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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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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...

Growing Up in OA

No one comes to a Twelve Step program on an upswing, and I was no exception. I was overweight and felt certain foods were the problem. I asked my husband of eighteen years to move out; I thought he was the problem. I wasn’t communicating well with my adult children, so they were the proble 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...

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...

Power of Truth

“Thank you”—two small, yet powerful words evoking appreciation and gratitude. Add a few more words: “Thank you for your honesty.” This is followed by gratitude, appreciation, and then the simple permission to breathe in the power of truth with no judgment attached.In OA, the truths ar 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...

Transforming Behaviors

In OA I have learned that if I want to stay away from my trigger foods, I need to first list specific foods and food behaviors that cause me difficulties. I have spent a lot of time being honest with my sponsor, my Higher Power, and myself so I could achieve and maintain abstinence. When I feel  Read more...

Octopus to Bed

I am sad about something. I’ve shared it with my sponsor, prayed about it to Higher Power, and mentioned it when a sponsee called, but it’s still there. I guess I need to share it with Lifeline too. that 10-year-old boy who feels alone and afraid came back. I had to leave with him as soon as the Read more...

Stay Connected to God

In my darkest days of overeating, slipping, and blaming myself, I got down on my knees every day and turned it over to God. I said, “God, I know things are tough right now, but I trust you know the way. I trust that my path on the road to recovery is safe in your hands.” After a few days of obse Read more...

Serenity Ever After

I had many goals in life before OA: graduate; marry and live hap- pily ever after; have kids; work at a job I love; and be thin, beautiful, and popular. Did I achieve them? To the best of my ability I did, but not to my satisfaction! After I found OA, all of those goals seemed superficial.  Read more...