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Work-World Recovery

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Two years ago, I was hired to work as a workshop leader at a treatment and rehabilitation facility in California, so I travel there every other month. About a month ago, I was outside, walking along the coast, when it hit me hard: I have this opportunity only because OA changed my life and brought me into the world of recovery.

It is hard to imagine that, twenty years ago, I’d been led to OA because I was hitting bottom and about to lose my job as a direct result of my food addiction. Today, I still hit difficult challenges with food and eating, but those are the exceptions, not the general path of my life.

This world of recovery means having a close relationship with my Higher Power, long-term friends who help and understand me and my food addiction, literature that guides me and gives me other examples of how to try things differently and stay abstinent, and freedom from a constant obsession with food and my weight. Wow.

And now I get to share this recovery with men and women in OA through sponsorship and speaking at conferences. In my work, I’ve been led down a path and career that never would have opened up to me had I not found recovery. I’ve been given the opportunity to carry the message of the Twelve Steps to men and women in treatment for many different addictions.

Thank you, OA; thank you to the members and the Fellowship; and thank you, Higher Power.

— Melissa H., Ardmore, Tennessee USA

Does a problem at work trigger your compulsive thoughts or behaviors? Try finding a solution with the Twelve Stepping a Problem writing exercise found under “Group Support” at oa.org/documents.

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