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When I first heard the phrase “12th step within,” I thought it meant 12-stepping oneself rather than others who may have lost contact with program. But is this such a silly idea? Doesn’t carrying the message begin with our own programs? I may be going to meetings, doing service, and making calls, but I still may not be practicing these principles in all my affairs. I may not be living the 12-step values on a daily basis. I may not have what others want.
I recently tried to 12-step someone outside of program and, as the kids say, epic fail. I ended up . . .
12th Step Within work is about reaching out to those in the Fellowship who still suffer and addressing relapse and recovery of our members. Its purpose is to strengthen Overeaters Anonymous by sharing information and ideas that generate recovery within the Fellowship. Those who give 12th-Step-Within service encourage existing OA members to. . .
Are you available as a sponsor, including as a temporary sponsor, food sponsor or a “30 Questions” sponsor*? Are you interested in an experiment to see if it’s helpful to connect people who are looking for sponsors with people who are available as sponsors? The Sponsorship Committee is asked every so often for suggestions of available sponsors, and we would like to help connect people. We will maintain a list of available sponsors, and if someone asks for possible sponsors, we can provide names and contact information. After that, as usual, it is up to the people to talk and see if they want to try working together. There is no obligation to sponsor anyone who calls; it is just a willingness to talk and to be available if it works out.
The entire point of the program, which is working the Steps, is not just for me to recover. It is to have a spiritual awakening and carry the message. I have been given my life back by this amazing fellowship of Overeaters Anonymous and its spiritual antecedent, AA. No, actually, that's not true—what's true is that I have been given a life I never had, one that I could not even imagine possible. And I owe everything to this program of recovery. My sponsor often tells me . . .
All OA NoVA Intergroup Board positions are open for election on December 17
If you are interested in running for a position, please review the requirements and job descriptions at oanova.org. Then send us an email to by November 19 identifying your interest. Please include your contact information. Voting will take place on December 17 at Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale, VA.
Digital communication is an important way OA members share fellowship and carry the message. Use the new Guidelines for Anonymity in the Digital World to honor our Traditions and protect your own and others’ anonymity when posting about your experience, strength, and hope online. Visit OA's Website to learn more.
Everything you need to lead a journey through the Steps, including leader scripts, Fourth Step inventory worksheets, and hand-selected references from OA-approved literature is included. Use it to lead a group of OA members or one-on-one with your sponsees. Together, you can discover proven ways to incorporate the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous into a way of living—and a life beyond our wildest dreams.