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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...

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...

Ready for the Journey

I am a 58-year-old male. I have been on the “diet yo-yo” five or six times in my life. Each time, I lost weight and kept it off for about a year; then I gained it back plus more. I’ve learned this is a progressive disease. Before OA, I was full of despair and frustration.  Read more...

Oh is One Syllable

Driving to my OA meeting this morning, I felt a sense of calm about this past week. An authority figure had made an inappropriate comment, and I spoke my truth without becoming belligerent, without thinking obsessively about the situation afterward, without gossiping, and without stuffing d 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 my c Read more...

Here for a Reason

Before March 2014, my life was full of self-hatred, fear, and isolation. I took the phone off the hook and ate all day and night. At one point, I ate myself up to 323 pounds (147 kg). I had been in and out of OA since 1974, and I was desperate. I needed OA badly, and I am now back with a vengean Read more...

Feeling Good

I have been thinking about how proficient I was at feeling bad, and how I am now learning to feel good. My food compulsion started at age 7, which is when the worrying began as well as before-school stomach aches, bad dreams, fear at bedtime, and the chameleon-like behavior I developed to d Read more...

Grateful Dignity

Great Grateful for Dignity I first entered OA in 1990 after failing at various diets over the years. At that time, I’d gained back 60 pounds (27 kg) after a diet plus an additional 8 pounds (4 kg). I got the phone number for OA in New York City and was told where to find a meeting. When I walke Read more...

A Life To Live

When I came to OA five years ago, I was suicidal. I couldn’t imagine gaining weight yet another time. I was in my first new relationship since my husband of twenty years had left our marriage ten months prior. But my “new boyfriend diet” had worn off, and I was starting to expand. I couldn’t bea Read more...

Twelfth Step Timidity

Carrying the message has been very hard for me. It was difficult enough to admit to myself and my group that I am a compulsive overeater and powerless over food, and admitting it to my family was even harder. But telling other people? That was impossible. When others asked how I lost the we Read more...