Hi, I am a compulsive overeater and have been in OA for twenty-six years. I have been abstinent for almost three years and have lost about 200 pounds (90 kg). In the beginning, Bill W. turned away from the bar to carry the message of recovery to Dr. Bob. From one person to another, from one service to another, Twelve Step programs and OA came into being. We now have our own OA Steps, Traditions, and Concepts of Service. Our Preamble, Step Twelve, and Tradition Five all ask us to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

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