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Lifeline, OA’s international magazine, serves as an indispensable “meeting-on-the-go.” Since 1962, when the first issue debuted as the OA Bulletin, Lifeline has offered encouragement and hope to thousands of readers. Tucked in a purse, a suitcoat pocket or a lunch bag, Lifeline accompanies members around the world, ready to provide inspiration and support when needed. Print and/or digital versions available. 

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Mornings Are Miracles

I am taking a mental health day just to sit back and rest, to feel my life and God’s presence in it. I have been in OA eleven years, yet I am writing Lifeline for the first time. Why? I was waiting until I worked a perfect program. Today I have a sponsor who tells me to stop holding m Read more...

Hot Pen

Writing has been a very effective Tool for me through my six years in OA. My sponsor introduced the “hot pen” to me saying, “Set your pen to paper, and before you know it, the thoughts and feelings bottled up inside will flow out, and new freedom will come.” Since then, s Read more...

With Humility

Toward the end of June last year, I came through the OA doors with some skepticism and resistance, but it melted as I started working the Steps. I identi ed early on with the words “Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home.” I’m currently working on Step Sev Read more...

Dear Old Me

“Old me, I love you. I don’t like everything you did, but I like what you are trying to become and what you are this very day” (Lifeline Sampler, p.61). I’ve been watching you. I’ve seen your suffering, and you needn't worry because I love you sti Read more...

What Works for Me

One July morning I led a meeting on part of Chapter three in the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pp. 30-43). I thought about my eating career and the umpteen times I had rationalized that all I needed was the right diet and I’d be okay. Wrong! I Read more...

Say When

I consider myself a newbie in OA. I’ve been in and out of program since my early 20s and am approaching my 50th birthday. I have surrendered more than 100 pounds (45 kg) in OA and have been at or within a 5-pound (2-kg) range of my goal weight for more than a decade. As I&rs Read more...

A Baby Again

I have been in OA for three and a half years and have lost 120 pounds (54 kg). Sounds great, doesn’t it? When I first came in I was desperate and willing, and the program worked for me. Then I became a success. I knew what it was all about, and I could tell anyone how to do it. B Read more...

OA Found Me

Prior to entering Overeaters Anonymous in September 2004, I was a 25-year-old woman who could not break free of the binge and starve merry-go-round. My troubled relationship with food began at an early age. During my early teens, my food restriction was progressive. I was already fearful of  Read more...

End of the Road

I will soon celebrate sixteen to a prayer. She practices the old- years in OA. I have been abstinent all but nine months and have had four sponsors. I don’t wear them out; one of us moves or something else happens—Higher Power was ready for us to move on. Each sponsor has been a Read more...

Dive Into Recovery

I am grateful I joined OA seventeen years ago because OA has been there for me all these years. I’ve learned how to turn my will and my life over to God. My first action in this direction was to commence at once with the Fourth Step inventory. My sponsor and the Big Book made it clear Read more...