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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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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...

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...

Twenty-Four-Hour Reminder

Even after more than four years of abstinence, I don’t ever want to forget how painful my life was before I became abstinent. Two weeks ago, I had a chance to remember life before OA. I was incredibly hungry all day, craved certain foods, and was driven to eat. I didn’t break my  Read more...

Give and Take

Before burning my journal, I reread some of the entries: This problem went away. That fear didn’t materialize. That was a problem? How trivial some entries seemed! But when I wrote them, they were the most important, bothersome, and fearful things in my life. I did notice one problem  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...

Sixty-two and Counting

With OA, it was love at first sight. Within weeks, I committed to work the Steps and was embraced by my kindred spirits. At long last, I was home. I was also beginning to deal with the damages of childhood sexual abuse. Besides OA meetings and literature, I was waist-deep in therapy, flashb Read more...