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I am on social media a lot, and I was fortunate to be among the first members of the first registered OA group on a popular social media site. We follow all Twelve Traditions of OA and have two meetings a week. I found my sponsors through this group. Through the site, I message one of them daily about my food, and this has enabled me to stay abstinent since I now have to be accountable to someone.

I’ve learned so much from these meetings. Plus, there are posts that are like the talk that goes on after a face-to-face meeting. These have helped me as well. We even have people from Egypt whose posts are in Arabic and have to be translated, and people from all over the world who speak English as a second language. It’s really helped broaden my thinking as far as this disease goes.

Without this interaction, I seriously doubt I would’ve had the courage to reach out. Social media is a format I’m used to, and it’s very anonymous because I don’t know these people except online. (At first, I was really glad for that because if they rejected me it wouldn’t matter.) It’s a very good place for beginners to grow and for members who have been in OA a while to give service to them.

— Karen P

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