Home Tools & Concepts Sustaining Actions

Sustaining Actions

3 min read

Working my program by attending special-topic meetings that use the OA-HOW meeting format has taught me how to create an action plan. I’ve also developed the muscle to sustain it and the self-discipline to follow it. Here are ten things that help me work my action plan:

  1. Remember abstinence. Abstinence is the most important thing in my life without exception.
  2. Take my prescribed medications. I take medicine with humility. I admit when I need strong medications for health problems, and I am not arrogant when I don’t have to take medicines. One of my medications is an injection. OA is a great benefit to me there, because someone from my group often gives me the injection.
  3. Follow my food plan. I plan where and when I will be eating today and pack accordingly.
  4. Plan my food plan. What are my foods? Do I have them or do I need to shop?
  5. Exercise. I’m in a wheelchair, so I do daily floor exercise to keep as physically independent as I can. Working the OA program is something I can do from a wheelchair, and I’m grateful for that.
  6. Communicate with my sponsor. I honor my commitments to my sponsor and the serenity that is the result.
  7. Communicate with my sponsees. I honor my commitments to my sponsees: “for this I am responsible.”
  8. Make spiritual contact. A morning meditation and a nightly Tenth Step are the basic minimums in my routine. I foster as much conscious contact as I can.
  9. Sleep. I sleep twelve hours and honor that need of my body. Getting that sleep means my twelve hours awake can be powered by my HP.
  10. Give service. Having something to give back is a self-esteem boost from this awesome program.

— Carrie A., Centralia, Washington USA

OA offers OA-HOW meetings and other special topic and special focus meetings for members who need to work their program a specific way to find recovery. Click Find a Meeting on oa.org and select “Advanced Search” to learn more about these meetings. You can also find virtual meetings, including phone, online, and non-real-time meetings.

  • Learning More Each Day

    After several starts, I found myself knowing that OA was for me, thanks to the acceptance …
  • Eight Other Tools

    Here I sit, self-quarantined in the middle of a viral pandemic after returning home from t…
  • Uplifting Recovery

    I’m a group fitness instructor and have been for more than ten years. If someone told me w…
Load More Related Articles
  • Low-Tech Outreach

    I am on my intergroup’s public information committee. We make flyers with a tear-off porti…
  • Available to Everyone

    Here are a few ways I carry the message to other compulsive overeaters. I print out OA’s C…
  • Radio-Active

    I was listening to a commentary about obesity on our local radio station. The commentator …
Load More By admin
Load More In Tools & Concepts
Comments are closed.

Check Also

Low-Tech Outreach

I am on my intergroup’s public information committee. We make flyers with a tear-off porti…