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I need a traveling program, one that is available to me 24/7. I have used our website, oa.org, a lot. I’ve looked up in-person meetings when I travel. This past November, I was traveling on the East Coast (I live on the West Coast), and I searched and found a meeting for every day that I was available, including a marathon meeting on Thanksgiving Day, which was just what I needed.

I also need extra support sometimes when I am at home. I know that on the phone lists that are passed out at my face-to-face meetings, OA members write down the times they are available for outreach. Even though some members definitely say to call anytime, I have a hard time calling someone in the middle of the night when I really believe I will be bothering them. My solution is to go to Find a Meeting on oa.org and look up a phone meeting or online meeting. There appear to be meetings at almost any time of day or night since there are meetings in all different time zones. As a result, I have become friends with members who live in different parts of the world, and I know when they are awake and taking outreach calls. I have to place my program first, but that doesn’t mean I want to disrupt anyone else by waking them up. By seeking out phone meetings, I can put myself and my recovery first without worrying about bothering others.

Of course, one part of my program that is totally portable and in my control is my relationship with HP. I can pray anytime that I remember. My HP is with me all the time and is always understanding.

I pass on a huge thank you to the OA website designer for making the site so easy to navigate. My life and program are better because of it.

— Jessica, Southern California USA

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