work I cook recipes from it and give them as gifts (like the muffins on page 6, yummm! I use stevia as the sweetener). But I could not do this alone. Without my higher power working in my life I would not have made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Chirstmas without one bite of a refined carb. I am now 35 pounds lighter and 150% happier!!! I thank spirit for the people who brought this plan into my life.





~ FROM THE LITERATURE ~

STEP TWO
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.



TRADITION TWO
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.



SECOND STEP PRAYER
I pray for an open mind so I may come to believe in a Power greater than myself. I pray for humility & the continued opportunity to increase my faith. I don't want to be crazy any more



BIG BOOK QUOTE
Perhaps there is a better way--we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity." (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 68)




We invite all of you to attend our online meetings. We have many dedicated meeting leaders and we have several meetings each day. The simplest way to enter the #Recovery Room is to go to: http://www.starchat.net/recovery. Be patient! It takes several minutes for the page to download because of the chat software (called an applet). If a screen comes up asking you if you want to accept the Java Link, click YES. (Not all computers get this message.)

  • -- On the Nick Name line, type in a nickname you want to use, or your first name. (Just type right over the word "Recovery" )
  • -- Click on the Connect button at the bottom.
  • -- Wait a few minutes without doing anything, and you go right into our chatroom. Type on the line across the bottom and hit enter (or return) to send what you wrote to the chat room.
There are other ways to enter the room depending on your server....so go to this page and you will see the instructions: http://www.therecoverygroup.org/support/meetings.html

Here is a copy of our latest Meeting Schedule:



RECOVERY GROUP MEETINGS

All Meetings US Eastern Time
All IRC meetings on Starchat Channel

All IRC meetings in #Recovery with the exception of the Spanish meetings which are held in #SpanishRecovery and Christian meetings held in #Christian&Recovery
MONDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
9:30 AM IRC Christian & Recovery
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
2:30 PM IRC Big Book Study
7:00 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
TUESDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
2:30 PM IRC Humbly Asking God to Remove Our Character Defects
7:00 PM IRC Step Meeting
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
WEDNESDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC #CCA
7:00 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC #CCA
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
THURSDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC #Christian&Recovery
7:00 PM IRC OA Topic
8:00 PM IRC Ask It Basket
9:30 PM IRC Big Book
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
FRIDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
9:30 AM IRC #Christian&Recovery
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
7:00 PM IRC Step Meeting
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC Newcomers
SATURDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
10:30 AM IRC OA Topic
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
7:00 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
SUNDAY:
7:00 AM IRC OA Topic
10:30 AM IRC Recovery Meditations
11:30 AM IRC #CCA
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
3:30 PM IRC #ItalianRecovery
7:00 PM IRC OA Topic
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic

Meetings Information ~ The Recovery Group
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/support/meetings.html
or RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com


To volunteer as a meeting leader or substitute leader, please contact us at
RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com

Meetings Information ~ AOL
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/support/aolmeetings.html
or RMTalia@aol.com




~ OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS CONTACTS ~

Overeaters Anonymous
World Service Office (WSO)
6075 Zenith Ct. NE
PO Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
USA

Telephone 505-891-2664
Fax 505-891-4320
http://www.overeatersanonymous.org/
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"In the deepest part of a compulsive eater's soul . . .
Is the realization that recovery begins when we find one another."
~ Mari, Recovery Group Founder ~


Grant us the SERENITY to accept the things we cannot change;
The COURAGE to change the things we can;
And the WISDOM to know the difference.

What we could never do alone ~
We can do together.

One day at a time ~
One step at a time.




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