What exactly is an OA meeting like

At OASV we have a solution that not only addresses the obsession with food, but that offers a design for living that really works – and we have no dues or fees for membership!

To gain a better understanding of who we are and how we can help, register to attend a FREE “Newcomer Night” from 6-8pm, Pacific time – available dates:

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021

What to expect from an OASV meeting
First of all: deep breath. There’s nothing to be nervous about. You will be welcome. In fact, you’ll typically find us very open and friendly. What you will discover is that you are not alone anymore. Everyone at the meeting knows where you’re coming from regarding food. Here’s what happens at a typical meeting, but all meetings are a little different.

Once you’ve found a meeting that you want to check out, you show up. You may get in touch with the contact person for more information or to introduce yourself. Or you’re welcome to simply show up at any given meeting – arrive a few minutes early to introduce yourself. We like to say we enjoy the meeting before the meeting when we gather together early for fellowship.

Set aside 60-90 minutes for your meeting. Consider this “you” time. You’ll meet others like you with a simple first name introduction and be genuinely welcomed. Get yourself settled with the group to enjoy various readings, members sharing their journeys, and learning more about OA. Participate as much – or as little – as you want. You are welcome to share, but you don’t have to. If you have questions, you can talk with individual members before or after the meeting. Frequently, right after a meeting, whether in-person or online, we invite newcomers to ask questions and we provide answers based upon our personal experience, strength, and hope. Congratulations – you completed your first meeting!

But, wait. What about the weigh-in? What about paying a membership fee? There’s none of that. When people become OA members, they often voluntarily contribute, but it’s never required. We promise.

So, to recap, at OA there is:

  • No weigh-in
  • No membership fee
  • No judgment
  • No religion (ours is a ‘spiritual’ not ‘religious’ program of recovery, yet all are welcome: religious, agnostic, or atheist)
  • A safe (and a brave) place for everyone (all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, and sizes)
  • A program that works
  • Hope
  • And, there are people who will understand

To find the meeting that works for you we suggest you try a variety – typically, give at least 6 different meetings a try.  If you are honest, open-minded and willing (the HOW of the program), you will find a meeting where it will feel good to be “a part of,” rather than “apart from!”


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