Solidarity is the Principle behind Tradition Six. It reminds us, among other things, we are all equal in this program and we can’t let money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Some definitions of solidarity include terms like “unity,” “agreement,” and “consensus among individuals with a common interest.”

In Overeaters Anonymous, there are a lot of differing ideas: what constitutes abstinence, what is an acceptable eating plan, how to work the Steps, and more. But just about everyone in OA seems to share a common interest—we’re all seeking to escape the torture that accompanies compulsive eating and to heal our minds and bodies of the devastation this disease wreaks on us. In order to get freedom, we have to unite and live in solidarity: with a Higher Power, with the program, and with each other.

There is a reason OA is called a “we” program!

— Edited and reprinted from OA Today newsletter, St. Louis Bi-State Area Intergroup, June 2014

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