Central Office of Louisiana OA Intergroup

12 Step Program for compulsive food behaviors

We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees. Whatever problem you may have with food, you are welcome at OA, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other trait.

How does OA define abstinence and recovery?

1. Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.

2. Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.

Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.


What is the Central Office of Louisiana (C.O.LA.)? 

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

The 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous

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.


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