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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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Coming up on my second year in OA recovery, I read the Lifeline Article Alert asking for stories about character defects. I immediately thought I didn’t have anything interesting or perfect to share about my character defects. Then I remembered I had experienced a traumatic event related to my Step Six work. I had done it again, slipped into denial. That is exactly how my disease kept me in its grip for thirty years. I always believed that whenever I put my mind to it, I could stop my compulsive overeating. After I discovered my twenty character defects (denial was one of them and defiance was the last to be revealed), someone broke into my car and stole all of my journaling and footwork related to my character defects. At first I was devastated, thinking I had done all that work for nothing. Gratefully I found that God and the OA program taught me I can work the Tools no matter what. The next day I went to a meeting and shared my concerns, bought a new journal, and discovered the knowledge was right inside me, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I did not need a piece of paper to back up what God had already revealed to me. — Heidi W., Olympia, Washington USA