Our Invitation To You
We of Overeaters Anonymous have made a discovery. At the very first meeting we attended, we
learned that we were in the clutches of a dangerous illness, and that willpower, emotional health and
self-confidence, which some of us had once possessed, were no defense against it.
We have found that the reasons for this illness are unimportant. What deserves the attention of the still-
suffering compulsive overeater is this: There is a proven, workable method by which we can arrest our
The OA recovery program is patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous. We use AA's twelve steps
and twelve traditions, changing only the words "alcoholic" and "alcohol" to "food" and "compulsive
As our personal stories attest, the twelve-step program of recovery works as well for compulsive
overeaters as it does for alcoholics.
Can we guarantee you this recovery? The answer is simple. If you will honestly face the truth about
yourself and the illness; if you keep coming back to meetings to talk and listen to other recovering
compulsive overeaters; if you will read our literature and that of Alcoholic Anonymous with an open
mind; and most important, if you are willing to rely on a power greater than yourself for direction in your
life, and to take the twelve steps to the best of your ability, we believe you can indeed join the ranks of
those who recover.
To remedy the emotional, physical, and spiritual illness of compulsive overeating we offer several
suggestions, but keep in mind that the basis of this program is spiritual, as evidenced by the twelve
We are not a "diet and calories" club. We do not endorse any particular plan of eating. Once we
become abstinent, the preoccupation with food diminishes and in many cases leaves us entirely. We
then find that, to deal with our inner turmoil, we have to have a new way of thinking, of acting on life
rather than reacting to it - in essence, a new way of living.
From this vantage point, we began the twelve-step program of recovery, moving beyond the food and
the emotional havoc to a fuller living experience. As a result of practicing these steps, the symptom of
compulsive overeating is removed on a daily basis, achieved through the process of surrendering to
something greater than ourselves; the more total our surrender, the more freely realized our freedom
from food obsession.
"But I'm too weak. I'll never make it!" Don't worry, we have all thought and said the same thing. The
amazing secret to the success of this program is just that: weakness. It is weakness, not strength that
binds us to each other and to a higher power and somehow gives us the ability to do what we cannot
If you decide you are one of us, we welcome you with open arms. Whatever your circumstances, we
offer you the gift of acceptance. You are not alone anymore. Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walla Walla Valley Overeaters Anonymous 2010