Newcomers and Recovery



If you are on this web page, there is every possibility that you are struggling with food issues. There is the possibility that you are in pain because you're sick and tired of gaining weight and losing it only to gain it back again. There is the possibility that you are hurting so much that you are just about ready to give up. And so you've found yourself here.

Have you tried diet clubs, shots, pills, weight doctors, etc., only to achieve short-lived success followed by further failures-gaining and regaining weight each time? Have you known the despair of feeling fat? Are you thin now, but know you are on your way up? Is your eating out of control?

Many people want long-term freedom from their obsession with food and weight and often use extreme and unhealthy measures to achieve this including purging and starving. While some are able to achieve this freedom on their own, the majority struggle most of their lives with the problem.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a program based upon the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Today, it is an organization that has meetings on every continent and is growing. The Recovery Group is not to replace face to face OA meetings ... but it is another resource for recovery. We treat the food and weight problem not as a lack of willpower or a moral defect, but as a disease that can be arrested.

This 12-step program offers a recovery for the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of compulsive eating. OA is not a professional diet club. This organization does not endorse specific food plans or diets.

OA offers a message of hope and recovery from this serious problem. No matter what size you are when you come to OA, if you want to be free of the obsession with food, the OA program can work for you. If you want to learn how to live a life free of compulsive eating, OA and the Recovery Group can help.



Many of the members of our group have found recovery through their Overeaters Anonymous program. Only you can determine if you have an eating disorder ~ if you are a compulsive eater. Here are a few questions which might help you answer that question. Many members of Overeaters Anonymous and our group have found that they answered yes to many of these questions.

1. Do you eat when you're not hungry?
2. Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
3. Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
4. Do you give too much time and thought to food?
5. Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
6. Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
7. Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
8. Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
9. Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?
10. Do you resent others telling you to "use a little willpower" to stop overeating?
11. Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet "on your own" whenever you wish?
12. Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
13. Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
14. Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
15. Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?


Only you can decide that question...no one else can make this decision for you. We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food. We believe that compulsive overeating is a progressive illness...one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested. Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.



The Recovery Group has many support loops, online meetings and other services for the compulsive eater. We also have a Big Book Study, Twelve Step Study, a Sponsor Program and many other services. If you are a newcomer, you mightfind this a strange new world ... and the purpose of this page is to help youadjust to your new surroundings ... to help you speak our language ... the language of recovery.

If you are brand new to OA and The Twelve Steps, let us encourage you to join the Newcomers and Recovery Loop. This is a short term loop which will help you to learn about us and see which of our recovery loops is best suited to you.


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We hope this page is helpful to you and makes your transition to OA Recovery an enjoyable experience.

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