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The concept of abstinence is the basis of OA’s program of recovery. By admitting inability to control compulsive eating in the past and abandoning the idea that all one needs is “a little willpower,” it becomes possible to abstain from overeating—one day at a time.

Tools of recovery

“In working Overeaters Anonymous’ twelve-step program of recovery from compulsive overeating, we have found a number of tools are available to assist us. We use these tools – a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, the telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity and service – on a regular basis, to help us achieve and maintain abstinence and recover from our disease.” The Tools of Recovery, p.1.

How is OA funded?

OA has no dues or fees for membership. According to OA’s seventh tradition, we are self-supporting through literature sales and member contributions. Most groups ‘pass a basket’ at meetings to cover expenses. We do not solicit or accept outside contributions.

We send monthly contributions to our national service board to help carry the message to other compulsive overeaters. We encourage OA members to give as much as they can to help each group be self-supporting.

Why is OA anonymous?

Anonymity guarantees we place principles before personalities and assures us that only we have the right to make our membership known within our community. Social and economic status have no relevance in OA – we are all compulsive eaters. Anonymity ensures that OA membership will not be disclosed.

Is OA a religious organization?

OA is not a religious society since it requires no definite religious belief as a condition of membership. OA has among its membership people of many religious faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The OA recovery program is based on acceptance of certain spiritual values.

Where can I find a meeting in English?

OA Israel offers several meetings in English across the country. You can look for a meeting in Israel or use the Find a Meeting page in the OA world site and look for meetings in Israel and around the world. 

You are also welcome to come to our weekly Q&A meeting in English, which takes place every Thursday at 7:00 PM Israel time via Zoom.

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