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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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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...

Recovery Adenture

Recovery Adventure I have been contemplating the words “Each day that we live well, we are well” (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 106), and how this works in my life. I have noted that the fleeting moments of well-being, serenity and sanity give me th 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...

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...

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...

The Strongest Message

When I first came to OA, folks said, “If newcomers are ready, you can’t say anything wrong. If they’re not, you can’t say anything right.” It was true for me. It wasn’t anything anyone said or did that got to me, but a mysterious response in my aching heart. I also realized I didn’t have to Read more...

After the Miracle

Before OA, food overfilled and expanded my body. Now food and exercise nourish my body. Before OA, food covered a hole in my heart. Now people fill my heart. Before OA, food filled my time. Now service, friends, and relaxation fill my time. Before OA, food covered a hole in my spi 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...

How Beautifully the Sun Shines Here

I am a compulsive overeater and an authority on how it feels to weigh 300 pounds (136 kg) at five feet ten inches (178 cm) tall. I was a wife and mother, but I felt barely human and barely a woman. Every excess pound carried an old wound and hatred for myself and others. Trapped in a wall of fat Read more...