Reach Out to Suffering Members in Fellowship

Telephone on the 12th of Every Month

“Telephone or electronic contact also provides an immediate outlet for those hard-to-handle highs and lows we may experience.”

– Overeaters Anonymous Tools of Recovery (abridged)

Click here for twelfth step fliers!


New Step Study forming!



QUESTIONS? Contact Jenny K at 510-333-3708

  • In order to maintain continuity and continued progress, this group will be closed after 3/14. This group is a 17-week commitment.
  • All participants should have their own copies of the OA 12 & 12, Alcoholics Anonymous 4th edition, AA 12 & 12, Voices of Recovery and For Today for meetings and homework.

Click here for the Step Study Overeaters Anonymous flier!

Traveling to Northern California in March?

Body Image –  Love the One You’ve Got! (sponsored by Santa Cruz Intergroup)

THURSDAY MARCH 22ND – 6:00 – 8:30 PM (registration begins at 5:30)Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6 – 8:30 pm, with registration starting at 5:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall * 420 Melrose Ave. * Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Entrance on Poplar)
SUGGESTED DONATION: $8-$15 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
QUESTIONS? Contact Leslie at or 831-425-5132

The Big Book Comes Alive (sponsored by the Channel Islands Intergroup)

FRIDAY April 6SUNDAY April 8

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS * 350 E. Port Hueneme Road * Port Hueneme, CA * 93041  Hotel Paid Separately. Please contact the hotel directly at (805) 986-5353.

  • OA group room rates are being held until 3/1/18 (make sure to mention this when making reservation). After 3/1/18 standard room rates will apply.
  • $138/1-2 people per night, $148/3 people per night, $158/4 people per night
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel. Please bring your own reusable water bottle.


A recovered compulsive eater from Winnipeg, Canada who has 24 years of abstinence. He has dedicated his life to serving OA and bringing the Big Book Alive. Together we will go through all the steps as instructed in the Big Book.


Two ways to register –

Register online: (transaction fee will be applied) Click here to register for The Big Book Comes Alive Retreat!

Mail in registration: Big Book Comes Alive Mail-in form and flyer

Make check payable to Channel Islands Intergroup and mail to P.O. Box 1321, Summerland, CA 93067  

  • $50 Registration Fee (Jan. 1 thru Feb. 28, 2018)
  • $60 Registration Fee (After Mar. 1, 2018)

No cancellations or refunds, but registration is transferable.

For general information contact: Janine I. (206) 841-1965 or Amy W. (646) 373-6828
Want to give service at this retreat? Contact our volunteer coordinator Stephanie J. (805) 729-4811

Click here for more information about The Big Book Comes Alive Retreat!


It’s a ‘Whee!’ Program
Registration is Now Open for the
OA Region 2 Convention in Sacramento

SACRAMENTOONLINE REGISTRATION opened this week for Overeaters Anonymous’ Region 2 Convention, June 29 through July 1, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Northeast, 5321 Date Avenue, in Sacramento.

Here is a sneak preview of what’s in store, hot off the presses!


  • Opening Ceremony
  • Saturday Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • Closing Ceremony

    • Workshops
    • Marathon Meetings
    • OA Musical, “The Sound of Recovery”
    • Clothing Boutique and Silent Auction
    • Quilt and 50-50 Drawings
Early Bird Registration Special
$45 to register by April 15, 2018
($55 by June 10, 2018 and $65 at the door)

Click here for 2018 Region 2 Convention Brochure!

You are not alone

Are you a Compulsive Overeater?

Now that you have found Overeaters Anonymous, you may want to make sure our program is right for you. Many of us have found it useful to answer the following questions to help determine if we have a problem with compulsive eating.

Fifteen Questions

  1. Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment?

    Yes No
  2. Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I’m stuffed or even feel sick?

    Yes No
  3. Do I have feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?

    Yes No
  4. Do I eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when I am alone?

    Yes No
  5. Is my eating affecting my health or the way I live my life?

    Yes No
  6. When my emotions are intense — whether positive or negative — do I find myself reaching for food?

    Yes No
  7. Do my eating behaviors make me or others unhappy?

    Yes No
  8. Have I ever used laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, excessive exercise, diet pills, shots or other medical interventions (including surgery) to try to control my weight?

    Yes No
  9. Do I fast or severely restrict my food intake to control my weight?

    Yes No
  10. Do I fantasize about how much better life would be if I were a different size or weight?

    Yes No
  11. Do I need to chew or have something in my mouth all the time: food, gum, mints, candies or beverages?

    Yes No
  12. Have I ever eaten food that is burned, frozen or spoiled; from containers in the grocery store; or out of the garbage?

    Yes No
  13. Are there certain foods I can’t stop eating after having the first bite?

    Yes No
  14. Have I lost weight with a diet or “period of control” only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain?

    Yes No
  15. Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, planning the next diet or exercise cure, or counting calories?

    Yes No

Have you answered “yes” to several of these questions? If so, it is possible that you have, or are well on your way to having, a compulsive eating or overeating problem. 

To learn more go to Program Basics

To find a meeting go to Find a Meeting