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a 12 Step Program for compulsive food behaviors

We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are meetings in New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Slidell, Mandeville, and Covington

Overeaters Anonymous of the Greater New Orleans area charges no dues or fees; it is self supporting through member contributions. Unlike other organizations, Overeaters Anonymous is not just about weight loss, gain, or maintenance nor is it about obesity and diets. It addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. 

Overeaters Anonymous is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, or religious doctrine. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to care the message of recovery through the twelve steps to those who still suffer.

What is the Central Office of Louisiana (COLA)? 

COLA is the intergroup formed of Overeaters Anonymous meetings in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, and Terrebonne Parishes. Meeting representatives participate in COLA on behalf of their groups. Click here for more info on OA's service structure

The 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step recovery program for compulsive eaters, bingers, anorexics, and bulimics:

1. We admitted we were powerless over food that our lives had become unmanageable. 

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. 

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Tools of Recovery

In working Overeaters Anonymous' Twelve-Step program of recovery from compulsive food behaviors (overeating, restricting, and purging), we have found a number of tools to assist us. We use these tools regularly to help us achieve and maintain abstinence and recover from our disease:

  • A Plan of Eating

  • Sponsorship

  • Meetings

  • Telephone

  • Writing

  • Literature

  • Action Plan

  • Anonymity

  • Service


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C.O.LA Intergroup belongs to OA Region 8.

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Unity Day, Feb 29, 2020 from 1:00-4:00pm in Metairie


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