The wave of the future is upon us! Social media is fast becoming a powerful tool to carry the message! Wouldn’t it be great if a message of hope were to pop up on the channel of the still-suffering compulsive overeater? Or on a random search of a dejected food addict, desperately searching online for a solution? We are looking for creative members who are willing to give service in this new & exciting endeavor!
OA Creative has launched its own social media network branching across Facebook, TikTok, Instagram as well as our own Blog/eZine in the hopes to share our experience, strength and hope to all those who have yet to find Overeaters Anonymous, and to continue to inspire our existing members. We would welcome your creative share!
- Are you an OA member who is abstinent and working your program?
- Are you willing to give service by creating an original work focused on your personal recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA?
- Are you willing to release the rights of your original work to OA so that we may edit your story, make it anonymous, and share it on the internet?
We will accept any work that demonstrates personal recovery and abstinence from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors as the result of working the Twelve Steps of OA.
Your work can be:
- Writing, creative journaling, or poetry
- Recorded audio or video
- Photography, illustration, or animation
Written works that are not poetry, that are over three hundred words, ideally up to 1,500 to 2,000 words work wonderfully for our blog posts, and longer pieces are welcome.
For audio and video, smaller clips of up to 1-3 minutes might be better for the TikToks, but longer pieces would be welcomed on the blog, regardless of length.
Please include a small written commentary with any photograph or illustration to relate the image to your recovery in Overeaters Anonymous., we recommend you include some written or recorded commentary to better relate the image to your OA recovery.
While we would welcome the message in any language, we must ensure the OA message is clear and correct in every language. Therefore, all non-English submissions must first be reviewed and approved by a registered OA service body, such as a national or language service board, that can support a Traditions review and edit your submission for grammar and style in your language. Please talk to our team to see how we can help you achieve this!
Some Suggested Guidelines for Sharing:
You may, if you wish, include your first name at the beginning of your piece. “My name is ____.”
Please do not include any other personally identifying information or identifiable pictures of yourself or other members.
Please share how long you’ve been abstinent and whether you are maintaining or working toward a healthy body weight.
As you create your share for OA Creative, think about someone who is still suffering and, today, is just like you were before you found OA.
What parts of your story do you think would be important for them to hear?
If that person were searching online for a solution to their problem, what words or phrases might they use that are also a part of your story?
There will be plenty of space to focus on the solution, so be sure to include enough of the problem in your share so that this newcomer might find your story online and identify.
Include descriptions of your physical, emotional, and spiritual states before you found OA.
Describe what happened after you found OA.
What important or memorable things do you want to say about your journey of working the Twelve Steps of OA to find abstinence and recovery?
What was it like to change physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
How has OA changed your life?
What is it like now to be abstinent and living in recovery?
Share your joys!
Observations about our Steps, Traditions, Tools, Principles, or Concepts of OA Service, including how they have related to your recovery
Shares that give your Twelfth Step Within, providing hope to those in our Fellowship who are still suffering
Relating your positive OA experiences in a lively, colorful, or humorous way
Addressing your difficult OA experiences in a constructive, nonjudgmental, and non-preaching manner
Describing how your OA program has helped you resolve a conflict, improved your self-esteem, or made your life manageable
Sharing your experience and questions as a newcomer
Giving a positive history or account of OA in your service area
There are many ways to give service through sharing. For more ideas, see the More Suggested Topics list below.
Maintaining Our Traditions
OA Creative is committed to upholding the Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous. Before you submit your share, we suggest you, your sponsor, and/or OA friend review your work for Tradition issues. OA world service will also edit your work if possible or may reject your work if Tradition issues are found.
More about Online Anonymity
Carrying the message online means upholding a higher standard for anonymity. We are sharing our recovery via public media, and the risks of breaking anonymity on the internet are different. For example, voice recognition technology could be used to expose an OA speaker’s identity if that member also has a prominent online presence outside of the rooms.
In your share, you should do your best to obscure personal details that could give away who you are, what you do outside of the rooms, and where you live or visit. This also applies to anyone you reference in your share, such as a family member. This is especially important if you record audio or video because it won’t be as easy for the World Service Office to make editorial changes.
After You Submit Your Work
After you submit your work using the online form HERE, our OA Creative committee will file your submission. When it is selected for publication, our staff will first make your work anonymous by removing any identifying information except for your first name if you use it in the body of your share. Next, your work will be edited, as needed, to meet our publication standards. Additionally, your work may be enhanced. For example, if you send a written share, your work may also be used to create an audio recording or a video. Enhancements will be created by OA Creative members giving service through their talents with digital arts. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive notification from us when your work is published.
More Suggested Topics
We invite you to write first from your heart. You may also find inspiration among these suggested topics. We recommend you write directly to the topic you have chosen and relate this topic to your personal recovery from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors through working the Twelve Steps of OA.
Meeting Special Topics recognized by OA
- 90 Day
- Ask-It Basket (questions are sent to OA trustees)
- Recovery from relapse
Meeting Special Focuses recognized by OA
- 100-pounders (45 kg)
- Asian Pacific Islanders
- Bariatric Surgery
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
- Health issues
- Young People
Other Topics You Can Relate to Your Recovery
- Action plan
- Asking for help
- Body image
- Character defects
- Cross talk
- Deadly disease
- Difficult situations
- Events (your experience at an OA workshop, retreat, etc.)
- Fear and resentment
- General observations about recovery in OA
- Grieving and loss
- Higher Power
- Hitting bottom
- International Day Experiencing Abstinence (IDEA)
- Keep coming back
- Letter to the editor (Share-It)
- Membership retention
- OA Birthday
- Physical recovery
- Plan of eating
- Professional outreach
- Program maintenance
- Public information
- Recovery from relapse
- Sponsorship Day
- Threefold recovery
- Twelfth Step Within
- Twelfth Step Within Day
- Unity Day
- Vacation and travel
- Virtual support
- Working the program
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