Florence Overeaters Anonymous -- Welcome to OA!

For info on Florence meetings, see Meetings

Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous! We of OA learned that we were in the clutches of a dangerous illness, and that willpower, emotional health, and self-discipline were no defense against it. We found the road to recovery by connecting to each other and to a Higher Power which gives us the ability to do what we cannot do alone. If you decide you are one of us, we welcome you with open arms. Whatever your circumstances, we offer you the gift of acceptance. You are not alone anymore. Welcome to OA. Welcome home!

OA is a program of support, recovery, and personal growth for people with issues relating to food and weight. OA addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of these issues. OA is a 12 Step Program based upon the AA model. Essentially, we admit we are unable to solve these issues on our own and need the help of a Higher Power, which is simply defined as a power greater than ourselves. OA is not religious and does not endorse any specific religious doctrine. Each member is free to define and connect with their Higher Power as they deem appropriate and all spiritual views are accepted and respected.

Our weekly meetings involve studying literature, working the steps, listening to speakers, connecting to other members, and sharing our hope and experience in the program. There are no weigh-ins, dues or fees. Donations to help cover group costs are appreciated after your second meeting.

There are many different elements in the OA program. To give you an overview, we have provided a list of all of the program elements below. However, please don't be intimidated or overwhelmed by this list! OA is a forgiving program and each member implements the pieces of the program at their own pace. There is no pressure or requirement to start doing everything at once! Our best advice to the newcomer is to keep coming to meetings and to explore the program with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Recovery from your issues with food and weight is possible with the OA program.

The Elements of the Overeaters Anonymous Program

We experience personal and spiritual growth through studying and working the 12 Steps of OA.

We experience hope, acceptance and support through attending meetings, connecting with others members, and sharing our stories and experience.

We create a plan of abstinence to establish healthy eating behaviors on a daily basis. Abstinence should be flexible enough that you can do it every day no matter what is going on in your life. Each member evaluates their own nutritional needs and creates a personalized plan of daily abstinence. A few examples of abstinence could be (a) 3 meals per day with no snacks, (b) up to three meals per day with one snack if needed, (c) 6 mini-meals scheduled throughout the day, or any other plan that creates healthy eating boundaries for you. For further clarification check out www.abcsofabstinence.com

We attend meetings
We have a sponsor to provide accountability, guidance, and support
We ready and study OA literature (some OA literature is available for borrowing at the Siuslaw Library)
We journal to become aware of and process feelings, emotions, and beliefs relating to food issues
We provide service to OA meetings, groups and members
We agree to anonymity, respect of personal privacy, and confidentiality
We follow the food plan of our choice
We follow an action plan of our choice
We communicate with other members for outreach and support in our program and theirs

For info on Florence meetings, see Meetings

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