The Tools of Recovery

In working Overeaters Anonymous’ Twelve-Step program of recovery from compulsive overeating, we have found a number of tools to assist us. We use these tools regularly to help us achieve and maintain abstinence and recover from our disease.

  1. A Plan of Eating
  2. Sponsorship
  3. Meetings
  4. Telephone
  5. Writing
  6. Literature
  7. Action Plan
  8. Anonymity
  9. Service

In Overeaters Anonymous (OA), the Statement on Abstinence and Recovery is “Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.” Many of us have found we cannot abstain from compulsive eating unless we use some or all of OA’s nine tools of recovery to help us practice the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

For more information on the OA Tools of Recovery see:

OA Tools of Recovery (Abridged)

WSO Website Page on Tools of Recovery